boxes, binders, switchplates, car visor and matches holder
wine racks, magazine/towel
belts, buckles, sandals, hat, jacket
work on this website is original and copyrighted © 2003. Any downloading
or copying without permission from Barry Miller is illegal.
leatherwork shown on these six pages was done within the first three years
of my leather craftsman career. I started with firm bridal leather. Most things
were tooled or carved and sometimes wet formed. I made my own dyes from dry
pigments added to denatured alcohol to get the colors I wanted. Hand mirrors
had 3/8" plywood in the center. Clocks, wall mirrors, and magazine/ towel
racks were backed with 3/8" plywood that was stained with a dark wood
stain, then waxed. I used paint brushes, cotton diapers, daubers and Q-tips
to apply the color to the leather. Sometimes 2 or three coats. Edges were
stained with a black edge coat and dye mixture. The pieces were then waxed
with a fine, waterproof sealant, applied by hand. It was a lot of work and
my prices were low.The hand mirrors retailed for $25. It was truly a labor
of love. Every piece was hand-cut and nurtured to completion by myself. I
remember once a fellow leather craftsman picked up a hand mirror, took a good
look at it and said to me "This is a lot of work for the money!"
My reply was "Yes, I know. I must be crazy, but isn't it beautiful?"
I was proud of my new art work and wanted to share it with as many satisfied
customers as possible. A good number of the original slides or pictures were
taken on the beach or on a burlap background. I used Photoshop to change the
backgrounds for most pictures although some were left in their original form.
I quite often took orders for custom work to satisfy a customers needs and
stretch my creative endeavors. All sandals were custom made.