GriffinForge

Fine Leather Crafts and Artwork

DeWitt, Michigan · 439 Sales

GriffinForge

Fine Leather Crafts and Artwork

DeWitt, Michigan 439 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(121)

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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Leigh Griffin

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(121)
Futeko Snowfeather

Futeko Snowfeather on Jun 18, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

If I could set a 6th star, I definitely would! The shop is fantastic to work with - very professional, dedicated to delivering a product that [you] like. They're ready to advise you with their extensive knowledge, expertise and experience to tailor the product to suit your desires - colors, shapes, you name it! The delivery process was very smooth - the item was sent as soon as it was ready, with the shop even happy to follow custom packaging instructions. The product itself is of great quality - both aesthetically and materially! It's very comfortable to wear, and easily adjustable. I've worn it for a full day (10~ hours) at a LARP event, with no issues at all (just had to raise the mask a bit to eat/drink comfortably). The mask feel quite sturdy and durable - I'm certain it'll last for many years, and then some!

Matrix Dragon

Matrix Dragon on May 23, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I love how this dragon mask came out! The artist did an amazing job capturing the colors and details of the character that this is based on. The dragon mask itself is also very well shaped, I did not expect such a complicated design to work so well in leather.

Matrix Dragon

Matrix Dragon on May 23, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This mask is excellent! It fits perfectly, is very detailed, and looks nice and menacing. The artist did a great job following up on my requests for adjusting the colors.

Kristine Ellison

Kristine Ellison on May 20, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I’m flabbergasted at how beautiful and comfortable this mask is. I was hesitate to spend that amount, but this isn’t just a mask...this is a work of art. This was a custom paint job as well. It’s just stunning!! I’ll send a picture of my full cosplay when I get all my costume together. I love the smell and the comfort of the leather, I’m so used to silicone masks, but now I love this so much more. I’m going to save up and buy another. Thanks & I’ll send a pic in August.

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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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