About the Artist

Erik Kask

I started doing leather work as a Boy Scout and it has grown into a life long craft. In 2000 I had the unique experience to meet and spend a single day with Master leather worker Harold "Mac" McMillian. I honed my skills for 3 years while working under the supervision of his wife Trish McMillian at Thistle Leather. In 2003 I began doing leather work full time. Later that year I developed a mentoring relationship with master leather worker Ed Brophy of Shamrock Leather who not only continued to help me develop my skills but also taught me how to run a profitable leather business. I am best known for my work at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. ( https://www.renaissancefest.com/general/featured-artisan-elandah-leather/ ) 10 years ago, I branched out into building custom motorcycle saddlebags and seats. I displayed and sold my work in cooperation with the city of Sturgis Community Center during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the years 2012 - 14. I am currently studying the art of leather armor making and Celtic knot design under master leather worker Alex Agricola of Black Raven Armoury of England. ( https://www.patreon.com/elandahleather )