july sale stamped walletsHappy July to y’all, a truly good month for America. To celebrate I am stamping all leather goods orders with your name or initials for only $1. Yep, for only a buck you can personalize that fine piece of leather goodness. In other news, the Mr. Lentz workshop has moved! A new location with a bit more space, photos coming soon. Finally – be on the lookout for a couple new products popping up in the shop. There’s a big one coming in about a week or so, it’s a big step for Mr. Lentz leather goods!

To get your $1 stamped item, go ahead and order as usual, then input the name/initials in the addon box under stamping. No coupon code necessary! Head over to the online shop now to take a look.

Yer hair gettin’ bushy? Need to corral up that ‘do? Well yer in luck because now you can do it in style.

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Sometimes that wind will blow yer hairs straight up to the backside of yer head. That’s where this stainless steel comb with leather sheath come in to save the day. You will be a good lookin’ cowboy again in no time at all. No need to don the 10 gallon hat to hide the mess.leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0029The comb – built from high grade stainless steel right here in the U.S.A. is sheathed in a handmade cut of leather so fine and minimal it’ll bring tears to yer eyes.leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0030leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0035Branded with the Mr. Lentz logo and hand stamped with a unique sequential number signifying the order in which it was made in the history of Mr. Lentz goods.leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0042leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0043leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0013leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0069leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0082Now available in the Mr. Lentz Shop.

Call me fashionably late, my good sense of timing revealed that I should probably put this little post up about a new leather purse design…after Mother’s Day had passed. Whoops! Anyhow, it’s a beauty and took me just over a month to design, test, redesign, test again and whiddle down the fine details to get it just right. The result is another classic looking purse that has a good amount of room on the inside for all those lady-like goods. Designed to hold up to two separate and removable inserts containing pockets and snapable pouches, helping to keep it all organized. The Leather Crossbody Purse is made with the same high quality Full-grain Vegetable tanned leather that I use with my wallets and other goods. This type of leather is the absolute best you can buy in my opinion. It will show some of the original textures and scarring from the cow’s lifetime adding a world of stories to the purse. The shoulder strap is adjustable for the smallest lil’ lady up to the tallest and can even be removed if needed. The top closes with magnetic snaps making reaching in and out very convenient. Well, anyhow – I am sure there is plenty more to say about it, but I don’t like to ramble too much. I’ll let the pictures do the talkin’.
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CakeWhiskey1_900The wonderfully crafted small business magazine Cake & Whiskey recently did a feature on my workshop with a full interview. I just finished reading through the rest of the magazine – it’s full of great stories of artisan entrepreneurs workin’ hard to build their businesses. Go check them out and sign up for a copy here, I just did. I have included a few short questions and answers from the interview below, but go on and check out the magazine for the full feature.mrlentz-portrait-maker-workshop_0085

Give us a walking-word-tour of your work space. Do you think it resembles that of a craftsman a century ago?

There is a lot to be said for keeping a simple, clean and efficient workspace. When I started out, I was horrible at putting tools away and being organized. Over time I have developed a few organizational skills that are key for keeping a good workflow going. My workshop has parts that are fairly typical of any leather workshop from 200 years ago. I have a solid workbench, a lot of basic hand tools used for cutting, carving, grooving, stitching, punching, pounding, stretching, clamping and much much more. I set this all up in front of a nice wide window so I can work in natural light for most of my day…I love it. A few advancements in the shop include a shipping station where I can easily sort and package up orders, a dyeing station, drying station, and lots and lots of shelving space for all kinds of little pieces I never knew I would need.

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In your line of work, where do you feel you have the most purpose? What are you most passionate about creating?

You know – I particularly enjoy creating tutorials for my blog and fellow readers. I love teaching the art of leather craft and my particular angle on it. It is an immense field full of a lifetime of learning. I feel like those new to leather are just so stunned at all the knowledge to be gained that they don’t know where to start. So – I make very simple and practical tutorials to get people up and running with very detailed photos of each process. If I had more time I would create 1 a week. I also love designing new goods for the shop. It is a long and fun creative process that can really be a good mind bender when trying to figure out the practicality of putting an idea onto paper and making it work in real life.

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You said in another interview that ‘you should always follow your passions.’ How have you found the magic of turning your passion into profit?

I think the magic of turning a passion into profit begins with believing in yourself, your idea, and not letting anything or anyone dissuade you or make you feel that it isn’t worth it. It really isn’t magic at all, I think the reality is that if you really want your passion to also work as a means for income…you are in for a lot of long hard work. During the startup process of my business and continuing today I spend a lot – almost all – of my free time – invested in my business. Unlike any other generic job…this actually doesn’t bother me one bit. Even on my days off I find myself back in the workshop tinkering with a new idea or making a gift for a friend. That’s where the passion comes in, nothing feels like work anymore.

mrlentz-portrait-maker-workshop_0182What’s most important to you about Mr. Lentz? 

