In a different review, I mentioned I was on my to the Scappoose Farmer’s market. Well, I finally made it there after breakfast and walked the booths. Met several vendors got some business cards, and then I noticed this one vendor. I handed Biscuit’s leash to Tracie and went over to their booth as I had to see what I was looking at.
Dave Bliss of Northwest Expressions who is a local leather smith had his creations on a table and I was drawn to the leather journals. Dave uses North American Bison and Asian Water Buffalo hides to craft his treasures. His table had wallets, journals, baby shoes ( I believe they were Mocassins), purses, and other items. I purchased a Bison skin journal that is absolutely amazing. The quality of the hide is superb, it is so supple, and the aroma of the hide is absolutely relaxing. The journal is hand-stitched, hand punched, and hand riveted. It is absolutely a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. It looks like it belongs on the frontier as settlers were navigating the Oregon Trail. Another feature of the journal is that the paper insert is refillable. Simply remove the flaps from the inside of the journal and insert a new pad (very similar to how you insert a checkbook into a checkbook cover, for those of you who know what checkbooks are).
Due to my arthritis, I can no longer do my own leatherwork, but I’m glad I found a local leather smith who makes these as I’ve wanted to make to my own leather journal, but couldn’t. You are looking very happy person right here! Go visit Dave’s booth at the Scappoose Farmer’s Market, peruse what he has, quality, craftsmanship, and prices can’t be beaten.
**Disclaimer** I do not, have not, will not receive compensation for my reviews, good, bad, indifferent as they may be. This is a hobby of mine that like I to share with others. #thekilted1