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Announcement    We are retiring and transitioning our masks over to our son's store:


Last updated on Feb 24, 2021

We are retiring and transitioning our masks over to our son's store:


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Tom and Jill Banwell

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About TomBanwell

Sales 24,682
On Etsy since 2008

Tom's Story

I have no formal art training, and am largely self-taught. As a child I was fascinated with helmets and other hats, and I collected them. My love affair with leather began in 1972 when I got a job at Lake Tahoe making belts, purses and sandals. Four years later I started a business designing and making men’s Western leather hats which sold all over the United States. After selling that business I dabbled in woodcarving for a number of years which led eventually to learning how to cast in resin.

My business than became casting custom resin trophies and figurines, which I did for many years, and much of that work consisted of imitating other materials: bronze, marble, wood, etc. In 2008 I discovered leather maskmaking and that has been my passion—and my business—ever since.

In my creative leatherwork I draw on my experience with resin and incorporate resin components into my steampunk artwork, and the combination of materials gives a richer look than I could achieve in either material alone.

Today I find my greatest creative expression in fantasy masks. I love experimenting and seeing how leather behaves when cut and soaked and twisted. I love the shapes and the colors, and how my masks and helmets can instantly transform the wearer into a whole other character.

My studio is in the small rural town of Penn Valley, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California.

Shop members

  • Tom Banwell

    Owner, Maker, Designer

  • Jill Banwell

    Owner, Maker, Customer Service

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Welcome to our shop. Here are our shop policies. Feel free to write us if you have any questions.

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Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
All sales are final. If you are unhappy with the item please contact us and we'll try to work something out. All claims must be made within 14 days of delivery.
We accept PayPal and all major credit cards. Buyers from California, Washington and other states that require sales tax collection will be charged sales tax.
We ship most orders by Priority Mail, and usually orders are shipped within within a day or two. Orders shipping outside of the United States can take two to four weeks or longer. We have no control over how long customs may hold your package.
Additional policies and FAQs
The leather masks are quite durable. When storing them, keep them in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. The worst enemy is water, as the masks will soften and distort when wet, so don't wear them in the rain, in the pool, or in the shower. Heat will dry them out and make the leather crack. No regular maintenance is required. If they become soiled, wipe with a soft cloth.