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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Artist profile: Duane Ballard

[IMG_9702[3].jpg]Duane Ballard is a third generation leather craftsmen. He was taught the skill of hand craving by his mother during his childhood while living in Arizona. His mother was introduced to leather crafting by her mother, making wallets, belts, etc.  that were sold at her father’s gas station as a second income for the family.

IMG_2281 Duane’s work has graced numerous high end motorcycles built by top builders with in the industry. From motorcycle seats, side bags, tool bags, wallets and belts every piece is produced by Duane. From creating the art work to hand tooling and hand stitching the product, Duane’s caliber of workmanship is impeccable.

DB_luciferspeehole Duane had brought a new platform to his work  by creating one off wall pieces. Last year show was his debut and the response was overwhelming. Duane will be creating new wall panels for this years show. To see more of Duane’s work, please go to www.dbcustomleather.com and take a moment to follow his blog, http://dbcustomleather.wordpress.com/

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