Len Canton, a self-taught craftsman from Cork city, has been working leather for almost 30 years. He produces a range of shoulder bags, satchels and other large bags, purses, wristbands, hair slides, key rings and belts. Len uses vegetable-tanned leather, produced by a long-established family business in the English Midlands. He hand-stitches his bags  and other products using a strong, harness maker’s saddle-stitch. Over the years, Len has developed and refined his own methods for dyeing and embellishing his leatherwork.

Surface decoration on his work includes Celtic knot-work and motifs inspired by prehistoric Irish rock carvings, such as spirals. While his work is very much rooted in the traditional, it also has a contemporary appeal. Len is a member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and of the Centre for Environmental Living and Training (CELT). He is now living in the countryside near Lismore, Co. Waterford.

For more information:
(t) 058 72662


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