TomBanwell

Leather Masks: Plague Doctor, Steampunk and Fashion

17885 Sales

TomBanwell

Leather Masks: Plague Doctor, Steampunk and Fashion

17885 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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(4890)

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

Flame Leather mask in purple
US$39.00
Decaflor leather mask in green
US$45.00
Totem leather mask in silver
US$42.00
Rococo leather mask in gold
US$42.00
Hearts leather mask in silver
US$39.00
Muse leather mask in teal
US$39.00
Rococo lacy mask in silver leather
US$42.00
Totem leather mask in purple
US$42.00
Muse leather mask in silver
US$39.00
Coquette leather mask in white
US$39.00
Rococo lacy mask in teal leather
US$42.00
Swirly Leather Mask in White
US$39.00
Victoriana leather mask in White
US$39.00
Coquette leather mask in violet
US$39.00
Victoriana Leather Mask in Purple
US$39.00
Swirly leather mask in gold
US$39.00
Muse leather mask in white bridal
US$39.00
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Updates

Our latest plague doctor mask Stiltzkin is ready to ship. Get 15% off by using coupon code Winter2016! Limited time.

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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.