Building a business on a lifelong interest

I am a full-time leathersmith located in Knoxville, Tennessee. I specialize in handcrafted heirloom-quality leather goods using premium leather and materials.

I have always enjoyed the look, feel, smell, and craftsmanship of quality leather items. In high school, my girlfriend bought me a beginner's leathercraft kit and that started me on the path to where I am today. In fact, I still use some of the tools from that kit I received in the early 1990s. Over time my work improved and in 1997 I started selling items online as a way to make some extra spending money. Since that time, I have made hundreds of items for people all over world.

After several years as a professor in higher-education, I decided it was time for a change. I just wasn’t happy working for other people and knew I wasn’t living my passion. In 2019 I decided to make leathercraft my full-time vocation.

My goal has always been to provide customers with heirloom-quality leather goods using premium materials and traditional hand craftsmanship. When you purchase from Keeton Custom Leather, you will receive an item that I have put my own time and effort into making specifically for you. I currently work out of my home workshop with the assistance of my Australian Shepherd named Sunny. I do all of the work myself, except for the occasional item when one of my young boys wants to help dye a piece or punch a hole. I want your purchase to be one that gives you pleasure to use and pride to own for years to come.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I frequently add photos of recent projects.

I look forward to creating a special piece just for you. Thanks for considering my work!

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