For me, Restrepo Leather is not just a business, but also an outlet for my passion (read: obsession) for leatherworking. One reason why I love this craft is all of the different types of leatherworking that exist. As an ancient profession with roots all over the world, different cultures have independently developed unique styles and different solutions to problems that all leatherworkers face: how to cut leather? How to stitch? How to treat the edges?
Unfortunately, leatherworking appears to be one of the few things left in the world that has yet to be exhaustively explored and documented on the internet (the top 2 Google search results for leatherworking are World of Warcraft-related, and much of the rest is for LARPers). I've done my fair share of research, and there isn't much out there on how to make high quality leather bags by hand.
I was overjoyed to find out that I'm not the only person who had this thought. Sean at Fine Leatherworking noticed the same thing and decided to create a space for an online fine leatherworking community, a place where high quality tools, materials, and knowledge can be found in one place.
Sean was interested to learn about my route to the craft and the broader state of leatherworking in Colombia, and posted the transcript of our conversation to his blog.
We are hopeful that some exciting new developments will come from this partnership. First up: experimenting with new thread.