Sole Talk

Amara Hark-Weber’s impeccable, handmade shoes are in a class by themselves By Lynn Ascrizzi In our modern era of mass-manufactured, big-brand footwear, a person’s desire for a pair of new shoes can be quickly satisfied. Does this mean that the curtain is falling forever on the one-of-a-kind, handcrafted shoe? For an answer, take a look […]


Buffalo Jackson

and the Return of the Rugged Gentleman By Gene Fowler “Honor your wild.” It almost seems a travesty to deem such a noble, stirring phrase a mere motto, but in the case of Buffalo Jackson Trading Company, the leather goods and clothing outfit that lays claim to the spirited maxim, the three simple yet profound […]


Mark Staton Co

A One-Stop Alligator Resource By Liisa Andreassen It all began in 1992, when Mark Staton returned to his home state of Louisiana after a three-year stint in Papua New Guinea. While there, he lived with his wife and three children and worked on the world’s largest commercial crocodile farm. Today, he runs a business, Mark Staton […]


Herb Bork

Cast to Last By Nick Pernokas The old dog was getting stiffer and could feel the early morning chill more these days. At 20, she sometimes needed help getting in the truck for the daily half-hour ride out to the ranch. The old man was stiff as well, with two knees that pained him and […]

Boot/Shoe Saddles/Tack

A One-Man Leather Shop

Long-time leatherwork instructor, Mike DeWitt, keeps his heritage craft alive and well in Oklahoma By Lynn Ascrizzi You never know where a passion for the age-old art of leathercraft will take you. For Michael DeWitt, owner and operator of DeWitt Custom Leatherworks, the long and winding trail that leading to his current workshop in Henryetta, […]


All the ‘Wright’ Stuff

Hand-built, concealed-carry leather holsters are Ohio workshop’s specialty By Lynn Ascrizzi What makes people take a chance and start a new business? Maybe it’s because they got a little nudge from the grandmother of all start-ups — creative dissatisfaction. This motivating mindset seems to be what galvanized Brandon and Scott Wright seven years ago, when […]


Techsew: Something for Everyone

By Nick Pernokas Raphael Ohayon started Raphael Sewing Machines in 1974, in Montreal, Canada, as a repair shop. He was also a dealer for the Singer Industrial machines that were being produced at that time. The textile and fur industries were strong in the Montreal area then and Raphael had a large pool of clients. […]