What: Handmade leather goods, such as wallets, bags, belts, dog collars, cuffs and other accessories. Some custom pieces are embellished with (thoroughly cleaned) animal bones.
Who: Corey McGovern was born and raised in the Queen City, and is an artist and former tattooist. “I walked into a leather shop and saw a man carving leather with a swivel knife, a small handheld blade used for carving into leather, and I knew right away I wanted to bring my art skills and creativity to the leather-working world.”
On the name: McGovern wanted a catchy name that prompted people to ask questions. “I wanted to express the appreciation I have for animals and the misfortune it may have endured by giving it new life with my artwork.”
Why it works: McGovern carves, tools and hand-paints the leather. “Leather work is a bit of a forgotten art form. There are not very many people in the city that do it.”
On motivation: “Every commission is a challenge and I love to problem-solve, build, and end with a quality product and a smiling customer.”
Find more CLT Made goods by searching the Observer website for “CLT Made,” and on the “CLT Made” Pinterest page.