I’ve often appreciated leather – the smell, the tooling, the flexibility.

So, today I was in a basement workshop of a leather craftsman.  His tools are fairly simple – even down to an antique seat where you can stitch leather.

As I listened to explanations and saw the artistic work, I was impressed.  This is not an easy skill – I’m sure my expertise would not suffice.  Beautiful tooling, supple leather and intricate sewing.  All combine to make for the excellent examples I saw today.

Perhaps I need a new hobby.  But, after seeing the patience required and the excellence that results – I’m not volunteering.  Maybe I can take up chewing gum and walking at the same time!