Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Instructor: Tom Slavicek
Class Fee: $50.00 non-members + $40.00 Supply Fee
$45.00 BRMAA members +$40.00 Supply Fee
Students will have time to make a leather shoulder bag of his or her choice, or choose any project from the following: leather belt, passport wallet, journal, phone pouch with braided strap, drawstring pouch, clutch purse, tote bag, and more. Depending on the project you choose, you may even have time to make another one. You will learn several techniques from cutting leather, to stitching styles, marbling leather, using rivets, hole punches and other tools. If desired, you can also learn how to use a wood burning tool to inscribe a design directly on to the leather and then colorize it. All leathers, materials, tools, and instructions are provided, along with templates. No artistic ability is necessary, nor is any previous leather working experience. You do not need to bring anything except a lunch, enthusiasm, and your desire to make something beautiful! You will be asked to indicate which project you want to work on two weeks before the class so be sure to check your email. Limited seating, so sign up early.
Call (706) 632-2144 for questions regarding this course and registration. Payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Tom Slavicek has been leather crafting since he was a Boy Scout, when he earned his Leatherwork Merit Badge on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. During his career days as an executive director for the Boy Scouts of America, his hobby managed to stay alive and thrive in the form of creating numerous Native American leather/beadwork outfits and articles of clothing, along with his favorite item, hand-crafted leather pouches and shoulder bags.
After a 37-year career serving young people, Tom retired in 2011 and he and his wife, Karen, moved to Dahlonega, GA. His enjoyment of working with leather is coming to fruition through his crafting of various styles of pouches and bags, with the added feature of inscribed images on the front of the pouches. Tom uses a wood-burning tool to inscribe the images free hand directly onto the leather. The color on some bags is created by either adding dried wax to the leather and then melting it, or by using leather inks. Each pouch is a unique work of art, and no two are alike.
Currently Tom teaches leather classes at about a dozen venues across north Georgia, including the John C. Campbell Folk School (North Carolina), Camp Mikell Folk School (Toccoa, GA), and the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts (Young Harris, GA).