here doggie

Thanks for the pics Griffin (& Rosco). I hope you enjoy the new collar and leash. Your custom harness is coming soon, Rosco! ๐Ÿ˜


Little Leather Notebooks!
Approx 6x4x1/2″, spiral notebooks included, and remember: US shipping is freeeeee! ๐Ÿ‘

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You’re invited to join the list! At the beginning of each month, I will be sending out an e-newsletter chock full of FABULOUS offers and updates…just for you, just for letting me send you mail. No outdoor markets & festivals right now, so I’m offering my goods online more than ever before! The 1st newsletter is in May…and what’s in May? Mothers Day! (Note: some Mothers LOVE LEATHER!)

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โ˜ฎ๏ธ Thanks Joe! It was fun using that special brand on the leather and making it into a journal (and your recipient sure sounded surprised & happy!). โ˜ฎ๏ธ

next batch!

I was asked to make my aprons longer & fuller and so that men could wear them too. Well here they are & they are certainly one-of-a-kind! Made from recycled denim jeans and mixed fabrics. Check them out (and other aprons too) on the “HANDCRAFTED: THIS & THAT” page at
Thanks!ย  (remember, US shipping is free! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  )

sign making

New sign! Destination (when things are ‘normal’ again) is The Painted Mermaid.

Since the backside of this sign will be visible too, I HAD to include St John on it- thats where Awl Made Here was born after all (St. John, U know I๐Ÿ’•U).


his old fave

Ordered to use as a leather “work belt” . . . still strong after heavy use, blood, sweat, & tears. THANKS A.S.! ๐Ÿ™‚

T belt

did you know?

Barn & Beach Designs (in Southport, NC) is OPEN for curbside pickup! Here’s a sampling of my leather-work available right now at the shop . . . just give them a call and pay by phone (910)363-4995. THANKS!

history repeats

This poem was sent to me by my aunt. It was written in 1869 and reprinted during the 1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic.

And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.

-by Kathleen Oโ€™Mara, 1869



Thanks to Eric Zucker for ordering this custom backpack OVER 20 YEARS AGO! ๐Ÿ˜
He sent it to me recently because one of the buckles had finally given out and some of the stitches had worn. No problemo! I fixed it up and sent it back. Cheers to Eric & cheers to Leather!


Infinity Peace!

Behind the scenes:
LOOK AT THIS YOU GUYS!! In all my years of working with leather, I have never received two hides back to back with such COOL brands on them. Mostly they are more random-looking, or numbers, but these…THESE! An INFINITY sign and a PEACEsign???!!!?!?!
I choose to take it as a ‘sign’ for sure.
The Infinity is now a Tote Bag (available for pick up at The Painted Mermaid)โ€ฆ And, my friends: PEACE is up for grabs (pun intended). Let me know if you want something made out of this leather, folks!