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    • Monday, September 19, 2022
    • Monday, October 31, 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • Remington Building - Corner of S Washington & Park, Canyon City OR
    • 3

    Students will make a roper style breast collar with Leon Pielstick that will be theirs to keep.

    Ages 16+

    • Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Remington Building - Corner of S Washington & Park, Canyon City OR
    • 5
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    We will be making some darling and functional baby moccasins.

    We will use the leather sewing machine and also do some hand stitching and cutting.

    These moccasins will fit a year-old child.

                   

    Ages 14+


    Hey! I'm Julie Smucker. I have lived here in eastern Oregon all my life and have loved art of all kinds. I especially love working with leather to create useful and beautiful goods that will last a lifetime! I have studied and worked under Clair Kehrberg to learn leatherwork and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I make random stuff and do custom leatherwork for others.

    • Friday, October 14, 2022
    • Saturday, October 15, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Remington Building - Corner of S Washington & Park, Canyon City OR
    • 2
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    Have you ever seen an adorable bag to haul your whatnot stuff in?

    Well, here is your chance to make one!



    In this class we will make a simple 12x11 inch leather tote bag and also make an elegant macrame hanging for the front of the tote.

    Ages 14+

    Hey! I'm Julie Smucker. I have lived here in eastern Oregon all my life and have loved art of all kinds. I especially love working with leather to create useful and beautiful goods that will last a lifetime! I have studied and worked under Clair Kehrberg to learn leatherwork and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I make random stuff and do custom leatherwork for others.

Leather Store



Meet the Teachers



Clair Kehrberg

Clair began her leather working journey in high school under the tutelage of local saddle maker Tom Berry. Upon graduation from high school she attended a two year saddle making program at Spokane Falls Community College with Verlane Desgrange as the instructor. She earned an associates degree in saddle making there. She spent a short time as an apprentice with Randy Severe at Severe Bros Saddlery in Pendleton Oregon. In 2007 Clair received a scholarship from the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association to study with world renowned saddle maker Dale Harwood. Clair has operated her own leather arts business since 2004 where she has made everything from custom western saddles to key chains and just about everything in between! She has won awards for her work and the World Leather Debut in Wyoming and been recognized for her handbags at the International Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York City. Over the years her work has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Cowboys & Indians, Western Art & Architecture and many others.


Leon Pielstick

Leon started leathercraft and tooling at age 10. He made his first saddle with a Tandy Kit at age 14. He has made an abundance of belts and wallets and has mentored other leather workers in leather tooling and saddle making.

Leon attended OSU and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School. He was a practicing veterinarian in Burns until retirement and moved to John Day in 2017.


Julie Smucker

Hey, I'm Julie Smucker! I've always loved horses and leather and all things western. I started in leatherwork a little while ago and then apprenticed under the amazing Clair Kehrberg! Now I enjoy making, and working with, a variety of leather projects.


Leather Department Committee



Leather Department Lead

Clair Kehrberg

ckehrberg@outlook.com 


Teach a Class

Interested in teaching or volunteering for the Leather Department? Contact Clair at ckehrberg@outlook.com

Physical Address: 118 Washington Street Canyon City, OR  97820

Mailing Address: PO Box 21 Canyon City, OR  97820

Call: (541) 575-1335

Email: paintedskycenter@gmail.com

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