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"Bringing History and Fantasy to life!"

Leather Lore, Inc.

Coopersville MI

(269) 548-7160

Red Raven



"Anything hand crafted is far more valuable than anything made by a machine. A hand crafted item contains not only the base ingredients but a part of someone's life, their psyche and their dreams."

Feb 2022 Update: NEW ORDERS! Turnaround shortened to 6-8 weeks; and I'm very busy! Get your orders in now!

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Everything here is made to order, but in-stock items are ready for immediate shipping at my Etsy store!


      Master Index

      Leather Lore


        "Loads of goods for

         Men and Women!"


      Renaissance and

      Medieval Goods

       - Armor (men & women),

         Belts, Pouches, Mugs,

         Games, Jerkins, Bottells,

         Cinchers; lots More!

      Pirate Stuff

       - Belts, Baldrics, Bags,

         Gun stuff, much More!

      Studded Items

      Miscellaneous Stuff

      Contact Information



        Scroll Down for Master Index!




        About Leather Lore


        Album, Photo

        Amazon Wear


        Armor, men's

        Armor, women's

        Art, custom

        Awards & Honors

        Bags & Pouches

        Bags, Messenger



        Barbarian Headbands

        Baycrafters Fayre


        Belts, Medieval

        Belts, Pirate

        Belt Pouches

        Belt, Santa Claus

        Belts, Studded

        Bertha Brock


        Blackbeard Harness

        Black Rock Fest

        Black Roger

        Black Roger's List

          of Pirate Movies!


        Books & Journals

        Boot Straps

        Bottle Slings


        Bottell Care



        Bracers of Gondor

        Brethren of the

          Great Lakes




        More index below...

How to Order

How to Order

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        Call Me

        Candle Slings


        Captain Jack's

        Captain Morgan

        Care of Bottells

        Care of Leather

        Care of Mugs

        Care of Pitch Items


        Chain Tops


        Chess Box


        Christmas Deadline

        Cigarette Cases

        Cigar Cases

        Cinchers, Waist

        Cinema Carousel

        Cleaning Leather


        Club Wear





        Credit Card Orders



        Custom Art


         More index below...

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        Dagger Frogge

       Deadlines, order

        Dead Man's Chest

        Decorative Leather

        Ded Engine

        Derbyshire Faire

        Document Case


        Dragon Map

        Dragon Sightings


        Drink items

        Drinking Horns

        E-Mail Us




        Face Hoods

        Facts about Pirates

        Fantasy Pouches

        Fender Bibs

        Ferry, Lake Express



        Flags, Pirate

        Flask, Leather

        Flintlock Holster

        Flintlock Skirt Hike

        Flintlock Skirt Keeper


        Folder, Document




        Frogges, Dagger

        Frogges, Sword


        More index below...


How to Order

How to Order

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        Game Box

        George, Sir

        Gift Certificates


        Gothic, sort of



        Hair Keeps

        Halloween Deadline

        Halter Tops

        Hand Gauntlets

        Hand Made

        Hard End Bags

        Harness, Shoulder

        Harness, Sword



        Helms, Medieval

        Hike, Skirt

        Hike, Skirt w/ Gun


        Holster, Flintlock

        Holster, Mini Skirt Hike

        Holster, Mini Skirt Keep


        Honors & Awards


        Horns, Drinking

        Horn Care

       How to Order

        Huntington Ren

        Index 2

        Insurance, shipping

        Interesting Facts

        Jacks & Mugs


        Journals & Books

        Just A Few MC


        More index below...




        Keeper, Skirt

        Keeper, Skirt w/ Gun

        Lake Express Ferry

        Leather Care

        Letter of Marque

        Life in the 1500's

        Lighter Cases


        List of Pirate Movies!

        Magical Amulets

        Mailing List

        Map, Dragon

        Marie Griffon

        Massacre & Feast


        Masks, Plague

        Mayfaire Ren Faire


        Medieval Belts

        Medieval Plague Masks

        Medieval Sword Sling

        Messenger Bag

        Mich Ren Fest

        Miscellaneous Items

        Morgan, Captain


        Mugs & Jacks

        Mug Care

        Mug Straps


        Nasty Bob

        National Treasure II

        New Jersey Ren

        Newsletter Archive

        Northwood Ren Fest


        Order of Red Raven


        More index below...


