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Flowing and Growing

Silver Creek Leather Co. is leading leathercraft supplier in the domestic craft store market By Lynn Ascrizzi You never know when a real opportunity will come knocking. It might even appear in the guise of a company closeout. In 2002, Caldwell/Moser Tannery of New Albany, Indiana, in business since 1878, shut its doors. Among its […]

Boot/Shoe

Lisa Sorrell

A Ladies Touch By Danna Burns Shaw When you visit with Lisa Sorrell you soon realize that she has a zest for learning and chooses to live a bigger and kinder life. Lisa was raised in southwest Missouri in a conservative church where the women all wore long hair and long dresses.  Her mother began […]

Boot/Shoe

“Ah, Wilderness!”

Alkahest Moccasins & Leathercrafts — custom-made goods hand-built in the wild heart of Oregon’s high alpine country By Lynn Ascrizzi Eight years ago, on a fine spring day, Dustin Lyons and Tiera Ptacek set out on a life-changing, 350-mile odyssey, driving from San Francisco to Ashland, Oregon, in a tiny, Chevy Geo Metro. “We had […]

Leather

Hitch-N-Stitch

By Liisa Andreassen When she received an order for Miley Cyrus, she thought it was a joke. That joke turned out to be very real for Michelle Wheeler, founder of Hitch-N-Stitch, a custom show-apparel shop outside of Atlanta that makes colorful western chaps, chinks, shirts and a variety of other accessories. This middle school teacher […]

Accessories

Woodman Leathercraft

Maine artist’s start-up enterprise leads to custom designs witha distinct sense of place By Lynn Ascrizzi It is no mere coincidence that the leatherwork being created by artist-designer Charlotte Woodman has evolved intoa harmonious synthesis of heritage craftsmanship with clean, functional, modern lines. A big influence on her passion for fine handmade work is rooted […]

Saddles/Tack

Carol Gessell

In Pursuit of Art By Nick Pernokas The attractive, fiftyish artist concentrates on cutting in her scroll pattern in the cased leather. A book on tape plays in the background. An orange cat, Minkey, ignores both the woman and the mystery thriller. At 19, she needs her beauty sleep. When the woman begins to stamp […]

Accessories

Ransack Leather

Lisa Nihiser’s Vintage Global Cowgirl Goth By Gene Fowler For Lisa Nihiser of Chicago’s Ransack Leather, it’s all about creativity. The one-woman, bag and clutch company lives up to its pirate-punk moniker – with one-of-a-kind designs that pack a wallop of swagger and style. Most of her creations are made with a combination of newly […]