Craftsmanship Across the Board
Molly Grant began leather working in her early 20’s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she learned the basic skills of traditional leather working. Molly began to make custom hand sewn briefcases, recreating authentic bomber jackets and designing knapsacks, handbags, clutches and other small leather items as well as leather clothing and designing theater costumes for local theater productions. She became a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsman in 1989 for handbags and 2008 for shoemaking. Molly learned shoemaking from a Master Cordwainer in the early 1990’s and has continued to focus on crafting shoes and leather bags. Since the 1990’s Molly has been showing handbags and footwear at fine juried craft shows around the country. Now retired from craft shows her focused energies are on teaching footwear and handbag classes. Molly published her first shoemaking book on Pathfinders in 2018 and is busy at work on a second instructional book on Squire Boots.