How long have you been working with leather?
I have been working with leather for about 10 years, full-time for 4. It started as a hobby.
I was working in an unrelated industry at the time. When I decided to transition to a different line of work, I had some extra cash on hand and my wife knew that I had been eyeing a sewing machine for leather working. She encouraged me to invest in a nice one, which sped things up a lot, as well as ramping up the learning curve to a vertical pitch.
What do you enjoy about working with leather?
Leather is different than fabric. It is less forgiving. I have to be more exact with how I work with it and what I do. I like that challenge. Internally, I am competing with myself, trying to get better with each piece produced.
I particularly enjoy working with oil tanned cow leather, because it is soft and supple, but still flexible. It is almost weatherproof. It also has character, with the color changing slightly as it ages. Overall, it is the most durable of the leathers I work with.