Leathercraft workshop set in Manzanita

The Hoffman Center for the Arts will host a two-hour “LeatherCraft for Beginners” workshop Saturday, June 11, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuition for the workshop will be $30, with an extra $35 for materials.

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The workshop will be led by Geoffrey Franklin. Franklin is the designer and maker behind Walnut Stuiolo Leather Goods in rural Nehalem.

Workshop participants will learn the basic skills of leathercrafting by making a unique project, a walnut-handled imperial pint glass for take home. Franklin will introduce and explain the different types of leather, and teach students how to cut, edge, dye, punch, skive, and gloss vegetable-tanned leather as they make their own handle.

The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 12 students. Persons interested can register via the Hoffman Center’s blog –

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Franklin is a practiced professional leathercrafter. He trained in design at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and has been operating Walnut Studiolo with his wife Valerie since 2009. Their website is