Today’s post is a collection of two videos. The first is an inspirational video from Jan den Hartogh of Duke & Sons Leather. Jan used to spend all day sitting behind a computer and started to feel like something important was missing from his life. As a result, he decided to take up leatherworking and has never looked back.
The second video, from Will Leather Goods, is an equally inspiring take on the nature of inspiration and the unique ways that we can find ideas for leatherworking projects.
What I love about stories like these is how people sometimes take the more seemingly difficult path. Jan for example was the son of a banker and could have easily followed his father into this profession. Instead he chose the less predictable option and, judging by happy look on his face as he rides that motorcycle, he is happy with where things led him.
If you don’t like what you do, it makes giving up much more easy. Following your desire won’t make you a great designer. But it can help you to overcome the inevitable challenges that come up as a leather goods maker.