Well, I would like my leather goods to make an impact on people and restructure how they carry their life. My goods are designed and meant to be minimalistic, thus allowing people to think about what they actually need to carry versus what they currently stuff into their wallets or bags. I enjoy the minimal ethic to a large degree, I think we could all benefit from pairing down our lives into simpler living and lifestyles. I think this is especially important as our society grows more complex and busy. Also – I would love for my blog to help inspire more people to make things with their hands. I can’t imagine how many incredible artists are out there just waiting to discover themselves, if only they would put down that smartphone or tablet and make something useful with their own bare hands.

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Every cowboy needs a few moments to collect his thoughts. So, this one went out deeper into the desert. A few miles into the wilderness area inside of Joshua Tree National Park, under a full moon. The wind whipped, cactus pricked and luckily the snake did not bit.

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The first camp was set up on a high ridge, miles from any trail and without the slightest hint of humanity in sight.

joshua-tree-wilderness_0040If you need a break from life, a chance to let all of your thoughts settle, consider planning a 3 day getaway to the desert, mountains, or plains. Get away from your daily habits and stressors. Even just 2 days out and you might even see a big change, go with it.joshua-tree-wilderness_0046The best way I have found to really get away and get some good solid nights of solitude is to hike out into a designated wilderness area. Get yourself few miles in and you may be the only person willing to make that extra effort and thus get the entire place to yourself.joshua-tree-wilderness_0128Make sure to bring the appropriate equipment for wherever you end up…but don’t take too much – it’ll just slow you down. Out here in the desert all I really needed (but did bring more) was a sleeping pad and bag, some grub, and about a gallon of water per day out. That’s as minimal as you can get and it would allow me to hike even deeper into the desert.joshua-tree-wilderness_0138

Leather Holster WalletThis early Spring brings yet another new design to the shop. The Leather Holster Wallet. I dreamed it up because every cowboy or cowgirl out there should carry a holster, it’s standard issue with the lifestyle. However nowadays you are probably better off with a modern twist on things, as the ol’ 6 shooter might scare yer neighbors.leather-phone-holster-leather-wallet-holster-052_0041

 

Built to hold an included money and card pouch that fits snugly at the top of the holster, and saves enough room to carry an iPhone 6 or similar slim items. It has a minimal belt loop built into the back that will fit any 1.25 inch wide belt.Leather iPhone Holster

I personally do not carry a smartphone on me, I did once – and it cramped my style. No matter – this holster will fit my old-school cellular just fine.

Brown Leather Holster Walletleather-phone-holster-leather-wallet-holster-052_0022leather-phone-holster-leather-wallet-holster-052_0005The edges are secured up with solid brass, nickel plated rivets. That’s one durable way to do it. The leather is hand-cut, hand- stamped, branded, dyed, oiled, waxed and assembled all in my workshop. It will definitely catch some eyes out there by high-noon.leather-phone-holster-leather-wallet-holster-052_0172Now available in the Mr. Lentz Shop.

It’s an early Spring out here in the Desert Southwest and with it comes a few early births. I am happy to report on three of them already, one for this blog entry and the two others later on when I get an extra second. No, fortunately I ain’t talkin’ about babies, and unfortunately I ain’t talkin’ about calves. Today I am talkin’ about the the mini Leather Notebook Cover and pen:

Built from one durable, Full-Grain, Vegetable-Tanned piece of high grade leather and cut down to the absolute minimum…down to the millimeter. The leather you see in the photo above is hand-dyed, hand-oiled, hand-waxed, hand-riveted, and hand-hammered into shape the old fashioned way. This is the way leatherwork should be done. You can visibly see the quality in each and every piece this way.

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The notebook itself is a mere 2.5 inches x 4 inches, the perfect size to fit in this pocket-sized creation. The leather grips onto the durable steel pen and wraps it all up in a protective manner.

leather-notebook-case-with-pen-minimal-slim-022_0006This item was designed out of necessity. I was using just a notebook everyday, but quickly tired of frayed pages, lost pens and just the impracticality of it all. So – I got my neurons workin up in a good ol’ storm and came up with the simplest idea I could think of to house a notebook and pen. It’s practical – cowboy style, I’ll rest ‘er there.

 

  • Sergio - May 25, 2015 - 11:27 pm

    Hi Mr.

    Very nice job and It is remarkable its atidute to share their knowledge. Please tell me how to make rounded corners?

    thanks

    SergioReplyCancel

working with leather the old fashioned way

I prefer to work with leather the old fashioned way. Starting with a nice large side of Full-Grain, Vegetable Tanned leather – which I then dye by hand. I make several passes with the dye, standing back to take a long look at the resulting color, then applying more as needed. The dye I use, I make myself…just as the earliest leatherworkers used to do. It is made entirely from vegetable matter and is non-toxic…that means I don’t need gloves and I can get my hands dirty – just the way it ought to be. Doing it all from scratch, and doing it all by hand takes longer, it’s quite a bit more work – but the results are worth it and I love every step of the way. Above I am hanging and inspecting a freshly dyed side, soon to be cut into wallets, cases and much more. Gotta love the smell of 24 square feet of leather!