GriffinForge

Fine Leather Crafts and Artwork

DeWitt, Michigan | 521 Sales

GriffinForge

Fine Leather Crafts and Artwork

DeWitt, Michigan 521 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (139)

Announcement   Masks, accessories and fantastic artwork from The Griffin Warrior!
Find what you need for the masquerade, renaissance festival, or steampunk convention.

Announcement

Masks, accessories and fantastic artwork from The Griffin Warrior!
Find what you need for the masquerade, renaissance festival, or steampunk convention.

Leigh Griffin

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  • Melissa Sweda on Dec 20, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Just as pictured! Everyone who has layed eyes on the mask asks where they can get one!

  • Kasie Nagy on Dec 20, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Leigh was absolutely fantastic to work with and I am floored with how the mask turned out! She was able to customize it for me to look sufficiently beaten and adjust the pattern to appear straight out of Bioshock for my cosplay! Beyond happy with the results and hope I have the excuse to work with her again!

  • Samantha Hines on Dec 3, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Words cannot describe how impressed I am with my order from GriffinForge! I purchased two masks - a Red Fox for myself, as well as a custom “Golden Wolf” for my fiancé. I requested the Wolf in shades of golden brown, tan and taupe - with tawny coloring almost more akin to a coyote than a traditional Grey Wolf. The artist absolutely NAILED the colors I was envisioning and checked up with me before finalizing to make sure no adjustments were needed (and none were!). I was also extremely impressed with the super-quick turnaround and shipping - I was fully anticipating waiting another few weeks! While this is technically a Christmas gift and I can’t get his opinion just yet, I have no doubt he’ll be absolutely thrilled. Thank you so much!!

  • Samantha Hines on Dec 3, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I can’t rave enough about the work of GriffinForge! I ordered two masks - a Red Fox (with added black-tipped ears for that extra bit of foxy authenticity) for myself and a custom “Golden Wolf” for my fiance! I am thrilled with my fox - the mask itself is stunningly sturdy but also plenty comfortable, with just enough yield and give to adapt to the curvature of your face. All the details are perfectly vulpine, as are the default colors I opted for. I may already eying up additional masks to match to other costumes for the future - thank you so much!!

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About

A cartoonist who decided to branch out into leathercraft.

I grew up racing my siblings and terrorizing my friends on ATVs and adventuring through the muck and mire of my family's 20 acre forested plot. I built forts, organized strike missions and all together had a great childhood. But when the time came to think about the future I couldn't bring myself to abandon all that I had done. So to balance a life in the concrete jungle of life with my outdoorsy inner self I took up a hobby in cartooning and sculpting.

My artistic abilities inspired others to present me with opportunities to further my craft and after a while I was using my drawing skills at my job in construction and for various domestic activities. I went to college for a degree in general business management and during my final year my mom commissioned me to make a mask for my sister to wear to a mask contest at the local renaissance festival. She had already researched mask making materials and asked me to make it using leather. I resigned myself to the task and did extensive research on the craft before diving in. The mask came in second to an elaborate full fur suit dragon costume, but the buzz over my mask was the talk of the fair. I suddenly realized that I had found my nitch, a perfect blend of my drawing and sculpting skills that also utilized the imaginative adventurousness of my past.

Every year since then I have had a booth selling leather masks at the Michigan Renaissance Festival as well as running my Etsy shop. I just moved into an office of my own and hope to expand into leather armor and resin mask-making.

Thank you for reading, let your imagination run wild!

T.L.H. ~Leigh Griffin

Shop members

  • Leigh Griffin

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Master of the Universe and Boss Leader Overlord.

  • jessievic

    Marketer, Customer Service, Assistant

    Mom and lifeline to Leigh, she helps manage the Facebook page and marketing side of things.

  • Katie Whittaker

    Marketer, Customer Service, Assistant

    Great help, better friend. Katie has been Leigh's close friend for over a decade and a half.

  • carol Simmons

    Assistant, Photographer

    Leigh's Lifelong Friend and lovely assistant!

  • TreeFlier

    Assistant

    Leigh's sister and lovely mask model!

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