The Glamour of Leather

  Leather is appealing to many different people for many different reasons.  It is very sensual.  It is the sense of smell that is usually the first to be aroused.  There is nothing like that rich aroma, it draws you in.  Pick it up smell it.  To many it brings us back to fond memories of…

Who is Log Cabin Leather by Jan

It is Market Me Monday so I thought I would share a little about myself and my business.  My name is Jan and I make one of a kind hand tooled functional leather goods. I discovered leather while attending college in Boston and have been working with it ever since. In 2004 We moved into our  dream…

Resources for Crafters

Lately I have been having difficulty coming topics to write about.  Today I thought I would share some info that has helped me to grow my business.  I struggle with social media and promoting my work in general.  I have trouble finding good craft shows and outlets where I can sell my goods. A magazine…

Adding Color to my Stamped Belts

It has been a long time since I have written a blog.  My last was on creating my Hand Stamped designs.  In this I will share some of my coloring techniques. Once the design is complete I add color.  The color is added randomly to each item.  The same  design can look very different. The…

How I create Hand Stamped Designs at Log Cabin Leather by Jan

                      There are many ways designs can be put on leather.  Most factory made designs are embossed on  leather.  A design is pressed into the leather by machine.  Designs can also be burned into leather.  This darkens and etches a design.  My designs are hand stamped.  Each impression is hammered into damp leather.  Hand stamped designs make deeper impressions….

How I create my Hand Carved pictures.

There are many ways a design can be put on leather.  It is an amazing material.  The most suitable leather for carving is oak or vegetable tanned leather.  When water is applied leather can be molded, formed and carved.  A wood carver chips away pieces from the original form to create the art.  When carving…

Products Inspired by my Dad at Log Cabin Leather by Jan

My dad was my biggest supporter.    He was the editor and publisher for Northeastern University in Boston for many years.  He loved people.  He was a great salesman.   He loved to go to shows with me.  He would go camping with me during the shows, sleeping on the hard ground in his 70’s and he…

I was Wrong! Log Cabin Leather began in 1977

For many years I have been telling everyone, I started working with leather in 1978.  Well as it turns out, this is not true.  The other day I was looking through my old pattern files and I found a folder with receipts from Siegel Leather, the company that gave me my beginnings.  Well as it…

The Beginnings-How Log Cabin Leather was born.

My love of leather began when I was a college student in Boston.  Barnes and Noble Bookstore just opened in downtown Boston. My sister and I went there on the subway.  I went right to the craft section.  I always dabbled in all different kinds of crafts- macramé, sand painting, crocket, candle making, etc. I…

Products inspired by my Mom.

All hand carved pictures created ay Log Cabin Leather by Jan, are one of a kind. If you like one scene, but want it on a different item it can be ordered. The scenery would still differ somewhat.

What does Handmade Mean to You?

What is the meaning of handmade? The dictionary defines it as , “made with the hands…formerly from natural objects.” As a self taught leather artist I am always searching for information on how to improve my techniques. While searching I can upon a video on handmade belts-edge dying. That was just what I was looking…

Hello world! Introducing Log Cabin Leather by Jan, LLC

I am Jan  and I would like to introduce myself and my business  Log Cabin Leather by Jan.  It all began back in 1978 when I was a college student  at Wheelock College in Boston.   I’ve been a self taught leather artist ever since. I went on to earn my BS in Early Childhood Education,…