The Fine Company of Makers

The Fine Company of Makers

As a maker I am always looking to further my education. Each time I learn a new technique, process or material detail, it broadens my toolkit. I never know when I will have to call upon knowledge gained from such study. Sometimes an exotic hide that I have decided to use in a handbag poses a particular challenge or demands a change to my construction method. Sometimes it is simply the design of the item that calls upon some old leather lacing technique. Leather artisans like all artist, go through the same turmoil , wrangling with design elements . Often this battle is done in isolation and sometimes with our support staff. It is nice to take a break, but it is a joy to do so with other artisans. I gave myself time in September to do just that. Four days in Philadelphia with Sean of Fineleatherworking.com and seven other artisan passionate about leather, leatherwork and sewing. Plenty of funny stories were passed around. Time went far quicker than we would have liked. Sean is a patient teacher who knows when to provide extra support ...and when to leave you alone to your task. A shout-out to Fishtown, it is a foodies delight to visit. If your are ever in the city of Philadelphia for a visit, be sure to grab lunch there. There is something for just about everyone. Sean's team made sure our lunch breaks had plenty of great food, delivered quickly. I highly recommend the experience to anyone serious about leather work.

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