How to Order

How to Order

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        Padding, Bracer

        Padding, Cuff


        Pentacle Top


        Phone me!

        Photo Album


        Pilgrim, What Is

        Pipe Accessories

        Pirate Baldrics

        Pirate Belts

        Pirate Facts

        Pirate Festivals

        Pirate Movies, List of

      Pirate Stuff

        Pitch Care

        Plague Masks

        Pocket Gun Skirt Hike

        Pocket Gun Skirt Keep

        Port Washington


        Promo Pack

        Prop Work



        Ravenwood Castle

        Red Raven, order of

        Refund Policy

        Return Policy


        Roger, Black


        Rum Rack

        Rush Orders

        Santa Claus Belt



        Scaled Armor Skirt

        Scaled Bracers

        Schedule of Events


        She-Ra project



        Shoulder Bags

        Shoulder Pauldrons

        Show Schedule


        More index below...




        SilverLeaf Faire

        Sir George

        Sizing & Sizes

        Skirt, Amazon

        Skirt Hike

        Skirt Hike w/ Gun

        Skirt Keeper

        Skirt Keeper w/ Gun

        Skirt, Overskirt

        Skirt, Scaled Armor

        Skirt, Strap Armor

        Skullter top

        Smoker Accessories

        Soft Tops

        Spider chain top

        St. Valentine's Day

        Stage shows

        Strap Armor Skirt

        Stronghold Faire

        Studded Armbands

        Studded Belts

        Studded Bracelets


        Sword Frogges

        Sword Harness


        Symbols, Medieval

        Telephone me


        Val Day



        Vessel Care

        Waist Cinchers


        Water Bottle Sling

        Warrior Harness

        Weapon Accessories

        "What is Pilgrim?"


        Wine Rack


        Women's Clothing


        Write Me

        Zippo Cases

        Zodiac, signs of the

How to Order

How to Order

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About Heavy Leather Lore

This is a general history. For more details, see my online promotional package, or read about "Sir George". To learn more about our staff and friends, and see photos of everyone, go to our Photo Album!

My humble workbench, where the magic all happens!

Hi! I'm Chip, the owner and primary crafter here at Heavy Leather Lore! I'm glad that you stopped by to read about my staff and I, for I feel that we are more than a business, we are here to have a lot of fun, and take you with us! If you've ever visited our booth, I'm sure hoping that you went away feeling that your visit was fun! We put a lot of effort into not just crafting, but entertaining as well! So if there's anything you want to ask me or my staff, just ask! I do also personally portray two major characters: The honorable Sir George, and that rascally pirate Black Roger. Click on either to read more about them! And if you're looking for more information about how I started this business and why, click here!

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Who is "Sir George"?

Who is "Black Roger"?

The 1980's

How did I begin in leather crafting? Click here for the story...

Originally started in 1982 as "Heavy Leather" to outfit the Heavy Metal Band Ded Engine with black leather and studs, Leather Lore has grown to be one of the few specialty leather accessory shops still in existence!  All of our products are HAND-CRAFTED, none of that machine stamped generic stuff!  High Quality and proven innovative design have made pieces of Leather Lore sought after around the world!

Recently found in the archives, the original Heavy Leather Catalog from 1982! Click photo for details!


The 1990's to Today

In the early 1990's, I discovered Renaissance Faires and Medieval Recreationism. I fell in love! Being a student medieval history and after venturing to many faires, I soon discovered that my skills were at least comparable to other craftsman, and my ambition for accuracy and fantasy greater than most. What got my attention is that very few were interested in the art, and too many were just into pushing mass produced machine imprinted junk - no one was making many items that I considered necessary to a true recreationist, be them factual or fantasy, and so Leather Lore was born!
I take the trouble to research and make true items from history, some near museum quality! And I delve greatly into fantasy as well, taking on the projects that others shy away from!

My tent is even hand made, and is decorated like a medieval shop! My helpers and I do our best to recreate the "life" of our ancestors, right down to the talk, mannerisms, clothes, foods, and decorations. We do demonstrations, and even put on little "shows" of our own! We even camp out in it, cook our own meals, the whole shot! (No, we don't hunt on the grounds, our usual hunting grounds are the local A&P store!)

