Leather Tooling Workshop

Canoe Leather Tooling Workshop, 9/30/12 This weekend marked my first trip out to Marfa, TX for our Girls Guild Leather Tooling workshop as part of the Trans-Pecos Music Festival. We had an amazing group of folks sign up for the class and spent the early afternoon hammering away on leather scraps. Each participant walked away with their own shield key chain, tooled and dye by them.

Canoe Leather Tooling Workshop, 9/30/12

Folks caught on really quickly and we managed to finish our key chains in record time, aided by some strong West Texas sunshine to dry our leather quickly for dying and finishing.

Canoe Leather Tooling Workshop, 9/30/12

I'd like to give a special thank you to Cheyenne and Diana of Girls Guild, Callie Thompson, and Ginger from El Cosmico for putting this all together! Big shout out to my workshop assistant, McCall, for helping me manage the insane amount of gear I brought for the event.

Marfa next weekend!

one last shot.photo by Caitlin Marr

We are in official count down mode until the big trip out to Marfa, TX next weekend for the Trans-Pecos Music Festival! I am really looking forward to an epic road trip with friends through beautiful West Texas.  If you haven't bought your ticket to our Canoe Leather Tooling workshop, snag it today. If you're local to Austin, tune in to KUT on Monday to hear Girls Guild chat with the John Aielli during Eklektikos (9am-noon) about the event and announce some surprises.

Leather Workshop on 9/30

Just a reminder that our Canoe Leather Workshop on Sunday, 9/30, still has some spots left, so get your tickets before the class fills up. We'll be visiting Marfa, TX for the first time to enjoy some music, food, and good friends the entire weekend! Snag tickets to the music festival here and arrange to stay in a trailer, teepee, or camp here.

Canoe sunflower key chain

Each participant in our workshop will walk away with their own personalized and tooled leather key chain, plus the skills to start leathercrafting on their own.

Canoe goes to Marfa!

Canoe goes to Marfa Join us in Marfa, TX for the Trans-Pecos Gathering of Music + Love, happening September 27-30th, 2012.

In conjunction with Girls Guild, we'll be teaching an Intro to Leatherworking session on Sunday, September 30th, where students will use their new skills to craft and tool a personalized leather keychain. You will learn the basics of leatherwork: selecting the right leather weight for different design projects, using tools to stamp leather, how to case leather, and basic construction with rivets. To learn more about the festival and plan your trip, please visit El Cosmico. This will be our first trip to Marfa and I can't wait!