Our Story & Mission
We’re Matthew & Gerrit, passionate leather enthusiasts and owners of Leatherskill. Our mission is to share our skills and teach anyone who is interested in learning how to create leather products.
Leatherskill is a knowledge base with informative articles that teach you more about leather, including crafting, caring for, and cleaning.
about the creators
Get to Know us
We love everything about leather! Get to know more about the creators of leatherskill.
Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief & Writer at leatherskill
Hey, I’m Matthew…
Matthew is a leather enthusiast turned artisan. His passion for leather started as a hobby, collecting various leather items from different cultures, places, and crafters. But as his collection grew, so did his desire to create his own leather goods.
He taught himself the art of leather crafting through workshops and courses. Throughout the years, Matthew expanded his network in the community and joined a local leatherworking group where he met Gerrit. Soon after, they founded leatherskill, a knowledge base intended to cover all types of topics related to leather.
Today, Matthew spends most of his time creating in-depth guides on crafting, cleaning, and caring for all kinds of leather articles. He is also the editor-in-chief of leatherskill and oversees the editorial process.
…and I’m Gerrit!
Gerrit developed a passion for leather at a young age, after receiving a leather wallet from his uncle. He decided to pursue this interest by attending workshops to learn more about the craft. After years of study and practice, he began teaching others how to create and care for all types of leather articles.
In 2016, he started his own leatherworking group where fellow enthusiasts network and share knowledge. Several years later, he met Matthew in this group, who shared similar interests with him and they both founded leatherskill, with the goal of teaching others how to craft, clean, and care for their favorite leather products.
He believes that learning to work with leather can be a therapeutic and fulfilling experience, and hopes that by sharing his knowledge and skills, he can help others find the same joy and satisfaction that he has found in leatherworking.
Co-Founder, Researcher & Writer at leatherskill
how we Create our content
The content on our website is written by our team, which consists of leather crafters, writers, and editors.