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"Bringing History and Fantasy to life!"

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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."

Summer / Fall 2017: I am running at least 12 weeks on new orders, please be patient as I work hard to catch up. More details on my ordering page!

 

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I am currently adding a shopping cart! This will take some time as I have to generate a unique button (with many options in some cases) for each and every item here, so many items don't have buttons yet so bear with me! For all ordering details, visit my standard ordering page here.

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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

    

         More index below...

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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...

       

How to Order

How to Order

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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...

          

How to Order

How to Order

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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

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!

 

PERSONAL HISTORY AS A CRAFTSMAN, MY MOTIVATION AND APPROACH

    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.

 

 

 

 

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Miscellaneous and Legal

Lest we Forget...

Lest we forget...

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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!

This website is presented in the English Language, in order to best communicate with the most people in the most places.

Prices are subject to change without notice. All images, photos, web designs, layouts, leather designs, and all other images and property contained therein  are Copyright © 1982-2017 by Leather Lore, Inc., unless otherwise noted. All Rights are Reserved. Duplication in any manner of the website in whole or in part, and/or any of the objects and/or images depicted or displayed within is a violation of federal law. Contact: Leather Lore, Inc.  PO Box 232 Coopersville MI 49404 (269) 548-7160 or EMail me! Ask to be put on our email newsletter list!