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Leather was one of the most common protective materials known to man before the invention of plastics. Its beauty, smell, sound, and feel still make it a delightfully sophisticated material choice. In this class, students will make a slightly-enlarged copy (to accommodate standard modern letter-size paper) of a unique leather document case in the collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society. Made in the 1740s by a shoemaker named Samuel Lane, it carried many of his important papers as he traveled regularly from his hometown of Stratham to the coastal city of Portsmouth.

Instructor: Brett Walker

Students will learn basic leather working, hand-sewing, and simple decorative skills, which can be utilized in various other ways, including more advanced classes with Mr. Walker.

Class fee: $175
Materials fee: $55
Lunch provided.
Part of the 2020 Winter Quarters Workshop Series at Fort Ligonier!

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