The story began in upstate New York over 20 years ago where C.L. Whiting developed a love for nature, and a passion for detail. While working part time at a small leather shop and studying art at a New York university the opportunity arose for C.L. Whiting to become an apprentice under an Italian engraver who was retiring and desired to pass along his technique for making fine detailed tools to someone who would appreciate it.
After years of study and countless hours of time, C.L. Whiting began to create a one of kind, unique process that no one in the world could imagine possible. By combining the artistic art forms learned in school, along with those specialized engraving skills gained through this apprenticeship, C.L. discovered the ability to produce tools in the shape of leaves with uncanny microscopic detail. C.L. withdrew from the university and began spending years developing over 5,000 tools in different leaf patterns using nature as the model. Only then did she realize the uniqueness of this new art form, and only then did the products you now see begin to be produced. Just like a fine wine, only with the utmost quality and personal attention, will the products designed and produced by Leaf Leather be sent to you.
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