James Acord: Pushing the Leather Envelope Ingrid Sils

Around 1984, five years after purchasing a leather shop and 
learning leatherwork as a part-time pursuit, James Acord 
walked away from his career as a welder in order to devote
his full attention to leatherwork. He continued to work as a
traditional leather craftsman until 1995 when he was
introduced to the fly-fishing world by an individual who was
taking art lessons from Acord's wife, Susan Shie. Since that time,
Acord has turned to producing fly-fishing accessories almost
exclusively. What makes his work unique is the detailed
carving and airbrush artistry that he adds to his leather products.



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