Craig's Leather Crafts

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Craig Kendall was born near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, grew up outside of Perth in Western Australia, did an apprenticeship in horticulture after high school, and spent 18 years as a professional rodeo cowboy and horsebreaker, doing numerous odd jobs (including welding, carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying, automotive maintenance, and caring for livestock) while he competed in rodeos all around Australia, as well as Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and travelled to Macau, China, to care for racehorses. In his rodeo career, he won Rookie Bullrider of the West-Coast Rodeo Circuit and Open Bullriding Champion, Southern Cross Rodeo Circuit. He also broke in the legendary Australian racehorse, Lonhro.

While on the rodeo circuit, Craig learned leatherworking from his fellow cowboys and, the son of professional artist and picture framer, George Kendall,continues to enjoy making leather crafts to this day.

In 2013, Craig relocated to the United States and is now based in Rochester, New York, where he accepts custom orders for items such as belts, wallets, carved wallhangings, and guitar straps, among other things. See the gallery of samples and contact Craig to discuss your custom leatherwork needs.

Craig bullriding on the rodeo circuit



Australian Pygmy Possum wood carving painted with artist's oil paint on New Zealand Kauri pine and varnished for protection, by Craig's father, George Kendall, copyright © 2013