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News Community Eighth-grader demonstrates gift for leather craft

Cody Tiger shows his Chan Geer Sheridan-style covered clock with his mother, Debbie Foster, displaying his “Pegasus” piece.Cody Tiger, the youngest participant and scholarship recipient of the 4th Annual Extreme Leather Workshop spent an amazing weekend with many gifted and talented leather crafters from around the country. The Hides to Art workshop was held at the Biltmore Doubletree Hotel in Asheville, March 25-27, and Cody Tiger is still smiling about it.

Through a chance encounter at Cartoogechaye Baptist Church in early fall, Tiger met Ken Smith and the two struck up a conversation about Smith’s handmade leather bible case. Since September, Smith has taken Tiger under his wing and has been teaching him the art of leather craft. Tiger has also been introduced to Ron Sullivan who has shared his skills with the Macon Middle School eighth grader as well. Smith and Sullivan say they are thrilled to see Tiger taking such an interest in this historic craft and will continue to work with him. Both men believe that Tiger is truly gifted and know he can go far with what is becoming a dying craft.

As the youngest leather working student in the group, Tiger is proud to discuss how he created the Chan Geer Sheridan Style Covered Clock. The clock took Tiger more than 20 hours to complete. This workshop allowed attendees to meet and work with Chan Geer who has made commissioned leatherwork pieces for John Wayne and the Emperor of China.

Tiger has a clear understanding of the process of leatherwork as he guides his intrigued listeners through the process of making carefully crafted pieces from beginning to end. The projects he creates show patience, dedication and determination.

Tiger’s work will be on display at Macon Bank during the month of July. Stop on by and see one of Macon County’s new budding craftsmen.

Submitted by Deborah Appleby.


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