My friend Rusty is a leatherworker who makes amazing bags, coats, and backpacks all by hand. We work next door to each other all day in south Grand Rapids. He made me a bag a year ago to use and treat as a crash test dummy. I've taken it through 30 states, beat it up, crammed it in holes, and it's held together. Here's some record keeping.
Even though my backpack is dirty, grimy, and diesel-stained, Rusty is making a bunch of fresh, new stuff all the time. I can literally hear him hammering right now, its annoying. Plus he's one of the nicest guys around. Check out more of his work at MERCY SUPPLY