John Sellers creates belts, lampshades and portable saddle seat stools out of thick leather. Each item is accented with his hand carved designs and painting. His booth has a handbuilt peddler’s cart to display the belts and other items.
He began working with leather as a young man in the 1960’s. He and his wife exhibited at craft shows and other weekend outlets in the 1970s. He took a break from leather work to hold a traditional job for several decades. In 2008, he re-entered the craft show circuit.
He works with the same hand-cranked cutting machine, hand stamp and mallet that leathercrafters have used for centuries. But he used non-traditional eco-friendly solutions to dye the leather.
Custom orders are always welcome. He encourages customers to break away from the usual dark leathers and use a variety of pastels and other colors to create more interesting effects.
Say hello at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and appreciate the look and feel of handcrafted leather work.