Leathercraft Basics

Turtle Island is honored to welcome instructor Rob Keeton of Keeton Custom Leather in Knoxville, Tennessee for this one day workshop. Rob has been doing leathercraft for over 20 years with over 10 years of experience teaching adults in vocational and academic environments. Rob will lead this hands-on workshop, introducing participants to the enchanting world of leathercrafting.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

- Safety considerations

- Leathercraft basics

- Selection and proper use of tools

- How to select leather

- Hand sewing techniques

- How to care for leather goods




Date/Time: October 17, 2020 9am - 4pm

Available Spaces: limited to 12 adults and chaperoned minors age 14 and up

Cost: $100 online or discounted to $90 by postal mail (hot meal included)

Tools and Materials: Provided but participants may bring their own tools if they already have some

Cancellations: non-refundable deposit (1/2 of total) is retained for all cancellations

Road Conditions: 1.5 miles off-road gravel - watch the video(link is external)

Location: 8 miles east of Boone, NC - Base camp at Turtle Island Preserve is just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway - Bamboo Gap Exit



How To Register:

Option 1: Pay $100 online w/ credit card by clicking the yellow "Buy Now" button - then email these forms to: mail@turtleislandpreserve.com 






Option 2: Pay $90 w/ check or money order by postal mail, print and enclose these forms to:

Turtle Island Preserve

Attn. Leather BasicsRogers Cabin - open air wood floor overnight shelter

2683 Little Laurel Road

Boone, NC 28607



After You've Registered:

Please read & familiarize yourself with the following documents PRIOR to your arrival:

What to Bring on day trips

CRITICAL Orientation Info

Driving Directions



Please note, your registration is your official acceptance of this liability waiver: 

ATTENTION ALL VISITORS: Be aware that Turtle Island Preserve is NOT LIABLE for your safety, health or any impairment of it. Enter at your own risk. Your presence represents your acknowledgement that you accept full liability for any damage to you/your children’s person or property. This applies to everyone on the premises or associated with Turtle Island Preserve programs.


WARNING: Under North Carolina law, a farm animal activity sponsor or farm animal professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in farm animal activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of farm animal activities. Chapter 99E of The North Carolina General Statutes.


WARNING: Under North Carolina Law, There Is No Liability For An Injury To Or Death Of A Participant In An Agritourism Activity Conducted At This Agritourism Location If Such Injury Or Death Results From The Inherent Risks Of The Agritourism Activity. Inherent Risks Of Agritourism Activities Include, Among Others, Risks Of Injury Inherent To Land, Equipment, And Animals, As Well As The Potential For You To Act In A Negligent Manner That May Contribute To Your Injury Or Death. You Are Assuming The Risk Of Participating In This Agritourism Activity.