Tolovana Arts Colony (TAC) is hosting a free leather crafting workshop from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Tolovana Hall in Cannon Beach. Because this introductory course is offered at no cost, space is limited, and RSVP’s are required.

The workshop is offered by Cannon Beach resident Jim Azumano. TAC noticed Azumano’s wallet, which Azumano made himself. He has been teaching basic leather work to family and friends for years.

It’s in that sharing spirit that Azumano offered to teach the class free of charge. He likes the simplicity and honesty of arts and crafts when they are separated from need or want of profit.

Azumano has been honing his skills for decades. He’s made purses, belts, moccasins and even a gun holster, which is one display at the Seaside Golf Course bar. He particularly appreciates the intersection of style and function.

"Leather crafting is a traditional, ancient art form,” Azumano said in a press release. "It was founded more in survival but then became art."

Azumano will lead the intimate, hands-on class, providing tools and leather. Student can choose what to make – likely something simple at first, like a bookmark, coaster or belt. He will guide students in cutting, pattern making/design stamping, staining and more.

You can RSVP by responding by email to tolovanaartscolony@gmail.com, or by calling 541-215-4445. RSVP's are limited to two per person. RSVP only if you're sure you'll be able to attend.


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