Chip has lived with me for 9 years in our village. We live on Main Street in the middle of town. Lots of people know us – especially him – and see Chip all the time working in the yard, walking with the boys, running into stores to grab milk and juice, or walking the dogs. But most of them have no idea that he is a leathercraftsman and a woodworker, or that he has been in business doing both since he was 19 years old. Chip had a booth at the Renaissance Faire for 12 years, and a leathershop in Nyack NY for 5 years before he moved up to our village. Then he had a store – but not in our village. So alot of people were curious about just what he did.
Well, Saturday was Community Day in our village. We usually miss this local celebration because it usually occurs when we are in Tybee, but because we did not go to Tybee this year, we were here and Chip decided to put up a booth for his business – Hawk Studio. (You can find him at www.hawk-studio.com but keeping checking the site – Chris is in the middle of creating a new updated website for Chip’s business so it is going to get better.)
Because Chip’s work is fairly rustic, the booth must also have that rustic appeal – which means it takes more time than just putting up a basic pop-up cover and sticking a table underneath it. Chip uses alot of natural wood for the displays and the workbench – where he makes and fits belts for folks while they wait.
We brought an assortment of Chip’s belt pouches and bags.
He uses some of the extra leather from making belts to make wristbands which alot of the teenagers like.
Chip also started acclimating Markus to the leather working tools – apprenticeship starts early in our house.
I can’t tell you how many people stopped by to see him and were surprised to find out that he had these amazing talents. The manager of the post office fell in love with one of his benches and bought it and four other folks bought belts and many many more took his card. We were thrilled. We did not expect to make anything at this event and not only did we make money, Chip made some connections with other folks in the community who did similar work. It was fun.
The day also included a parade and a twenty minute fireworks display at the end of the day. Vash’s best friend Nathan was there and they watched the fireworks together too. All in all a great day. Chip is already looking to set up his next show.