Wizened Oak Leather

I started working leather quite by accident. One summer in high school I got a job working at a Boy Scout camp directing their arts program and the leatherworking class needed a teacher.

I learned this on a Saturday and at 9 am the following Monday, I, and 20 some odd scouts made our first belts together.

The first week's belts weren't all pretty but they could all hold up a pair of pants.

After the panic of those first few weeks I quickly fell in love with the art form.

I bumbled through my first summer there, but I kept at it. Bought my own tools one by one.

The next year I got a little better,
and better still the year after that,
and I guess I never really stopped.