Keystone has the capability to cut soles on demand. By Nick Pernokas It seems like Dave Schall, the president and co-owner of Keystone Leather in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was always destined to fill this role. Now 58, Dave Schall finished college in 1982 and went to work for the E.H. Hall Company, which was a sole cutting company in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They had 15 full time cutters. In 1990, E.H. Hall,
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.
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
At Orion Calf, Ltd, it all begins in France and with the way a calf is raised By Lynn Ascrizzi Greg Carmack, sales and customer service rep for Orion Calf Ltd., displays imported French calfskin from Tannerie d'Annonay, at the company's warehouse in Waco, Texas. The supplier has an exclusive working relationship with two French tanneries. It is fine-grained leather, delicate but durable, soft and velvety to the touch. We’re
A Tandy-tastic Century By Gene Fowler What’s the first thing folks think of when they hear the word leathercraft? I’d just about bet the farm that, from Tucumcari to Timbuktu, most folks think of Tandy. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the company with more than 100 retail leathercraft stores across the U.S. and overseas, turns 100 years young in 2019. In addition to celebrating the big birthday with a company-wide
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 Co., based in Lafayette that deals mostly in alligator leather goods. Living in the isolated
Lifetime Leather tote bags are enhanced with copper and brass rivets, magnetic clasps and antique-colored brass zippers. Larger products include crossbody purses, fanny packs, ladies rucksacks and messenger and duffle bags. Arizona Company was founded on True Grit and Talent By Lynn Ascrizzi When times are tough, sheer inspiration, like an angel of grace, can come unbidden at the most unexpected moments — even though it might first appear in the guise of a discarded
Old School Meets New School By Nick Pernokas Matt Foster wasn’t always in the leather business. He started out as a loan officer in a bank, but he was looking for a more satisfying path. Matt’s brother had been working for some leather companies in California and Matt was intrigued by the leather business. The pair joined forces and formed a leather sales company called Stevenson Paxton in 1985. They opened stores in Arlington, Texas, and Sheridan, Wyoming. “The leather
A Supernatural Natural By Gene Fowler Natural talent has a knack for finding its way to the gallery or stage, especially when it operates in Shakespeare’s context of “all the world.” Many, if not most, of the leathercraft artists I’ve spoken with began drawing or practicing some other form of the visual arts in their youth. It was kind of like breathing for them; it was something they just did.
Know Your Customer By Nick Pernokas Jack Gully decided to take a break from the plains of Montana in Miles City. He was hauling a load of horses home to South Dakota. As he ate breakfast in the motel, an older gentleman walked up. Jack didn’t recognize him at first. The man said, “You damn sure knew what you were doing!” Jack looked at the man blankly, until he began