Parker County Today August 2016 - Page 63

O N - S I T E LO D G I N G : THE LODGE AND SAFARI CAMP G U I D E D TO U R S : FAMILY, SPECIALTY AND GROUPS C A M P S : DAY, OVERNIGHT AND BADGE CHILDREN’S ANIMAL CENTER, CAFE AND NATURE STORE FOSSILRIM.ORG GLEN ROSE, TX 16FRWC0069ParkerCoTodayMagSableGemTwoThirdspgAugust.indd 1 254.897.2960 6/8/2016 11:41:01 AM AUGUST 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY me this and that. I like to get up and go to the river and fish, if that’s what I want to do that day. Makes me feel good.” But there are the 12-hour-a-day weeks when his mind, hands and heart are committed to his craft, his livelihood. He feels blessed to be able to live life on his own terms, following his Native American sensibilities. Calling himself a “CowboyIndian,” he said he grew up around horses and saddles, the leather-craft of the West. “My dad roped and I rodeoed; we all roped together growing up as a family,” he said. Still became serious about leatherwork in 2007, seven years after graduating Weatherford High School. An interest in silver led him to leather. “I wanted to be a silversmith, but there wasn’t a native-style silversmith around this area,” he said. “But a lot of the leather stamps resembled silver stamps. So I went and bought some leather stamps, which were readily available.” He started tinkering with stamped leather bracelets he sold at Teskey’s and eventually began leather carving. Today he makes ladies’ handbags and clutches, briefcases and dayplanners, and even silver jewelry and furnishings. A couple of things stand out about Still’s work: it’s all handcrafted, including all stitching (no sewing machines) and lacing, and each piece is a one-off. “Everything I do is never duplicated,” he explained. “If somebody wants a bag or wants this or that, it’s always different. That way, each piece is special to that person. I think it’s cool for a lot of people to have my stuff and I love that.” But he never wants someone to see another person carrying the same LeatherChief bag. His one-off policy ensures they won’t. (LeatherChief is his business name or persona and is stamped on every piece of his work.) Still says his approach to tooling leather is somewhat unique. He works without a pattern, something he estimated 98 percent of leather crafters use. “I freehand probably 85-90 61