Bruce hand skiving a container top
Bruce Vetter works in his barnwood shop, late into the night, surrounded by piles of leather and wonderful tools... some new... some old. Besides being very inventive himself, he learns from others. Once in the late 60s, he spent 3 days with the much respected Hoffman Brothers of Chicago, listening to their stories about custom making shoes for famous people.
Bruce sees things we don't see. He has the talent to turn his dreams into reality.
When he left, the Brothers gave him several books about leather including this special book "Pacemakers of Progress" which they said would be important to him.

In this way, techniques of old were passed on to the next generation. Bruce says he owes a lot to the Hoffman Brothers.

This page updated Aug 11, 2007