This is from an old slide that used to show at the Norwich New London Drive-in Theater during intermission. How did he get here after trade school machine shop training, technical college, 4 years as an electronics tec in the USN, and whatever they teach at the University of Connecticut in the physics dept.?
Well ... long story. The leather man actually made the stuff with only hand tools back then. People actually used to come into the shop and say. "I saw your ad on TV", long after I had discontinued that adv. The dog was Bootcamp, today it's "The Duke", a Coconut Retriever I brought back from the West Indies.
More about the business below... but first, the dogs. Because Bootcamp is in that picture I have to mention some of those who followed in her footprints.
Bad news... Sept. 6th 2004, before sun up, she found something in the woods next to the house that got the best of her... a mind is a sad thing to waste... very very sad but... only one hope for a cure... I miss them all, Flip, Billie, Bootcamp, Bette and Al, Dolly and Joe, Pookah, aka "The Duke"... "The Rainbow bridge" is taped to the side of my monitor... still...
"Hey Jessie it's Christmas! Want a cookie?"
...If you are talking cookies, I'm your Puppy!...
...Digging?? What digging?? I thought we were talking COOKIES!... Hurry TOSS THE COOKIE...my knees are getting weak... and there is the evil eye thing I have going for me if you don't...
This one is smart! She comes to see me when I'm working on the web site and keeps hitting my arm so I can't use the mouse... I pet her ... she does it again... I tell her, "Not now!".
My computer is on the floor under my desk... as she leaves, she puts her head down and pushes the reset button with her nose... I hate it when she does that... but, still too soon... I still miss "The Duke".
2006 up date... I get all my dogs from Humane Society/Pound/whatever... so you never know. Turns out, she is Great Dane and Pit Bull and has put on about 60 Pounds to make her about 100 pounds. She has the mouth of a pet shark when she rolls on her back to be petted... do not get out of your car...without cookies, and I tell you it is safe.
Due to popular demand, here is another picture of Jessie in an unguarded moment. She can sleep like that?
It's 2012 and Jessie is getting old, on medication for Addisons disease.
2007 update... So many people like the dogs that I have to mention that we have another dog, Flossie, from the humane society in Gainesville. We wanted someone to keep Jessie more active. Unlike Jessie she really likes people. Flossie is really fast and can run rings around Jessie, but when in close quarters Jessie rules. Flossie knows that when we go for a ride the passenger seat belongs to Jessie. She won't even sit in it when Jessie isn't there.
She looks a little worried here. I forgot to say smile.
Now, the leather business...
Leather Goods Connection started as "The Hole in the wall Leather Shop" in Norwich CT and then moved to the old tannery office building and became "The Norwich Leather Co."
The manufacturing expanded and became "Ponemah Shoes" in Taftville CT where we made, mens shoes, handbags, vests, hats, jackets and wallets.
The belts and accessories were still made at The Norwich Leather Co. store. I sold those business and went sailing for 15 years. Now as
LeatherGoodsConnection.com I'm still at it, making custom products for individuals here in my
shop in N.E. Georgia.
I read on a forum that "I think it's a couple guys making stuff in their garage"... I do have a few cars ;<) this is where we die cut and split leather for wallets. Jim does most of that.
Some belt leather storage
Part of Wallet and Handbag leather storage
Upstairs is where the wallets and belts are sewn. Now that I'm not making handbags a few of the machines are for sale. I'm going to put that on the menu when I finish this web host transition.
The belt cutting and hand staining area
My office... for when you call... or where I email you from, when you don't answer all the menu prompts.
I've been doing some updating and found this old picture of mission control from 2002. CRT and Dial Up Days.
I'm not sailing anymore so, sold the Yacht and bought cars. Here are A couple in the back warehouse. Yes, it's a 63
... and then there is this one... a land Yacht, with the windows down and the right music on the radio it's a time machine.
I'm missing the bottom trim piece for the end of seat on passenger side, if anybody has it let me know... if you do, you will know what year car it is.
Yeah, you see the stick, it's a 348 with tri power. Only thing that doesn't work is the clock... they never did... should I accept that? Maybe I should try to fix it...I'll put it on the list.
My 31 pickup in the machine shop and die making area.
And the big one... can't be all play and no work... I've used it to build it all here in GA... getting old like me, but we both still get the job done. Got all new tires for it in 2022 I'm retiring soon also.