About Stan and Nooga Leatherworks
Here’s the short story…
Creating fine leather bags, wallets, and accessories useful for daily life has become my passion. It was never my plan, just something I backed into. After a few years of tinkering, researching, planning, and trial, it has become my livelihood. When I’m not working with leather, I’m talking about it. When I’m not talking about it, I’m quietly thinking about something new I’d like to make.
It’s very satisfying to finish a piece and know that it’s something I created and will be passed down for generations to come. More satisfying than that is to see people’s faces when they first smell and see their item.
I love what I do.
Here’s the long story, in installments…
Many years ago while working my first job out of college as a mechanical engineer at a tire company in Nashville, I met a jack-of-all-trades. Incidentally his name was Jack. He could literally make anything he put his mind to and make it well. I was looking for a nice leather journal to write down all my current woes for posterity and thought I could probably make one at his urging. Jack turned me on to a leather supplier, a completely new world to me. When I walked into the warehouse, I was mesmerized. I had no idea where to start, knew nothing about leather, and was excited to learn. So I bought my first leather side, three of them. That’s a problem I would struggle with indefinitely; wanting all the hides. I made a leather cover for a paper journal I had found but it turned out very nicely and I had lots of leather left over.