Russell Moccasin Co.

Making quality, outdoor footwear, one pair at a time, since 1898 By Lynn Ascrizzi If you’re deep into exploring mountainous terrain, or you only feel fully alive while trekking over miles of woods and fields or braving wild savannahs — then you definitely have worn out a lot of boots. And, it’s a sure bet that you’ve learned, after suffering painful blisters, raw skin and bruises, that a pair of

Mason Dixon Made

By Gene Fowler When Philadelphia leather crafter Heather Holiday needed to choose a name for her company that produces handmade bags and men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, she reached back into her own childhood. “I grew up in Maryland,” Heather explains, “and we had relatives in Pennsylvania. So every time we would go visit them, my brother and I would play a game about crossing the state line, which is also the famous Mason Dixon Line.”  That

White’s Boots

By Danna Burns-Shaw White’s Boots opened around 1850 in the bustling state of Virginia.  New industries were emerging in Virginia’s cities. By the late 1850’s, Virginia could claim 4,841 manufacturing establishments, making it fifth among the states in this category. Canals and railroads connected farmers, rural flour mills, iron furnaces, coal mines and loggers. In the new found industrial age, the White family saw a need for well-made industrial work

Scott McCulloch: Finding His Place

By Nick Pernokas Sometimes it takes a while to find out where you’re supposed to be. In the case of Scott McCulloch, he wasn’t that far away; it just took a few years to get there. Scott grew up in Galt, California. Scott’s dad, Bill McCulloch, made saddles and sold animal health and pharmaceutical supplies. Both Bill and his wife, Terri, roped. Bill built mostly swell fork ranch ropers with

Roje Leather – Internationally Connected

By Danna Burns-Shaw Jeramiah Kapp has led an adventurous life to which most “homebodies” could not relate. Born in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri on a cattle ranch in 1974, he moved to St. Louis in 1982 and would spend the next 18 years living a somewhat atypical upbringing. Attending Webster University in Webster Groves (a suburb of St. Louis), known as the “study abroad” school, Jeramiah began his studies

Goin’ West: The Amazing Leatherworkx of Jürgen Volbach

By Gene Fowler Pioneer German immigrants contributed greatly to the settlement of frontier America. Tales and legends of the Wild West enchanted many Germans who remained in the Old World. Even the great Deutsch writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832), considered making the voyage – writing later in life, “America at that time [1775] was perhaps even more so than now the Eldorado of those who felt oppressed

Weaver Leather

Ohio company celebrates 45 years of growth, innovation and service By Lynn Ascrizzi The small Ohio community called Mount Hope seems to be a fitting metaphor for the leather goods manufacturer, distributor and retailer that is Weaver Leather, LLC, because over the years, the enterprise has extended as much optimism and promise to its employees, as its workforce has brought to the well-established business. The company, based in a 300,000-square-foot

Award Winning Bob Klenda

By Danna Burns-Shaw First Impression  They say first impressions are everything. My first impression of Bob Klenda occurred at the CSMA Winter Seminar, held at Burns Saddlery in January of this year.    The room was full of all levels of leather artisans; my seat was the stairs because all the chairs were taken – giving me a wonderful opportunity to observe the attendees.   My first impression of Bob Klenda was watching him attentively observing my son, Braydan Shaw, giving a presentation about business practices. Bob’s posture was erect, his attention undivided and he seemed

Tres Outlaws in El Paso

The Road to California Leads to the City at the Pass By Gene Fowler [gallery ids="1231,1226,1228,1234,1227,1233,1230,1225,1229" type="rectangular"] Back in the Days of ’49, many a pilgrim bound for the California gold fields traveled through the westernmost tip of Texas. In those days, the community called El Paso del Norte was on the southern side of the Rio Grande, and a smaller settlement of Americanos was growing across the river.  “The sight of this little place

Springfield Leather

Keeping up with success is their biggest challenge By Lynn Ascrizzi In Springfield, Missouri, amid a sprawling network of streets, concrete office buildings and asphalt parking lots, is a long strip mall that might seem, at first glance, to be just a nondescript part of the urbanscape.   This site, however, happens to be the bustling, creative hub that is Springfield Leather Co. (SLC). Their eye-catching sign stretches above a long string of mall storefronts that make up its roughly 30,000-square-foot commercial space; a business quite distinct from the usual mix of boutiques, coffee shops and hair salons that you’d expect to find there.   And, displayed below that sign is the name of the company’s jewelry-and-rock- specimen supply division — Touchstone Beads.   For the past 19 years, this landmark company has evolved into a highly successful, go-to place for a