My humble workbench

We make all kinds of leather accessories with something that will suit your needs. Our specialties include (but are not limited to) Gothic, Medieval, Biker, Pirate, and Renaissance styles of leather goods. From pouches to saddle bags, belts to scabbards, spikes to conchos, cigarette to watch cases, knife sheaths to beer can holsters, minor club wear to crafty decorations, we do it all! We can also do some repair work, and really have fun creating new items just for you!

The Apprentice workbench

Even though our stuff is all hand made with the best materials and care that personal craftsmen can provide, we keep our prices reasonable in order to compete with all the machine stamped stuff you can find elsewhere! Take a look around, and tell us what you think! We check our email daily, so please ask questions! Want to see us in person? Check out our show schedules!


Click the trophy to see our awards and honors! All of our products are HAND-CRAFTED, none of that machine stamped generic stuff! High Quality and proven design have made pieces of Heavy Leather literally sought after around the world!



    In the 1970ís my dad took up western leather craft as a hobby. In 1980 I became affiliated with a heavy metal band that could not find the black leather and stud work that they needed. I gained access and skill from my dad, and began designing and supplying the band with their needs. I soon found myself selling bracelets and such at clubs and later in magazine ads through the Ď80ís and early 90ís. In 1994 I discovered the Michigan Renaissance Festival, and have been hooked since. Too often I would see people laying out big bucks for leather items that I thought could be done with a little better quality and attention to detail. I began toying with the idea of digging out the leather stuff and getting back into it. It soon became obvious to me that you could find leather armor for men all over the place, but very little for the ladies. With the advent of the Xena television series and such, I decided that would be a market for ladies leather armor, and that I could make something cool AND practical. I started researching womenís fashion and form and went through two failed prototypes before I came upon the fully adjustable design that allows stiff hard leather to comfortably fit nearly every woman that has tried it on! After seeing the response of other crafters, and upon the advice of my friends, I filed for a patent on certain functional elements of the design. But that wasnít enough to satisfy my artistic drive.

Thatís when I saw the chess box. All I saw was this small black and white photo and a paragraph barely describing it. Efforts to locate the real thing had been fruitless. None the less, working from the sources at hand, I set out and accomplished the chess box featured in my photos. I was very proud of myself, and realized that with the great accomplishments of the chess box and the ladies fantasy armor top that I could do just about anything I want to in this craft.

    Even though it was still a hobby to me, experiments with eBay proved that I had something people wanted, and so I set out to get into some festivals. MRF didnít want to look at me. Not realizing that there were smaller festivals around I about gave up. Right then someone told me of the Silverleaf festival in Kalamazoo, and so I tried for it - and got accepted in 2001! The tides of life forced me to cancel it due to not being able to have any product ready. They told me to come back next year; I was already confirmed.
    In January 2002, I was suddenly in a position where I could concentrate full time on the craft, and that is when I went into a full time business, and I had a heck of a first year!
    Wow, this was supposed to be short, sorry. As for work philosophy, youíve probably gathered most of it already. But let say that I donít want to create the same stuff that everyone else does. I want my own things. Nobody makes the Chess Box. Nobody makes the ladies armor fit like I have. Somebody must, but Iíve not seen it yet. Sure, I make common things too, like ring belts, weaponís frogs, and drawstring pouches, but I donít concentrate on those. In fact, I often recommend other crafters at the festival for many items. I like to find and fill the niches, make the things no one else does, tackle the projects other stay away from, not make the same stuff other people make. My booth even is like a little medieval leather shop, and I believe in the performance and the setting as well as the product. As a ten year manager of a retail photo lab I understand the importance of the customer satisfaction as a whole, and in the festival setting that means the experience as a whole, as well as the product.





A small Tale of my pirate personae " Black Roger" and his wife's " Moiselle" appears in the Rogue Blades first novel!

A long time friend of Dave the Knave, Black Roger and Moiselle assist Dave with an encounter against the treacherous Captain Stackpoole.

How does it all turn out?

Click here!


I listen to the music of



Miscellaneous and Legal


PROTESTERS take notice: Boycotting leather goods will not affect the production of raw leather!

No animals were hurt or killed for the creation of these products; most leather is a by-product of the ginormous meat industry!

If my colleagues and I didn't make stuff out of it, that leather would just get thrown away and wasted.


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