Announcement ***Most of our masks are ready to ship and will go out within a day or two by Priority Mail. International buyers: Please be aware that if buying outside of your own country, your government may charge you a customs fee. We also sell wholesale to retailers. Email us for information.
***Most of our masks are ready to ship and will go out within a day or two by Priority Mail. International buyers: Please be aware that if buying outside of your own country, your government may charge you a customs fee. We also sell wholesale to retailers. Email us for information.
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.
Owner, Maker, Designer
Owner, Maker, Customer Service
Christine Van Norden
Maker, Laser Cutter Operator
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Refunds and Exchanges
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.