TomBanwell

Leather Plague Doctor Costume Accessories

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Announcement    We are retiring and transitioning our masks over to our son's store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BanwellDesigns

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Last updated on Feb 24, 2021

We are retiring and transitioning our masks over to our son's store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BanwellDesigns

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About TomBanwell

Sales 24,698
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.

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  • Tom Banwell

    Owner, Maker, Designer

  • Jill Banwell

    Owner, Maker, Customer Service

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
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