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Shop Talk! February 2020

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2 min.

NICK PERNOKAS Nick Pernokas was raised in New England. As a boy he cleaned stalls for a hack stable in return for getting to ride the horses. He bought his first horse with money from a paper route, and showed in AQHA shows with him. At a young age Nick headed west to play cowboy. He ended up in Stephenville, Texas, where he received a B.S. from Tarleton State University. In 1983 he began building custom saddles under the Pernokas Saddlery label. Nick competed successfully in the AQHA, the NRHA, and the PRCA, in which he earned a Gold Card. Nick won 5 Year End High Point Championships (Honor Roll), and 2 Reserve World Championships, in the AQHA in roping events. In the mid Nineties he wrote “All the Pretty Saddles”,…

8 min.
the hide report

ICT General Secretary Pearson to retire Paul Pearson, who has acted as Secretary to the International Council of Tanners (ICT) since January 1998, has announced his retirement. Pearson will retire shortly after the 2020 ICT Council Meeting, set to take place in Hong Kong on March 30. The ICT Executive Board said it has agreed that the Secretariat service would remain with Leather UK and that the nominated General Secretary would be Dr. Kerry Senior. Senior and Pearson are to work together until April 11, when Senior will assume the role of General Secretary. “We thank you for all the hard work you have put in over the years to support our industry and to ensure that we have accurate facts to hand when we have needed them,” said Christine Powley-Williams, on behalf…

1 min.
calendar events

INDIA INTERNATIONAL LEATHER FAIR February 1-3, 2020 Chennai Trade Centre Chennai, India IFLS+EICI February 4-6, 2020 Corferias Bogatá, Colombia NE MATERIALS SHOW February 5-6, 2020 Boston, Massachusetts PREMIÈRE VISION PARIS February 11-13, 2020 Paris Norde Villepinte Paris, France NW MATERIALS SHOW February 12-13, 2020 Portland, Oregon THE MICAM February 16-19, 2020 Fiera Milano Rho, Italy LINEAPELLE February 19-21, 2020 Milan, Italy MIFUR February 20-23, 2020 Fiera Milano City Milan, Italy SOUTHWEST LEATHER WORKERS TRADE SHOW February 28-March 1, 2020 Prescott Resort & Conference Center 1500 AZ-69 Prescott, Arizona LEATHERWORLD MIDDLE EAST March 9-11, 2020 Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre Dubai ANNUAL WESTERN LEATHER SPRING AUCTION/SHOW March 20-21, 2020 Floyd County Fairgrounds 2818 Green Valley Rd New Albany, Indiana James Cox 513.889.0500 Starts at 9:30am DALLAS WESTERN MARKET March 24-27, 2020 Dallas Market Center Dallas, Texas PRINEVILLE LEATHER SHOW April 17-18, 2020 Crook County Fairgrounds 1280 Main St. Prineville, OR For Information: Melanie Marlow c/o Painted Hills Custom Leather P.O. Box 371 Prineville, Or 97754 paintedhillscustomleather@gmail.com 541-881-6419 LONELY PINE HARNESS SHOP RETIREMENT AUCTION May 23, 2020 4501 State Route 208 New Wilmington, PA 16142 Inquiries, please leave message for Chris A. Byler 724.946.0052 HARNESS MAKER’S AUCTION & GET…

2 min.
cowgirl couture

My name is Dian Allred and I am the owner/operator of Allred Leather Company. I established my business in 2016, a few months after I took my first tooling class. I fell hard and fast in love with leather and haven’t ever looked back. I found leather and leather found me; it was the right time and it was meant to be. I am a second-generation leather tooler, as my Dad dabbled in the craft. I asked him to send me his toolbox and I sat down every day to self-teach. He never taught me a thing about leather, but he taught me a lot about methodically building anything I’ve ever made and working hard, so I named my business after him. I began by combing through old leathercraft books; Ken Griffin…

10 min.
j and m custom boots: a legacy of resiliency

The young boy reached Chihuahua City at dawn. He’d brought a couple of tortillas wrapped around some meat in a paper sack for breakfast. As he nibbled on them, he wondered if his family had noticed him missing from their home in Juarez yet. The year was 1950, and the 15 year old had hitchhiked down from Juarez to sign up for the Bracero program. He thought that nothing could be better than to arrive in North America as a migrant worker. He would soon be making a man’s wages in the United States. As he walked towards the offices, the size of the mob intimidated him. Men were waiting for their names to be called so they could board the trucks to their new jobs. As he pushed his…

10 min.
epic leather work, on a greek island

“I HAVE REPEAT CUSTOMERS FROM THE STATES. MY BEST CUSTOMERS SEEM TO BE LEATHERWORKERS WHO SEE A HOLSTER THAT I MADE ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM.”—MICHAEL DALE, CO-FOUNDER, EPOS CUSTOM LEATHER If gray winter ever gets you down, think of the Greek island of Rhodes, set like a rough-cut gemstone in the sparkling Aegean. “It’s called the ‘Island of the Sun,’” said Natalie Orfanidi, a gifted leather artist born and raised in Rhodes, the fourth largest island in Greece, a place where remains of ancient city walls, temples and other monuments resonate with the brilliant spirit of Greek antiquity. “The island has over 300 days of sunlight. Everywhere is near the water. It is quite hilly. There are a lot of mountains,” she said. In 2015, Natalie and Michael Dale, an equally accomplished leatherworker,…