2020 Plans for Log Cabin Leather by Jan
I plan is to write a weekly blog that will tell you all about how I got my start with leather, what inspires me, how I create my projects, new upcoming product lines and other information I think might be interesting to you.
How Log Cabin Leather by Jan Began
My adventure with leather began way back in 1977. I had dabbled in many crafts as a child, but when I discovered leather as a medium, I fell in love. I began to explore the amazing properties of leather. I began to create items for family and friends. I taught myself to carve leather. Books by Paul Burnette were my inspiration.
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Jan Hibbard was born and raised in Wakefield, Mass. My love of animals and my interest in crafts developed as a child. My journey with leather began 42 years ago as I working on my teaching degree in Boston. Barnes & Noble opened in downtown Boston and I found a book on leatherwork. It mentioned 2 leather companies located in Boston. I went there the next day and I purchased my first hide of leather and a few tools. I made a leather vest which I still wear today. My LOVE of leather was born andJan Hibbard was born and raised in Wakefield, Mass. My love of animals and my interest in crafts developed as a child. My journey with leather began 42 years ago as I working on my teaching degree in Boston. Barnes & Noble opened in downtown Boston and I found a book on leatherwork. It mentioned 2 leather companies located in Boston. I went there the next day and I purchased my first hide of leather and a few tools. I made a leather vest which I still wear today. My LOVE of leather was born and it continues to grow.
Leather is such an amazing material, it is a true sensory experience. For most people the aroma of the leather will take you back to joyful memories of times gone by. Embrace more sensory experiences as you see and feel the detail of the hand tooled pictures. Most of them are inspired by New Hampshire’s beautiful scenery- the majestic mountains, rushing rivers, breathtaking waterfalls, fall foliage, sunsets, lakes and amazing wildlife. I hope they will inspire you to chase your own dreams!
My goal is to create enduring high quality leather accessories that will inspire you to pursue your adventures as you travel on your journey through life. I hope they will become lifelong keepsakes that will be used to record, remember and inspire your dreams and inspirations. I hope my journey will continue for many years to come. Please join me on my adventure it continues to grow.
I fell in love with loons which frequented Lake Winnipesaukee where I spent my summers. My family also loved loons and they became the subject of many of my earliest carvings. The loon became the mascot and is pictured on both of my catalogs. To the Passamaquody Indians the loon was a messenger between humans, animals and the great spirit. When people became greedy, they stopped listening and learning from the animals. This made the loon sad which is why to this day he has such a sad call, different from any other.
Through my carving I hope to inspire an appreciation for nature’s creatures great and small. Each is an essential component in the circle of life and what we do to the Earth has an impact on them. We all must work to take care of the Earth if we want it to thrive.
I discovered leather as a medium in 1977, when I was a college student in Boston, and I fell in love. My journey with leather began and as my skills improved, my product line increased.
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In this series I will tell the stories behind the products I create: Why I make what I make; how I come up with my ideas; and what inspires my creations.
Join me LIVE on Facebook for this weekly series! Time of LIVE Events vary each week, but will be posted in advance.
TOOL TRIVIA Do you like guessing games? Then this series may interest you. Each Tuesday a new tool will be revealed.
What is this tool called?How/what is it use? Participants will receive a special gift! (Answer revealed later).
Please join me every Wednesday on my Facebook page for this LIVE series. This series takes you into the workshop of Log Cabin Leather to see how products are created step by step. Each month will have a theme.
Times for the series will vary by week. Check out the Events Tab on my Facebook Page for details.
This weekly series will take you back in time to show some of my original projects.
Pictured here is my original catalog made back in 1978. This was my first three ring notebook.
It is a catalog of products created since then. The catalog is still in use today. It was one of my original laced products.
The Spotlight Saturday series from Log Cabin Leather will highlight current products that have been discussed in this blog.
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Did you play TOOL TRIVIA above? Here is the answer!
Leather Thickness Guage
I hope you play along each week. A special gift will be waiting for participants in their in box!
Leather is sold by the hide rather than a bolt like fabric. Hides are thinned to different thicknesses. Different weight leathers are used to create a variety of items.
Belts are made from the thickest leather I purchase-9/10 ounce. I use 4/5 ounce leather for my carvings. Jewelry is made from 2-4 ounce leather.
The THICKNESS GUAGE is used to determine the thickness of the hide. The piece of leather is slid into the slot as much as it will go. The markings will show the thickness of the hide.
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