For reasons that may–or may not–become clear in subsequent posts, until now I haven’t entered into the social media world. I’m still not on Facebook, but this is my first blog.
Call me old fashioned, but I still think that real 3D interactions are much more important and substantial than virtual interactions. Ironically, it is my love of the craft of saddle making that is launching me into communications for the 21st century.
I love making things slowly and by hand. I love art. I love to see, touch, hold, and use things that are made by real people with real love. Our world today has become very sterile, oriented to profit, and mass-produced. Don’t you miss the smell and taste of homemade bread coming out the oven? (Have you ever tried it?? If not you are missing one of life’s greatest pleasures…) Don’t you get tired of things that break, are packaged in obscene amounts of hydrocarbons, and that you never use or love? When was the last time you had a pair of shoes that can be resoled and do you even know where to find a cobbler?
I make things out of leather by hand. It is inefficient, low-profit, and expensive. Almost everything I make costs more in just materials than a similar thing costs to buy at Walmart. When you count my time and significant investment in tools that are almost impossible to find, I probably make the GDP of the United States run backwards with every new item that I make.
However, there is so much more to life than profit, efficiency, and instant gratification. Making things by hand is a combination of meditation, puzzle making, and history. I learned my craft from some amazing teachers, who I will describe here someday. They all learned from other masters, and we are now at a critical and strange point in our history when we run the risk of losing significant amounts of information about real crafts. When I started to accumulate a several things that I made, I realized that I needed a way to share them and their stories with anyone who cares.
For each post, I will try to provide a picture of a recent piece of work. For the next several weeks I will be populating my portfolio page with some of these pics. The piece of the day is a laptop computer bag that I recently made. Everything was done by hand, and the piece took a significant chunk of my Holiday break to finish. I hope you like it!