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Leather Lore, Inc.

P.O. Box 232

Coopersville MI 49404

(269) 548-7160

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"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."

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      Leather Lore

    Contents

        "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

      Ordering

 

        Scroll Down for Master Index!

 

          

    Index

        About Leather Lore

        Aida

        Album, Photo

        Amazon Wear

        Armbands

        Armor, men's

        Armor, women's

        Art, custom

        Awards & Honors

        Bags & Pouches

        Bags, Messenger

        Baldrics

        Bandoliers

        Barbarian Headbands

        Baycrafters Fayre

        Belts

        Belts, Medieval

        Belts, Pirate

        Belt Pouches

        Belt, Santa Claus

        Belts, Studded

        Bertha Brock

        Bikini

        Blackbeard Harness

        Black Rock Fest

        Black Roger

        Bodices

        Books & Journals

        Boot Straps

        Bottle Slings

        Bottells

        Bottell Care

        Bracelets

        Bracers

        Bracers of Gondor

        Brethren of the

          Great Lakes

        Bustier

        Buttons

 

        More index below...

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         Index

        ...Continued

        Calendar

        Call Me

        Candle Slings

        Canteen

        Captain Jack's

        Captain Morgan

        Care of Bottells

        Care of Leather

        Care of Mugs

        Care of Pitch Items

        Castlevania

        Chain Tops

        Checkers

        Chess Box

        Chokers

        Christmas Deadline

        Cigarette Cases

        Cigar Cases

        Cinchers, Waist

        Cinema Carousel

        Cleaning Leather

        Cloaks

        Club Wear

        Collars

        Colors

        Contact

        Corsets

        Credit Card Orders

        Crowns

        Cuffs

        Custom Art

    

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         Index

        ...Continued

        Dagger Frogge

       Deadlines, order

        Dead Man's Chest

        Decorative Leather

        Ded Engine

        Derbyshire Faire

        Document Case

        Doublets

        Dragon Map

        Dragon Sightings

        Draughts

        Drink items

        Drinking Horns

        E-Mail Us

        Employment

        Engravings

        Entertainers

        Face Hoods

        Facts about Pirates

        Fantasy Pouches

        Fender Bibs

        Ferry, Lake Express

        Films

        Fittings

        Flags, Pirate

        Flask, Leather

        Flintlock Holster 

        Flowers

        Folder, Document

        Fonts

        FrankenFeast

        Friends

        Frogges, Dagger

        Frogges, Sword

     

        More index below...

       

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         Index

        ...Continued

        Games

        Game Box

        George, Sir

        Gift Certificates

        Gogo's

        Gothic, sort of

        Greaves

        GVRen

        Hair Keeps

        Halloween Deadline

        Halter Tops

        Hand Gauntlets

        Hand Made

        Hard End Bags

        Harness, Shoulder

        Harness, Sword

        Hangings

        Headbands

        Helms, Medieval

        History

        Holster, Flintlock

        Home

        Honors & Awards

        Hoods

        Horns, Drinking

        Horn Care

       How to Order

        Huntington Ren

        Index 2

        Insurance, shipping

        Interesting Facts

        Jacks & Mugs

        Jerkins

        Journals & Books

        Just A Few MC

     

        More index below...

          

        Index

        ...Continued

        Lake Express Ferry

        Leather Care

        Letter of Marque

        Life in the 1500's

        Lighter Cases

        Links

        Magical Amulets

        Mailing List

        Map, Dragon

        Marie Griffon

        Massacre & Feast

        Masks

        Mayfaire Ren Faire

        Medieval

        Medieval Belts

        Medieval Sword Sling

        Messenger Bag

        Mich Ren Fest

        Miscellaneous Items

        Morgan, Captain

        Movies

        Mugs & Jacks

        Mug Care

        Mug Straps

        Musicals

        Nasty Bob

        National Treasure II

        New Jersey Ren

        Newsletter Archive

        Northwood Ren Fest

        Ordering

        Order of Red Raven

      

        More index below...

          

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        Index

        ...Continued

        Padding, Bracer

        Padding, Cuff

        Pauldrons

        Pentacle Top

        Pewter

        Phone me!

        Photo Album

        Pictures

        Pilgrim, What Is

        Pipe Accessories

        Pirate Baldrics

        Pirate Belts

        Pirate Facts

        Pirate Festivals

      Pirate Stuff

        Pitch Care

        Port Washington

        Pouches

        Promo Pack

        Prop Work

        Punk

        Purses

        Ravenwood Castle

        Red Raven, order of

        Refund Policy

        Return Policy

        Rings

        Roger, Black

        Roses

        Rum Rack

        Rush Orders

        Santa Claus Belt

        Satchels

        Scabbards

        Scaled Armor Skirt

        Scaled Bracers

        Schedule of Events

        Screen

        She-Ra project

        Shiabruck

        Shipping

        Shoulder Bags

        Shoulder Pauldrons

        Show Schedule

     

        More index below...

          

        Index

        ...Continued

        SilverLeaf Faire

        Sir George

        Sizing & Sizes

        Skirt, Amazon

        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

        Suspenders

        Sword Frogges

        Sword Harness

        Symbols

        Symbols, Medieval

        Telephone me

        Tunics

        Val Day

        Vambraces

        Vendors

        Vessel Care

        Waist Cinchers

        Wallets

        Water Bottle Sling

        Warrior Harness

        Weapon Accessories

        "What is Pilgrim?"

