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Artist with a cowhide canvas

Posted: Friday, Nov 9th, 2012

Photo/ Adam Louis - Leather carver Steve Haden lifts a swivel knife from a prepared piece of leather at the Goshen County Library Activity Center on Monday night. Haden was the speaker for this week’s Family Night.

TORRINGTON – The rhythmic rapping of a hammer in Steve Haden’s work-worn hands was audible as a small but attentive audience watched. He had imprinted a design on a formerly blank piece of leather.

Then, the patter really began to take shape. Haden guided a swivel knife, a sharp blade with a handle resembling a writing instrument, along the lines he set for himself. He set aside the knife and, reaching into a toolbelt crowded with thin, metallic cylinders, selected two small tools and his hammer. Within a few minutes, the design was nearly complete, and a flower appeared on the leather.

For the complete article see the 11-09-2012 issue.

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