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August 2020

Robb Barr, Other Hide Crafter Videos Rereleased Digitally

 In the late 90s, George Hurst owned and operated Hide Crafter Leather, where he sold leather, tools, and instructional videos. The videos that he produced in this collection featured outstanding leather artists, several of whom have been recognized as Al Stohlman Award winners, sharing insights and techniques in creating masterwork pieces of leather art.

When Hurst was recruited to work back at Tandy Leather again, he sold the assets of Hide Crafters Leather Co. to a group including Silver Creek Leather Co., manufacturer of Realeather® Crafts and the Speedy Stitcher. Some of the videos remained in production for sale as DVDs, but others became collector's items and were not widely available to the leatherworking community due to the cost and limitations of production and distribution.

Greg Sartor and Jim Linnell have a shared passion for promoting leathercraft and preserving it’s history, so Silver Creek Leather Co. has collaborated with Elktracks Studio on these videos to bring them back into circulation.

“This is a big win for the industry,” said Jim Linnell. “Silver Creek for years has helped countless Boy Scouts, crafters, and artisans discover leather and build their foundation of skills. The release of this collection digitally as a joint effort with Elktracks takes that a step further in supporting leatherworkers at all levels to continue to learn, explore, and push the boundaries of what can be done with leather.”

The collection is in the process of being converted to a digital format and made available for purchase as a downloadable video on, and can be found under the “Instructional Videos” tab as the “Hide Crafter Collection”. Check back frequently for new additions or subscribe to the Realeather newsletter or Elktracks Studio newsletter for regular updates.


New Leathers in Retail Craft Stores

July 2020

We're always releasing new leather prints, colors and sizes. Our latest group of releases can currently be found in a retail craft store near you! Check out your local Hobby Lobby, Joann and Michaels stores for the newest additions.



Coronavirus Updates 

April 6th 2020

The Coronavirus has disrupted our normal personal and business routines more than any of us could have imagined. Some of our employees have been working from home when possible, you may have already communicated with them by email, phone or web conferencing.

On March 24th, Governor Holcomb delivered a statewide address to order that Indiana residents remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. We plan to follow the directives of the State and local authorities, and hope to be able to re-open as soon are we are allowed.

Silver Creek Leather does not fall into the category of an exempt essential business, so these restrictions apply to us. We will hold your orders here until we re-open or when you are ready to receive them. Several of our office staff will continue to work from home, and we will continue to communicate with our customers and vendors. You may still place orders, but be aware that our lead times will be extended by at least five weeks.

For our Dealers and Distributors, if you have concerns regarding your order please call your sales representative immediately. They are standing by to help with your needs during this time.

For those looking to buy our products, a number of our dealers and distributors have online stores that you can purchase Realeather products from. Many retail stores may be closed to the public remain open for business using delivery and curbside pickup services. The list of retailers below are some of those we know to be open and able to ship products to you.

This is how we see the state of business today. As you know, it is all likely to change at any moment. Thank you for your understanding, stay safe, and please stay in touch.

Greg Sartor



Flowing and Growing... 

November 11th, 2019

We recently had the pleasure of being featured in the November issue of the ShopTalk! Magazine. Shop Talk! is an industry publication that focuses on providing content specific to leather retailers and manufacturers. Working with the author and sharing the history of Silver Creek Leather gave us a chance to reflect and appreciate all who have helped us get to where we are today. Here’s a big thank you to those who have participated in our journey over the last 17 years!


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Realeather Punches selected in top 10 Best Hole Punches for Leather

June 10th 2019

In the recently released Top 10 Best Hole Punches for Leather review, Realeather's Multi-sized Jewelry Punch and the Professional Hole punch hold spots #3 and #6. After conducting research on hole punch options for leather that are available to consumers in the United States, Ezvid Wiki has selected the best punches for consumer use in 2019. 

Holding spot #6 is the Realeather Multi-sized Jewelry Punch. According to reviewers, the punch is ideal for projects using thinner material and offers great versatility with it's range of six hole sizes, 0.8 mm - 2 mm. Ideal for stitching holes, watches, jewelry and other delicate applications. 

The #3 spot is held by the Realeather Professional Punch. "Designed for difficult jobs, the Realeather Professional is a steel-forged model that's made to last for years. It can create holes in six commonly-used sizes, ranging from 2 mm to 4.5 mm, and the tubes are numbered to make it easy to find the one you need at a glance," says reviewer Gabrielle Taylor. 

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Press Release: Speedy Stitcher moving to Indiana

August 10, 2018

Silver Creek Leather Co., LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of the business assets of Stewart Manufacturing, Inc., of Poughkeepsie, New York, makers of the popular Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl.

This sale will ensure that the Speedy Stitcher will continue to be made in the USA, as it has been since it was patented in 1909. This tool is an important aid in the leathercraft, outdoor, marine and saddlery markets, and it is so well designed that it has been basically unchanged for over 100 years. The awl, along with high quality needles and thread is an important part of any craftsman’s tool chest for building products and making repairs to all sorts of sewn items.

The Stewart factory will be moved to the premises of Silver Creek Leather Co., at 5035 Keystone Blvd., Jeffersonville, Indiana, and be operational by August 31, 2018. Silver Creek realizes it is important to customers that there be no disruption in service or shipments. Silver Creek has no plans to modify or change the tools or the components, and will be using the same equipment and suppliers that have made the Speedy Stitcher successful for so many years.

Stewart Manufacturing has produced these items in their factory in Poughkeepsie, New York since 2002, being managed by company President Sheila Kelleher. Much of the assembly and packaging work was done there by a sheltered workshop, allowing many disadvantaged individuals to find employment that made them proud contributors to the business and their community. Silver Creek Leather plans to continue using the same type of workforce as much as possible after the move to Southern Indiana.

“Sheila Kelleher has been an important business partner and friend to us at Silver Creek Leather for many years. We wish her and her husband Bob all the best as they are now able to pursue retirement together. We look forward to continuing the production and sale of the Speedy Stitcher and hope to grow its reach throughout the world,” said Greg Sartor, President of Silver Creek Leather.

Please direct all inquiries regarding the Speedy Stitcher to the offices of Silver Creek Leather Co. at 812-945-8520 or email to

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