I have been a self-taught leather artisan since 1978. It all began when I was a college student in Boston, MA. Barnes & Noble opened it's first bookstore in downtown Boston. I always dabbled in all sorts of crafts, so I went to the craft section in the bookstore. I found a book on leatherwork for $2 and it mentioned 2 leather supply companies in the South Station area of the city. I took the subway there the next day. I bought my first hide of leather and my first hand tools. The first item I ever made was leather vest, which I still wear today. As I explored leather further I taught myself how to carve nature scenes. I have lived in New Hampshire most of my life and the pictures in my North American Collection, reflect the beauty of it's landscapes and the wildlife living there. I have now expanded my Collections to include a Rainforest and an Artic Collection. I make a line of Native American style items as well. Everything is made in my workshop in the basement of our log cabin home.
I make my own patterns for most of the things I make.
Everything here is made by my hands and my hands alone. Each item is unique. I may use patterns to trace the animals onto the leather, but I always draw the backgrounds freehand, so EVERY ITEM is different.
Some of the items I make include Photo Albums, Journals, Notepads, Book Covers, Wallets , Key Holders, Knife Sheaths/Cases, BELTS, Guitar Straps, Rifle Slings, Barettes, Change Purses, Hobby Horses, Letter Boxes, Ornaments, and so much more!
Please check out my catalog (in progress).
Custom Orders welcome.
Log Cabin Leather by Jan, LLC
Be sure to check out the article about me in KEARSARGE MAGAZINE ,
winter edition 2012/2013.