Children Get Introduction to Leathercraft

Nearly 40 children are introduced to leathercrafting in a workshop taught by Jim Linnell. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Nearly 40 children are introduced to leathercrafting in a workshop taught by Jim Linnell. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Nearly 40 children were introduced to leathercraft in a workshop held Saturday in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show.

And Jim Linnell, who was instructor for the session, said the youngsters got to take home a little something extra.

Linnell said he's been doing leatherwork himself for 50-plus years and worked for Tandy Leather Crafts for about 40 years. Even before he retired from Tandy, he said, he felt an obligation to pass on what he knows about leathercraft.

He taught several of the workshops held during the past week as part of this year's Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show, but Saturday's session was the only one for children. The event was free to anyone aged 19 years or younger, although participants were asked to pre-register for planning purposes.

Linnell said he also had a lot of adult volunteers who assisted in making sure the children had a good experience.

Linnell said he has taught leathercraft in 42 states, Europe, Mexico and Canada, and started a program in Puerto Rico.

Close-up of Linnell during class. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up of Linnell during class. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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