Accessories

Stidham Outfitters and Custom Leather

Ropin’ and Toolin’ in Johnson City, Texas By Gene Fowler Leather artist Seth Stidham has a front row seat on Main Street of the Texas Hill Country. When he sits at his workbench at Stidham Outfitters and Custom Leather in the two-stoplight town of Johnson City, tooling most any creation that befits the classic Sheridan style, he can look out a big picture window at the endless parade on US
Artisan

EPIC LEATHER WORK, ON A GREEK ISLAND

Co-founders of Epos Custom Leather create powerful mythic imagery and historical recreations    By Lynn Ascrizzi If gray winter ever gets you down, think of the Greek island of Rhodes, set like a rough-cut gemstone in the sparkling Aegean. “It’s called the ‘Island of the Sun,’” said Natalie Orfanidi, a gifted leather artist born and raised in Rhodes, the fourth largest island in Greece, a place where remains of ancient city
Supplier

Pecard Leather Company – The Legacy Lives On

A variety of vintage containers illustrate Pecard's ability to stand the test of time. by Liisa Andreassen It was in 1902 that the Pecard Chemical Co., Inc. first got its start as a small family-owned business in northeastern Wisconsin. Since then, it’s gone through several changes, but it’s commitment to service and quality has never wavered. Pecard remains a trusted name for the treatment, preservation and weatherproofing of leather. All in
Saddles/Tack

Tad Mizwa: A Lasting Impression

This Mother Hubbard saddle is representative of the historical miniature reproductions that Tad made. The base price on his miniature saddles in the 1990's was $3000. By Nick Pernokas John Kelley always eagerly anticipated his monthly copy of Shop Talk! Magazine. The Morton, Illinois, leatherworker had been working with leather since he was 10. He had created beautiful knife sheaths, holsters and handbags, many featuring beautiful carving and fine hand
Harness

Celebrating 100 Years of Exceptional Harness Making

Bowman Harness is sustaining a living heritage tradition A driving horse, decked out in leather harness that features a Deep Curve Breast Collar made by Bowman Harness of Millersburg, Ohio, pulls an Amish buggy. By Lynn Ascrizzi The folks at Bowman Harness, Ltd. of Millersburg, Ohio, don’t put much credence into talking big or taking on airs — they’re too busy doing. In fact, the four-generation, collective family enterprise has
Leather

American Tanning & Leather’s Queen of Gator

The Queen of Gator, Christy Plott, 40, has definitely earned this self-appointed title by her success in the alligator leather industry. By Danna Burns-Shaw Christy Plott is part of multi-generational family leather business, American Tanning & Leather LLC. “Am Tan” is a five-generation business that is located in Griffin, Georgia, 40 miles south of Atlanta, right at the source of the finest raw material in the world, the Louisiana alligator.  
Boot/Shoe

“The Michelangelo of Cowboy Boots”

“Charlie Dunn, He’s the One to See” by Gene Fowler Photograph courtesy of The Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Photographer Jim McGuire made images of the Grand Ole Opry legends and other country-western stars, and here he shot bootmaking legend Charlie Dunn. Perched all pretty on the Colorado River, where the limestone hills of Central Texas tumble down from the west to meet the Blackland
Leather

Tennessee Tanning Company: Staying Ahead of the Ball

Terry Kennemer, MLB Production Manager and Tennessee Tanning Wet Floor Supervisor By Nick Pernokas Terry Kennemer would remind you of a chef. He can talk about intricate recipes and what they produce off the top of his head. Like many good chefs, he won’t tell you all of the ingredients. However, it’s not a gourmet meal that he’s enthusiastically describing, but rather a signature piece of leather. Terry is the
Accessories

Billykirk!

“The Proof Is in the Patina” Leather Products as Distinctive as the Company Name Chris Bray runs the Jersey City leathercrafts company with his younger brother Kirk, whose full name is William Kirkland Bray. Dubbed Billykirk by the brothers' father, Kirk knew way back in high school that he and his brother would someday start a business. By Gene Fowler Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray—owners of the Jersey City-based quality