The story began in upstate New York over 20 years ago where C.L. Whiting
developed a love for nature, and a passion for detail. While working part time
at a small leather shop and studying art at a New York university the
opportunity arose for C.L. to become an apprentice under an Italian
engraver who was retiring and desired to pass along his technique for making
fine detailed tools to someone who would appreciated it.
After years of study and countless hours of time, C.L. began to create
a one of kind, unique process that no one in the world could imagine possible.
By combining the artistic art forms learned in school, along with those
specialized engraving skills gained through this apprenticeship, C.L.
discovered the ability to produce tools in the shape of leaves with uncanny
microscopic detail. C.L. withdrew from the university and began
spending years developing over 5,000 tools in different leaf patterns using
nature as the model. Only then did C.L. realize the uniqueness of this
new art form, and only then did the products you now see begin to be produced.
Just like a fine wine, only with the utmost quality and personal attention,
will the products designed and produced by C.L. Whiting be sent to you.
Like an artist painting a picture, an entire hide is tooled creating an
original, one-of-a-kind work of art. With a great respect for nature and
acquired knowledge of leather work, C.L. Whiting has personally trained
several skilled craftspeople to help with the cutting, sewing, and finishing
touches. This enables C.L. to create more of the beautiful hand tooled
hides which are then made into finely detailed, meticulously finished leather
goods. These original works of art are sought by fine gift stores, collectors,
and notable art galleries across the country.
The C.L. Whiting Collection are original one-of-a-kind pieces of art. They
last and last and last...
These beautiful works of art, no two alike, come in a wide variety of styles