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I'll be sewing up these rigging plates soon. I compressed the leather parts by about ten percent making it durable and thinner. I get a crisp, clean look on the decorated surface when I do this as well.

I’ll be sewing up these rigging plates soon. I compressed the leather parts by about ten percent making it durable and thinner. I get a crisp, clean look on the decorated surface when I do this as well.

Art and function seem to be at odds with one another. At least in our culture. “If it’s purty, that means it ain’t usable.” “If it’s usable, there is a limit to how purty you can make it.” “Pretty is as pretty does.” I could list many more platitudes that try to separate function and art. I would make the case that dedicated craftsmen strive to keep both at the top of their game. When pressed, they might even have a hard time defining where one ends, and the other begins. They are woven seamlessly throughout their work in a way that transcends the debate. That’s were I would like to be with my work…an integration of all things functional and at the same time, beautiful.

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