I call the leathers I use "pro-impact" because they each have environmentally or socially responsible attributes that are moving us in the direction of harmony with the planet that sustains us all. You can go to the Pro-impact Leathers tab for more info on the leathers I use and the organizations I support.
My favorite aspect of creating is playing with all the rich tones and textures of leather in combination with other organic elements. I work to create functional designs that both enhance the natural beauty of leather and highlight it’s one of a kind nature. My techniques range from ancient to innovative and I consider many of my pieces to be one of a kind by Mother Nature’s design. I intentionally include natural range marks and use leathers with distinctive grain patterns that cannot be duplicated. I also love to choose accents like antler, ancient walrus ivories and handmade natural fiber papers that have enough character to make each piece made with them truly unique.
I first began leather work in 1988 right out of high school when I began working with, Master Bladesmith, Daniel Winkler when he made the knives for the main characters in the film “The Last of the Mohicans”. He ended up becoming my uncle and he and his partner, my Aunt Karen, a gifted leather artisan, have been my main mentors over the years. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with him to create limited edition pieces for the Orvis Catalog as well as creating numerous designs of my own for their catalog over the past few years.
I live and love in the Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains with my precious daughter Juliet, and our beloved community. I give thanks for your interest in my work and the opportunity to do what I love.
If you have any questions at all about my work, please don't hesitate to contact me.