This is me offering you a pinecone.

This is me offering you a pinecone.

This is a blog dedicated
to helping the beginner
become a skilled craftsman
in the art of leather working
one tip at a time.

Leather working keeps me healthy. It’s not just a hobby for me anymore, it’s become a passion and being a craftsman a part of my identity. Which is why I started this blog. It’s not so much that you get better at leather working. And don’t get me wrong, I’m all about that. This blog is full of tricks and tips on leather working to make you better. But I hope it’s more than that. I hope that you find out who you are as a craftsman in the details of leather working and foster a passion for the work of your hands. 

 

This is also me with no pinecone.

This is also me with no pinecone.

I want other people to find a passion for leather working with the least amount of barriers. 

As I’ve gotten better, I've realized just how hard it’s been to find the information and guidance you need to get better. I want to be that guide for you and make all the help you need easy to find in one place: the GBL Blog.

I’m glad you’re here. Let’s leather work.

Now that the formal stuff is out of the way, let's get to know one another.

My name’s Justin Hagan, I’m 26, and I live in the small state of Rhode Island. And yes, I love a good fish taco. I’ve yet to perfect a recipe, so help me out by sending me a recipe through the button below.
 

 
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My wife's name is Jamie. She’s an insanely good graphic designer, photographer, and all around source of jealously in my life. We have our ups and downs like every couple, but I know she’s got my back even on the bad days. What’s better, I can always count on her to give me an honest opinion.

Hiking is fun. I grew up in Illinois (no, not Chicago) where there is flatness, which is great for growing corn and soybeans. So when I moved to New England and I hiked my first mountain I was in love. Most recently we went to Zion and Yosemite. Unfortunately, I’m not phenomenal at planning ahead, so we didn’t get to climb Half Dome, but still had a crazy good time.

Pastor by Day: I’m part of a team that started a church in Rhode Island. I work with students and love what I do. It’s definitely not a easy job as is often filled with uncertainty, which is where my love for leather working comes in.

Long story short I've been teaching myself leatherworking for a few years now and it's been a great source of encouragement in those times of uncertainty.

Let's not forget we've only done half the introduction at this point. Now it's your turn. Please send me an email and introduce yourself. I'd love to get to know a little bit of your story as well.

Illinois is flat.

Illinois is flat.

Places I like to hike are not.

Places I like to hike are not.