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TomBanwell

Leather Masks: Plague Doctor, Steampunk and Fashion

18556 Sales

TomBanwell

Leather Masks: Plague Doctor, Steampunk and Fashion

18556 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(5034)

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.

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.

Tom and Jill Banwell

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Tom and Jill Banwell

Flying Skull Plague Doctor Staff Topper
$32.00
Celtic Knot Headwreath in Gold Leather
$14.50
Plague Doctor's mask Maximus in white leather
$335.00
Plague Doctor's mask Maximus in black leather
$325.00
Icarus Plague Doctor Mask in white Steampunk
$345.00
Icarus Plague Doctor Mask in black Steampunk
$345.00
Rabbit mask in leather
$79.00
Hearts mask in red leather Valentine
$39.00
Swirly Leather mask in purple
$39.00
SALE! Decaflor leather mask in black
$22.50
Corax Riveted Plague Doctor half mask in Black
$100.00
Bunny leather mask in black
$65.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(5034)
mishkaf1

mishkaf1 on Dec 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This headdress in custom silver looks gorgeous! Perfect for an upcoming Art Deco Ball. It arrived so quickly I was surprised. Thank you!

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Updates

Just listed! Our latest plague doctor topper! The "Flying Skull"!

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Flying Skull Plague Doctor Staff Topper
$32.00
Cyber Monday sale! Everything in the store is 10% off! Use coupon code Cyber2016.

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Our plague doctor hat and mask Maximus won a Halloween contest!

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Plague Doctor Hat in Black Leather
$215.00
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About

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.

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Shop members

  • Tom Banwell

    Owner, Maker, Designer

  • Jill Banwell

    Owner, Maker, Customer Service

  • Christine Van Norden

    Maker, Laser Cutter Operator

  • Cindy Barry

    Maker, Painter

Shop policies

Last updated on March 31, 2016
Welcome to our shop. Here are our shop policies. Feel free to write us if you have any questions.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
We accept PayPal and all major credit cards. Buyers from California will be charged 7.625% sales tax.
Shipping
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.
Refunds and Exchanges
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 90 days of ordering.
Additional policies and FAQs
CARING FOR YOUR MASK
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.