Episode 4

Leather Wallets, Guitars and Shoes


Grady DouglassGrady Douglass, Leather worker (website)

Grady Douglass Custom Leather, Rock Springs, TX

Ranching, rodeo and the cowboy way are at the core of Grady Douglass’ life and art. Each of his unique leather crafts reflects his dedication to hard work, and creating a high-end carved and tooled piece that’s both stylish and functional.

Douglass graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Business in 2012, his fine leatherwork paying for his tuition, then, returned to his small town of Rocksprings, Texas to open his shop.

When not at the bench working leather, you may find him ranching, riding horses, playing guitar, writing western/cowboy poetry, and enjoying the simple joys of small-town life.

Read Grady’s “Meet the Artisan” Blog


Wayne HendersonWayne Henderson, Luthier (website)

Wayne Henderson Guitars, Rugby, VA

Wayne Henderson knows his way around a guitar, not only as a master luthier, but also, as a renowned performer. He’s graced the stage of Carnegie Hall and stages across America and Asia.

He’s received the 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, among other prestigious honors.

He produces about 20 instruments a year, most of which are guitars. Currently, there is a seven-year waiting list for one of Henderson’s guitars, known for their beauty, as well as, their volume, rich tone and resonance.


Annie MohauptAnnie Mohaupt, Shoes (website)

Mohop Shoes, Chicago, IL

In 2005, Annie Mohaupt walked away from a successful career as an architect to pursue her passion for building something very different—shoes!

Her socially-conscious, Chicago-based company, Mohop, specializes in customizable shoes, made from scratch, and produced from sustainable raw materials, combining cutting-edge 2D and 3D digital fabrication technologies with traditional shoemaking techniques.

Read Annie’s “Meet the Artisan” Blog