I usually feel like I have no business being amongst you all. I am a true beginner. Now, I do have some very nice tools and if it were not for having to show progress leading to a finished project one could look at the tools and my wife could look at the expense so far and think I was quite a leather success. My wife and I - and now all of you now know the truth.
I think Phil is amazing and I am a very visual learner. Phil‘s style is thorough, calm, well thought out and super smart. I am really enjoying his teaching! So, I have watched many many hours - most courses multiple times... soon, I am going to give this craft an honest go and see if I can’t at least make my wife something that she would love to own. A well executed Turenne bag for her is most definitely a goal I hope to achieve in the near term.
By day, I work in Data and Cybersecurity. It is one of those jobs that if done right you are pleased for about a minute and then someone hacks your code. Never being able to say “I did that or I finished / finalized something” going from hero to zero instantly and not having anything to show for your work is maddening.
I see leatherwork as an outlet away to really say, I did that. I created this - It is done to the absolute best of my ability at this point and get better and better... and have something to show for your work / time invested - something well-built that actually could last decades...
Anyway, happy to be hear. I am happy to be with all of you as this for me will take a village and I appreciate the help and or companionship from all of you while we pursue this under Phil’s expert teaching.