Meet our team and learn a little about us!
From: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Arriving in Pittsburgh via the Fort Pitt tunnel still gets me every time. You emerge from the darkness of the tunnel and are presented with the entire downtown skyline - it’s magical.
Portland reminds me of a hipper, younger version of Pittsburgh. Commuting to work on my bike along the Willamette river in the cool morning air is a great start to the day. I love being able to walk or ride to everything.
I started Hand and Hide and do all the design work, as well as all the other things that come with owning a business. I love designing new products and making prototypes. I love it when our customers ask us to make something new and we come up with a great design.
In my spare time, I love paddling my hand-built cedar-strip kayak. There is something so satisfying about the quiet, almost effortless motion of gliding through the water.
From: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home is where my family is, and where I grew up. Simple as that.
I love that here in Portland when I look out my window I see a forest. I love having the ocean just a couple hours away, and I love that winter is still green, even when the leaves have fallen, that is pretty magic.
I work production, and I like to watch our products evolve as they go through the process.
In my free time, I'm all about riding my motorcycle.
From: Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix is always sunny and usually too hot to be outside. Rain there means pounding thunderstorms.
Portland has taught me to value the sunshine and soak it up when I can. I love that it is nice enough to be outside most of the year.
I have many roles here at Hand and Hide. I am usually the one to answer the phone if you call, I update and make changes to our site, and I work in production sometimes as well. I love being able to help our customers, and learning about leather.
The rare moments I'm actually home I like to spend time tending my plants and chickens.
From: St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is a small southern town on the beach where it is always warm enough to be out on your bike enjoying the endless summer.
I love Portland's moody winter weather, waking up to grey fog, and misting rain. A world dripping in moss has a real magic to it.
Making everything by hand as part of a small team means I am involved in every step of the process. There is a charm to slowing down a production process and knowing you were responsible for each step.
At home I love making everything by hand in my own kitchen. As well as getting out of the city whenever I can to explore more of the Pacific Northwest.
Leave a comment
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Also in Leathercraft
Last November I was contacted by a lady organizing a charity auction for Girls Inc., a nationwide organization that empowers young women. The auction is an annual event called Power of the Purse and it teams local celebrities with local craftspeople to design and create purses that are sold to the highest bidder, the proceeds all going to Girls Inc of NW Oregon. I was asked to participate as a craftsperson and I readily agreed, frankly stunned and flattered by the invitation. I...
Read my first in-depth review from a customer! This customer is a pretty cool person, his name is Neville Black and he is an award winning wedding and portrait photographer living in the Pacific NW. Neville is a photographer who takes a lot of risks with his work and is willing to get uncomfortable because he feels that allows for so much more potential to produce a great photograph. Not only did Neville Black write me this wonderful review for his new iPhone 5 case but he also took several gorgeous photos with his trained eye and offered some...
We had a photo contest recently. We asked on Facebook, Instagram and through our newsletter for people to share photos of their Hand and Hide goods in real life. The contest is over, but we wanted to share the Winner and the runner ups with you!