TomBanwell

Leather Masks: Plague Doctor, Steampunk and Fashion

20398 Sales

TomBanwell

Leather Masks: Plague Doctor, Steampunk and Fashion

20398 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(5376)

Announcement   ***Most of our masks are ready to ship and will go out within a day or two. 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

Last updated on Jul 21, 2017

***Most of our masks are ready to ship and will go out within a day or two. 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

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(5376)
Jessica Durazo

Jessica Durazo on May 16, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I wore this mask to a Mardi Gras themed party and everyone loved it! I love it! It's comfortable and doesn't leave marks on your face.

lhazlett88

lhazlett88 on May 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

My daughter absolutely loved her plague doctor staff! It really tied her costume together!

halxmeister

halxmeister on May 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Very fine item, perfectly made, high quality leather. Fast shipping. Maybe should be made in two or three sizes to fit better.

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Updates

Just listed! Our latest plague doctor topper! The "Flying Skull"!
Cyber Monday sale! Everything in the store is 10% off! Use coupon code Cyber2016.
Our plague doctor hat and mask Maximus won a Halloween contest!
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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.

Shop members

  • Tom Banwell

    Owner, Maker, Designer

  • Jill Banwell

    Owner, Maker, Customer Service

  • Christine Van Norden

    Maker, Laser Cutter Operator

  • Cindy Barry

    Maker, Painter, Sewer

Shop policies

Last updated on May 16, 2018
Welcome to our shop. Here are our shop policies. Feel free to write us if you have any questions.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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.
Payment
We accept PayPal and all major credit cards. Buyers from California will be charged 7.5% sales tax. Buyers from Washington and other states that require sales tax collection will also be charged 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.
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.