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Highland Leather Works
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Quechee Vermont Scottish Fest, 2008 (Kevin P. behind the counter!)

QUALITY CELTIC LEATHER WORK FOR THE DISCRIMINATING BAGPIPER AND HIGHLAND DRESS ENTHUSIAST, SPECIALIZING IN THE FINEST FUR AND LEATHER SPORRANS.....

Happy Kilt Party' ers! (chain mail by RJ Robinson)
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Kevin Behan, and your's truly , with Badger Sporran!

Nice, Nice Badger....be Nice!!
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Badger Sporran with Claws

And all sorts of accessories including belts, Kilt belts, chain straps, sporran straps, key rings, whistle bags, chanter bags, sheaths, holsters, baldrics,  coasters, all with or without celtic motiff.....

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Repairs, And Custom Leatherwork done to order......

A Happy Laddie!
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Walking his Coyote Sporran! (that's my daughter behind the counter!)

Various Whistle Bags for various Keyed Whistles
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Black Suede, Green Suede, Green top grain

Six Fold Traditional Concertina Bellows
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I didn't know I could do that!

My Mom, at home in Vt. priot to Quechee Fest
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Each Year I took over her garage for a week to work!

Our Table in Quechee Vermont at the Scots Fest
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Some Sporrans and things......

Highland Leather Works was founded in 1996 after my good friend Captain Paul Anderson(who knew I made things, and that I did taxidermy on the side) asked me to make him a beaver sporran....I had made fur hats for years, (my brother Bill always seemed to come up with customers for me for that kind of stuff! ) so Leather Work and Fabricating things from fur skins seemed a natural transition from sheet metal pattern making, welding, and layout, which was my stock in trade when not playing music.  With my backround in taxidermy(since I was 11 years old), I am one of, if not the only, sporran maker doing his own taxidermy on the animal mask sporrans...and our heads are properly mounted, not just stuffed with cotton, like many out there. 
 
Highland Leather Works consists of myself, my son Ronan, my Daughter Gabrielle, and part time and when available, Jared Stone and Kevin Prokop...My dancing daughter Megan has also helped out from time to time.  We have attended many, many Scottish Festivals and Irish Feis's in the east over the years, first as attendee's, then as vendors.  The ones we have attended as vendors are:  Quechee Vermont Scottish Festival, Garden State Scottish Festival, Fredricksburg Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Scotland Ct. Highland Festival, Rhode Island Scottish Festival, Rockland County Feis(NY), Winters Heritage House Scot's-Irish Festival, Elizabethtown, Pa..  We have also attended local fairs and craft shows, and smaller festivals. 
 
For many years, especially in the beginning, we did a lot of wholesale work for many well known Scottish and Irish import shops and kilts makers and dealers...I have made and sold sporrans all over the USA, and  in Scotland,Ireland, Canada, England, Australia, and Europe....
 
Unlike many sellers of sporrans, Highland Leather Works, when at a Festival, has the shop open, the doctor is in!  We do repairs and custom work all day long at festivals, and we rarely, if ever, are just seated selling things, like most vendors who buy and re-sell.  We make what we sell, and make some of it that day on the festival grounds!  It is great fun, and is part of the days entertainment!  Sometimes we even play music in the booth!

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