I began leatherworking as a hobby. I enjoyed the process of making things by hand with wood in the past and decided to try leather as a new medium, and I became obsessed. I made some items, primarily for personal use and as gifts for friends and family. I eventually came to the conclusion that, like many consumer goods, quality is a very important aspect, and that the cheap department store leather goods I had owned in the past did not live up to the expectation. I knew there were people out there who place a high value on quality, and I decided to make a part-time business offering my goods to those who share the same expectation of quality.