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Leather Department

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    • Monday, November 27, 2023
    • Monday, December 11, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • 116 Bridge St - Room #12
    • 2
    Register


    Make a Bronc Halter noseband for your halter. Tool or carve your selected design on a leather noseband to be fastened to your halter. Conchos available at extra charge or bring your own!


    LEON PIELSTICK

    Leon started leathercraft and tooling at age 10. He made his first saddle with a Tandy Kit at age 14. He has made an abundance of belts and wallets and has mentored other leather workers in leather tooling and saddle making.

    Leon attended OSU and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School. He was a practicing veterinarian in Burns until retirement and moved to John Day in 2017.

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    PSCA cancellation policy: Teacher reserves the right to cancel if class size minimum is not reached. You will receive a full refund in this case or if the instructor needs to cancel for other reasons. 

    If you need to cancel: Cancellations within a week of class start date will receive a 50% refund. After that a refund will not be issued. Our teachers and staff put a lot of work in to be ready for your class. If you need to cancel, please communicate with us as soon as possible. 

    • Friday, December 01, 2023
    • Thursday, February 29, 2024
    • 116 Bridge St - Room 12 - John Day, OR
    Register


    3-month pass - Winter Term Open Studio Pass

    Includes use of hand tools, dyes, leather sewing machine and workspace.

    Open to all current and recent leather students - (Participants must have taken a PSCA leather class within the past 6 months)

    There is not a teacher on site during open studio time. 

    Open studio is Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm

    • Thursday, December 21, 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 116 NW Bridge St. Room 10
    Register


    Join us for our Artist Meetup. We will meet monthly to share ideas, collaborate and meet other professional (and aspiring professional) artists. Painters, sculptors, writers, photographers - all are welcome. 

    RSVP here!

    For questions or more information:

    Call: 541-575-1335

    Come in: 116 NW Bridge St. John Day OR

    Email: paintedskycenter@gmail.com


    • Tuesday, January 09, 2024
    • Tuesday, January 30, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 116 Bridge St - Room 12 - John Day, OR
    • 5
    Register


    In this class we will be making oil tan leather moccasins for your chosen shoe size. These are ankle Inca boots that tie in front with a leather lace. We will be hand sewing and punching holes and also using the sewing machine. I will need each student to send me their chosen size.

    Ages 13 and up

    Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate


    Hey, I'm Julie Smucker! I've always loved horses and leather and all things western. I started in leatherwork a little while ago and then apprenticed under the amazing Clair Kehrberg! Now I enjoy making, and working with, a variety of leather projects.





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    PSCA cancellation policy: Teacher reserves the right to cancel if class size minimum is not reached. You will receive a full refund in this case or if the instructor needs to cancel for other reasons. 

    If you need to cancel: Cancellations within a week of class start date will receive a 50% refund. After that a refund will not be issued. Our teachers and staff put a lot of work in to be ready for your class. If you need to cancel, please communicate with us as soon as possible. 


    • Monday, January 15, 2024
    • Monday, January 29, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 116 Bridge St - Room 12 - John Day, OR
    • 4
    Register


    In this class students will be introduced to the basics of leather tooling. They will stamp or tool four leather coasters that will be theirs to keep. We will go over the basics of geometric stamping as well as the basics of western floral tooling.

    If you have your own tools, please bring them. There will be tools available.

    Ages 16 and up 

    Skill level - beginner


    Leon Pielstick

    Started leathercraft and tooling at age 10. Made his first saddle with a Tandy Kit at age 14. He has made an abundance of belts and wallets and has mentored other leather workers in leather tooling and saddle making.

    Leon attended OSU and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School. He was a practicing veterinarian in Burns until retirement and moved to John Day in 2017.


    • Tuesday, February 06, 2024
    • Tuesday, March 05, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • 116 Bridge St - Room 12 - John Day, OR
    • 5
    Register

    In this class we will be creating your personal guitar strap. You choose between stamping or tooling patterns and your choice of dye.

    Make one for yourself or a gift for someone else.

    Ages 13

    Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate



    Hey, I'm Julie Smucker! I've always loved horses and leather and all things western. I started in leatherwork a little while ago and then apprenticed under the amazing Clair Kehrberg! Now I enjoy making, and working with, a variety of leather projects.





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    PSCA cancellation policy: Teacher reserves the right to cancel if class size minimum is not reached. You will receive a full refund in this case or if the instructor needs to cancel for other reasons. 

    If you need to cancel: Cancellations within a week of class start date will receive a 50% refund. After that a refund will not be issued. Our teachers and staff put a lot of work in to be ready for your class. If you need to cancel, please communicate with us as soon as possible. 


Leather Store



Meet the Teachers



Clair Kehrberg

Clair began her leather working journey in high school under the tutelage of local saddle maker Tom Berry. Upon graduation from high school she attended a two year saddle making program at Spokane Falls Community College with Verlane Desgrange as the instructor. She earned an associates degree in saddle making there. She spent a short time as an apprentice with Randy Severe at Severe Bros Saddlery in Pendleton Oregon. In 2007 Clair received a scholarship from the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association to study with world renowned saddle maker Dale Harwood. Clair has operated her own leather arts business since 2004 where she has made everything from custom western saddles to key chains and just about everything in between! She has won awards for her work and the World Leather Debut in Wyoming and been recognized for her handbags at the International Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York City. Over the years her work has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Cowboys & Indians, Western Art & Architecture and many others.


Leon Pielstick

Leon started leathercraft and tooling at age 10. He made his first saddle with a Tandy Kit at age 14. He has made an abundance of belts and wallets and has mentored other leather workers in leather tooling and saddle making.

Leon attended OSU and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School. He was a practicing veterinarian in Burns until retirement and moved to John Day in 2017.


Julie Smucker

Hey, I'm Julie Smucker! I've always loved horses and leather and all things western. I started in leatherwork a little while ago and then apprenticed under the amazing Clair Kehrberg! Now I enjoy making, and working with, a variety of leather projects.


Leather Department Committee



Leather Department Lead

Clair Kehrberg

ckehrberg@outlook.com 


Teach a Class

Interested in teaching or volunteering for the Leather Department? Contact Clair at ckehrberg@outlook.com

Physical Address: 116 NW Bridge St. John Day, Oregon 97845

Mailing Address: 116 NW Bridge St. John Day, Oregon 97845 Ste 9

Call: (541) 575-1335

Email: paintedskycenter@gmail.com


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