Jerry Vanamburg's Profile
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…
- Joined April 11, 2009