Jerry Vanamburg's Profile

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I started making leather goods in 1976 in Medford, Oregon. My cousin, Stacey Beavers, owned a store named Leather Country, where he introduced me to the craft. I worked with Stacey and was only paid what he could afford. I learned alot about leather and gained a love for working with it that I have still not lost.

In the early 80's, I was introduced to a man named Benjamin Heiple. For three years I lived on a cliff in Baja California, Mexico. In the mornings I would go snorkeling or diving, usually for food. In the afternoons and often into to the next morning and day, I would spend my time working on leather projects. During this time period, I opened a store in San Diego, California named Liberty Leathers.

I have always been quit critical of my own work and am always learning better and new ways of getting the leather to look and do what I want it to. I…

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  • Joined April 11, 2009

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Exotic skins, Leather and silver

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I started making leather goods in 1976 in Medford, Oregon. My cousin, Stacey Beavers, owned a store named Leather Country, where he introduced me to the craft. I worked with Stacey and was only paid what he could afford. I learned alot about leather and gained a love for working with it that I have still not lost.

In the early 80's, I was introduced to a man named Benjamin Heiple. For three years I lived on a cliff in Baja California, Mexico. In the mornings I would go snorkeling or diving, usually for food. In the afternoons and often into to the next morning and day, I would spend my time working on leather projects. During this time period, I opened a store in San Diego, California named Liberty Leathers.

I have always been quit critical of my own work and am always learning better and new ways of getting the leather to look and do what I want it to. I do all of my leather work completely by hand, with no machines used. I believe that handmade garmets and leather work of old world craftsmanship are becoming a dying art. I am doing my best to keep this art alive. I want to keep the quality of each piece as high as possible, reflective of the museum or heirloom quality craftsmanship of centuries past. I like to think of my projects as something a craftsman may have made his king, paying all possible attention to detail and quality.

Enjoy,

Jerry Van Amburg


Please note that all our skins come from reputable suppliers. The skins we use are bi-products and no endangered species are used for our designs.

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