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Jan Herrbach
Jan's Custom Leather

Rams Head: Embossed Big Horn Rams Head. Acrylic use of Coloring



Robert Ower
Bob Ower's Leather Craft

Saddle: This saddle is a youth saddle. It is built on a very old tree supplied to me several years ago by a Navajo friend. The remains of the saddle (in very poor condition) were used to develop cutting patterns for the saddle parts. The carving pattern is my own design.



Frank J. Zaharek Jr

Tri-Seat with Merlin Motif: Here is my rendition of the magician Merlin in a Tandy Tri-Seat which was done for my son for his renaissance room. Being a history teacher he is heavy into this period and D&D game playing.



Carrie Dowell
Carrie's Custom Chaps

Horse Portrait: one of my favorite things that I've done (a commissioned portrait). It was embossed, (my first time to do that), carved, painted and then real horse hair added for the mane and forelock.



Ann Waters
Ann Waters Leather Arts

Mr. Lucky: This is a portrait of Mr. Lucky, a quarter horse mix. The picture was embossed with the ears peeled away from the back with a scalpel so they stand out like real ones do. It was painted with acrylics. His coat color, flea -bitten gray, is considered the hardest of all coat colors to paint. I painted it in layers so that the spots don't appear painted on. He is the first in a series of horse portraits that I am doing for the Midwest Horse Fair.



Paul Krause
PK BootMaker's Northern Arizona LeatherWorks

Rodeo Case: This Photo Album was donated to our Chamber of Commerce, here in Prescott Az., for a silent auction fund raising event. Prescott bills itself as the location of The Worlds Oldest Rodeo, so these themes just asked to be combined for the project. The floral corners and flag background are designs 'borrowed' from fellow guild member, Silva Fox, and the bronco rider from Jim Linnel of Hidecrafter Leathercrafts. The basket tool used on the back, is from Pro-Series tool maker Bob Beard. The winning bid went to the owner of Jersey Lillie's, an historical bar on Whiskey Row!



Ben Hughes
New Dimensions Art in Leather

Hanging Floral Basket Wall Clock: Edges filigrees as an alternative to Framing.



Peter Main
Peter Main Leather

Wedding Bouquet: All are made from extremely thin leather and colored with spirit dye. I made a bouquet, a headpiece and six corsages. There is a total of 1044 separate pieces making up this wedding arrangement. The flowers (including the buds and small flowers) have separate petals, colored with spirit dye in four steps...light yellow, dark yellow, orange and red. The leaves have fine wires glued to the back. These wires are covered with colored strips of fine paper to ensure their permanent attachment. They were cut with a scalpel (a painstaking exercise) and there are four different sizes made. They are colored in three steps of green. All the stems of the leaves and flowers were wrapped with leather (dyed green) progressively as the arrangement was being made. The yellow bow and ribbon is also leather. These are colored with a light shaded orange at the sides and finished with red edges.



Gabrielle Tindall

Green Tree Frog Diary Cover: The frog is an Australian species, the Green tree frog (Litoria cerulaea), which is common in the subtropical rainforest. The frog book is a diary cover, with pen loop and fastener, in A5 size. It is on 2mm New Zealand veg tan, carved and embossed (with the frog packed from behind), and coloured with acrylics. The edges are turned, and machine stitched. It is lined with soft green roo hide.



Thom Keach

Surfer Notebook: One of my favorite products was done for the son of a client that was a professional California surfer "dude". It was done from a photograph of him riding a wave in Hawaii. Coloring was done with a combination of dyes, acrylic paints and antique stain on the back side of the book. The entire book was then laced to give it added strength and a frame like effect for the surfing scene.



Wayne Christensen
Leather by WC

Journal: This journal started out as a store bought journal that I stripped the cover off, leaving the factory interior and lining. Then I carved a new one, added the new latch for my daughter's privacy ( she is a teenager now ) and laced it back together. Coloring on the rose, the name and the background of the floral design were done with an airbrush. I then applied a coat of Super Sheen on the floral carving, then went over the whole thing with Tandy's antique saddle tan stain. The super sheen resist the stain and keeps the area the natural color of the leather.



Cathy Schlim

Purse: This bag was made for a client's girlfriend, Deb. She liked the traditional style of carving...one which I enjoy doing...so I stayed with the design supplied in the pattern. The finish is a medium brown antique covered with an acrylic finish and topped with a highlighter lightly applied to bring out the cuts. I added white buck stitching and dark brown 1/8" lace trim to set it all off.


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