LEATHERWORK may be a dying art, but for Peter Grabyn it symbolises a love affair he's had with the craft for almost 40 years.

It all started in Townsville 39 years ago when Mr Grabyn noticed a lady engaging in the age-old art, and was fascinated.

 

Various leather items for sale.
Various leather items for sale. Crystal Jones

"I didn't have anything to do so I was wandering through Townsville and there's an old lady doing it and I thought 'that's interesting'," Mr Grabyn said.

She taught him the technique and Mr Grabyn has been creating leather pieces ever since.

 

Stubby holders of all sizes.
Stubby holders of all sizes. Crystal Jones

"I bought some tools, I started doing it," he said.

Mr Grabyn has lived in Bundaberg with his wife Mala for about 15 years after his adventures around the country.

 

Dog collars and handbags.
Dog collars and handbags. Crystal Jones

He now enjoys creating wallets, dog collars, handbags and many more items.

"I do anything," he said.

 

Cheetah print and crocodile leather wallets.
Cheetah print and crocodile leather wallets. Crystal Jones

Mr Grabyn said he was even inspired by current events, taking a news image of recent flood events and engraving a leather stubby holder with the scene - complete with a floating critter.

"I was watching the TV and I see the house floating in the river in the last flood in New South Wales so very quickly while it was still fresh in my mind, I made a drawing of it, not quite every detail but most of it and I thought it would be good on a stubby holder, so I did (it)," he said.

 

A tablet holder with a deer.
A tablet holder with a deer. Crystal Jones

The creative crafter carves and bevels his works, some of them getting a paint job and others being accented with glitter.

Among some of the items Mr Grabyn has created, is a wallet made from the belly skin of a crocodile.

 

A tablet holder that tells a story, Peter Grabyn says on one side it shows a fisherman, and on the other side, a shark going after the fish.
A tablet holder that tells a story, Peter Grabyn says on one side it shows a fisherman, and on the other side, a shark going after the fish. Crystal Jones

Croc leather is deceptively soft, he says.

Humour plays a part in Mr Grabyn's creations, with one electronic tablet case featuring a fisherman on one side, and the image of a shark taking his catch on the other.

 

A tablet holder that tells a story, Peter Grabyn says on one side it shows a fisherman, and on the other side, a shark going after the fish.
A tablet holder that tells a story, Peter Grabyn says on one side it shows a fisherman, and on the other side, a shark going after the fish. Crystal Jones

Mr Grabyn said he started out by making stubby holders only, but started to branch out after a few years.

"Now I make wallets with hair on them, to keep your money warm," he joked.

 

A stubby cooler depicting the 2017 floods in New South Wales.
A stubby cooler depicting the 2017 floods in New South Wales. Crystal Jones

Mr Grabyn said he sometimes sells his wares at markets and from his home, but anyone wanting to snap up a piece could call him on 0401 755 194.

LEATHER GOODS: Mala and Peter Grabyn.
LEATHER GOODS: Mala and Peter Grabyn. Crystal Jones


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