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Published on February 1st, 2020 | by The Local Staff


Intro to Leather Works at Landmark Park

Waking my kids up early on the weekend is NOT a favorite past time of mine. I need time to be awake and alone with my coffee, and they are both in that tween/teen beauty sleep phase…so it generally ends poorly for all parties involved. But on this particular Saturday, we had no trouble getting up, ready, and out the door to make it out to Landmark Park by 9am because we had PLANS. We are a crafty family, so when I heard about the introduction to leather working class that was being offered, I knew it was something that they would love and that I could count in our homeschool for the week. Win win.   

I am ashamed to say that we have never taken any classes at the park before, so we didn’t know what to expect. We walked down to the interpretive center and checked in, and when I say there were no seats left in the classroom, I mean it. There were even people waiting to see if people wouldn’t show up. How awesome is that?
Ray Smith and Shelby Owens taught the class that covered the earliest known leather crafting evidence, and how people used to tan leather (spoiler alert: it involves urine). They talked about the tools of the trade and we got to hold them and test them out firsthand. The class also got to see some of the leather goods they have made including knife sheaths, holsters and wallets (both men are prior police officers, and leatherworking was a way for them to create items that can be utilized and last a long time in their field). When we had collected some basic knowledge, we each got to stamp and burnish a leather cuff bracelet to take home.  We had a great time, shared some laughs and made a couple of new friends in the process. 

If you have not taken a class out at Landmark Park before, here are some upcoming workshops you may want to go and try! 

Food Preservation Workshop – February 1st at 10am (FREE with reservation required) You can learn about canning, drying, freezing and more! Open to 25 participants. 

Intro. to Ceramics Workshop – February 15th at 10am ($5 material fee plus gate fee) Learn ceramic basics and work on a heart-shaped project of your own!

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