Leather Visiting Artist Workshop
Leather: Floral Carving
All levels welcome
Nov 04 - 05 | sat | 9:00AM - 1:00PM | sun | 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Join nationally known Marty Elmore and Rick Lanning, as they guide you into the wide world of floral carving, one of the most versatile leather crafts skills in the leather business. It has been used to decorate leather in almost every field of leatherworking, from footwear to furniture, from purses to saddles and everything in between. During this class, you will learn some of the elements of floral carving and leather tooling, and practice with the instructor’s help. On Saturday morning students will learn what the different tools do and be introduced to how to set up your design. Then students have the afternoon to "recharge" and come back on Sunday to execute their designs.
Tools need to be brought or purchased at the Flat Creek Saddle Shop. Leather will be provided.
Marty Elmore has been working with leather and cattle for 45 years. Not only does he create leather products but he uses them. Marty apprenticed under Don Butler in Sheridan in the early 1980's. He started a wholesale production strap goods company in 1987 which grew to have 10 employees, but sold that business in 2000. Now Marty produces specialty items for several wholesale customers regionally and nationwide.
Like most in his generation, Rick Lanning was given a hand-me-down set of leather tools at a young age and received basic leather knowledge through 4-H. In Rick’s early twenties he became a boot maker and repairman where he worked for several years until he sold the business in the mid eighties. Rick then combined leather work and horse training for many years, building custom saddles and tack for his many customers. Today, he and his wife, have a successful wholesale and contract leather carving business that is run in Caldwell, Idaho.