TREE OF LIFE JOURNAL (SADDLE)
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Artist: Oberon Design (Santa Rosa, CA)
As beautiful as it is inspiring, this American made journal is a true work of art, lovingly crafted, one at a time, from genuine leather by artisans right here in California.
Made from premium domestic leather, drum dyed for a rich color and durable finish you won't find elsewhere. Hand cast Britannia pewter button and leather thong closure.
Let Your Creativity Flow. The included hardbound journal insert features blank pages and a lined template, ready for your thoughts, sketches, memories and more. AND, it's refillable!
Give the Gift of Inspiration. Artists, writers, students and others appreciate the value of a quality journal. Give the creative soul in your life a truly unique gift they'll treasure for a lifetime.
• Height: 9"
• Width: 6"
• Depth: 1.25"
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
In 1967, Brendan Smith, the owner and founder of Oberon Design, embarked on a course of artistry that has occupied his life for over forty years. A talented musician and composer, author, gardener and entrepreneur, Brendan steadfastly adhered to a vision of quality and ‘do-it -yourself’ simplicity in his leather artistry and business practices that has stood the test of time.
When Brendan was seventeen, he cultivated two important relationships: an incongruous friendship with the cowboy owner of a local saddlery shop who mentored him in the nuances of leather craft. At this time he also made friends with a family who owned The Hide House, a local leather supply business. Oberon Design still works with The Hide House, a treasured and honored working friendship of forty-five years. With their help, Brendan developed his skills for precision and design, sketching in notebooks and spending long hours experimenting and creating in situ at the sewing machine.
Brendan developed a following for his leatherwork during the seventies and eighties under the name Walking Foot Leather. His reputation grew out of his direct rapport with customers in his booth each year at the original Renaissance Pleasure Faires. In the late 1980’s he expanded his business to accommodate a large order for leather fanny packs for a national department store chain. From this expansion sprang the concept of leather journal covers whose popularity in museum shops and gift and book stores across the country lead to the creation of Oberon Design as a company that has flourished since 1992.
Beginning in the 1990’s Oberon Design became a vital and well recognized part of the handmade, craft revival in the United States, participating in elite juried venues such as American Craft Council shows and Buyers Market of American Craft, joining the ranks of the most highly recognized craftsmen and women in the U.S.
Oberon Design is a small company of core crafts people passionate about the quality of the leather and pewter products made in their studio shop in Northern California. As a team they have a deep commitment to quality, pride of craftsmanship and customer service. Most of the folks making products at Oberon Design have been working together from ten to twenty years. This makes for a family atmosphere and a team spirit that contributes to the quality and commitment evident in their products. They try to have as much fun as they can while hard at work.