        Wholesale

        Wine Rack

        WMRF

        Women's Clothing

        Wristbands

        Write Me

        Zippo Cases

        Zodiac, signs of the

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What does "Hand Crafted" mean?

First of all, lets be clear on the difference between "Hand Made" and "Hand Crafted".

Examples of Hand Made - machine stamped parts that are riveted together with a hammer, or a belt that was run through a roller stamp press that is operated by a hand crank. Though these may be "technically" hand made to some degree, don't let it fool you into thinking that it's better because of it. These items still fall into the "mass produced so I can get your buck" category.

Examples of Hand Crafted - Items that are fully made truly by hand. Cut out with hand shears, edged, finished, stained, painted, stitched, tooled, embossed, stamped; all by hand, like our medieval counterparts had done. None of my stuff is massed produced.

"But doesn't hand crafting make stuff more expensive?" Generally yes. But you need to understand that many of these other leather vendors actually raise their prices far too much. To them, it's a carnival or flea market, and they will keep their prices as high as people will spend. I by contrast, put a value on my time, note the cost of the materials, and use a spreadsheet to figure out what I should be asking my pieces. Generally I hear "Wow, that's a great price! I would have expected it to be more!". My prices fall in line with others, and are often even better. Why? Because I don't raise mine 400-600% as is common in my industry. Believe it or not, that's what happens.

All of my products are HAND-CRAFTED! I fell in love with Renaissance Faires and Medieval Recreationism! Being a student medieval history and after venturing to several faires, I soon discovered that my skills were at least comparable to other craftsman, and my ambition greater than most. What got my attention is that very few of them were interested in the art, being only interested in only making a quick buck. No one was making many items that I considered to be truly fascinating to someone wanting to see history, or 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. But it's not just the product that interests me, it's also the process.  One crafter was boasting that in order to keep up with demand, he now has a warehouse full of machines that automatically stamp out and cut his pieces for him saving much time, then he assembles them. He says that they are still hand made products because he operates the buttons and levers by hand. I disagree.

Some people will say that their stuff is hand made. So they take machine stamped parts and rivet it together by hand. 

Many crafters sell items like boots and journals. The boots are very well made, with modern soles, and by modern machines. Don't get me wrong, they are good quality, but they're not hand made. And the journals have wonderful images of dragons, castles, wizards, Celtic knot work, and so forth. But they're all stamped on by a single large stamp! Where's the craft in that? For some people that's fine.

Another crafter makes fine belts, with cool looking art along the entire length. He uses a roller machine to imprint the art. It takes him seconds. Sure, the machine is hand operated, but that doesn't make the item hand made in my opinion. I hand stamp every little bit, can take me an hour or more for one belt!

One crafter, believe it or not, even made his product from pre-packaged kits. *Shudder*

I was even told by one crafter to not take custom orders, just do the basic items, otherwise I'll get swamped with too much work. Well, so what. I do take custom work, there are some really interesting needs out there. Sure, I have to limit myself, but I do it. And to a small degree, we'll even do custom work right in the field!

And while many of my fellow crafters do make their products by hand, they do it as cheaply as possible, by which I mean that they just throw them together. They don't even bother to finish the edges, stain the back sides, and so on. One crafter had roman shoes. Sloppily cut from pre finished skin, there were even scissor marks. Obviously done in a hurry, and asking way too much money. Another crafter hires "floaters" every year and just teaches them to cut and rivet mass produced product.

  • I bother to research authentic designs and techniques.
  • I bother to make my own designs, I don't use kits.
  • I bother to listen to you, and see if I can make what you are looking for.
  • I bother to hand tool every little pattern. It can be a pain! And sure I use some modern hand tools, but not hand machines and other techniques that allow me to cheat.
  • I bother to hand stitch and sew items. I admit, modern halter tops and the like that I make I do use a sewing machine. But that is a modern product. Medieval bottells, books, and boots were hand sewn, and so are mine.
  • I bother to finish the edges, and stain the back sides.
  • I bother to teach my apprentices not only my technique, but my philosophy as well. They'll tell you that I can be very demanding at times!

As a true craftsman from the period would have done, I put in the extra touches, the details, and the things that makes each piece special. I am proud of my work, and of my craft, and I am proud of every single piece that I make, and I think that it shows.

Even my booth is hand made, and is decorated like a medieval shop! I built the frame and stitched my own canopy! My helpers and I do our best to recreate the "life" of our medieval 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 the booth, 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, and sometimes a local pizza parlor! Hey we love the life, but come on!)

Even though my stuff is all hand made with the best materials and care that personal craftsmen can provide, I keep my prices reasonable in order to compete with all the machine stamped stuff you will find elsewhere! In fact, being on the inside, I can tell you for certain than many leather vendors mark up their product way too much! Some as much as 500%! Shop around, search the internet, search the faires, take a look around, and tell me what you think! I check my email daily, so please ask questions! Want to see me in person? Check out my show schedules!

 

 

 

 

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PROTESTERS take notice: No animals were hurt or killed for the creation of these products; leather is a by-product of the meat industry! If we didn't make stuff out of it, it'd just get thrown away and wasted!

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