Leather has a very rich history because it was one of the earliest discoveries of mankind. It has been used for a variety of reasons, from protecting ancient people from the harsh conditions of the world to making bands for watches. It is used in basketballs, shoes, and just about a million other things.
If leather gets into the hands of a skilled leatherworker, it can transform into almost anything you can dream of. It is difficult to imagine a world without leather. This is why we reserve August 15th to celebrate leather and the people that craft it!
A History Of National Leathercraft Day
Leather can be traced back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, who used it for things like sandals, bottles, and military equipment. The Ancient Greeks created tanning formulas, so they could have the functionality of leather while changing the overall aesthetic.
By the time the 18th century arrived, industrialization was in vogue, and leathercrafters began using the material to help drive large machines. Eventually, leather was also used in automobiles, both under the hood and within the interior. These innovations called for leather of different weights, thicknesses, colors, and more.
Nowadays, leather is used in more industries than you might think. Modern technology has allowed us to develop sophisticated methods to customize and optimize leather to its fullest potential. This is why Tandy Leather created the holiday to commemorate the leathercrafters of the world who provide the foundations of our everyday objects.
- Eliza Dushku
How To Celebrate National Leathercraft Day
The best way to celebrate National Leathercraft Day is by attending a leathercrafting class. You might be lucky enough to find one in your area; they are tons of fun and provide you and whoever you decide to take with you a new way to create a cherished piece of art.
If you can’t attend a class, just take the day to appreciate all of the leatherwork that is around you. From the clothing in your closet to the seats in your car, your life is literally full of leather!
Appreciate The Leather Around You
National Leathercraft Day is a great day to thank a leathercrafter in your life for his or her contribution to leather innovation. Leathercrafters have been outfitting people with armor and crafting purses for maidens for centuries, and the man (or woman) behind the craft often goes unseen.
On This Day, National Leathercraft Day, As Well As….
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
This is the day for pie lovers and citrus lovers alike! For those who haven’t had the chance to taste the deliciousness that is Lemon Meringue Pie, it is a shortbread crust pie with decadent lemon curd filling and a cloud-like meringue topping. Meringue first arrived in the early 1600s and has been perfected ever since. Take this day to go visit your local pie shop and have a slice. If you’re feeling crafty, stay at home and make your own with this awesome recipe!
National Relaxation Day
National Relaxation Day was founded in 1985 by a man named Sean Moeller. At the time, he was only in fourth grade! The best way to celebrate National Relaxation Day, according to Moeller, is by just chilling out. Don’t stress about all of the things that seem like they are constantly compounding in your life. Don’t worry about cleaning your house, finishing up that work project, or stressing about the future. Kick back with your favorite drink, go to a movie, go shopping or eating with friends, or do whatever it is that puts you in your zen place!