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News and information related to Great Leather leathergoods and it's customers, as well comments and photos related to leather care, repairs, and restorations.

Great Leather Drummer - Sean Deel!

Dena Hamilton - Thursday, November 08, 2012



GL Drumstick Bag - Around the World - Norway

Dena Hamilton - Friday, September 28, 2012
Shipped Mr. G's Great Leather Drumstick Bag, Tom Protector, and IPad case yesterday to Norway. 
What a guy, I really enjoyed talking to him. I'll have to go hear him play someday!



Dena Hamilton - Friday, September 14, 2012
New great pic from Sean Deel.  Great Drummers use Great Leather!!! 


WW II Leather Jackets

Dena Hamilton - Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One of the services I sometimes get to perform is the restoration of original A-2 and G-1 army and navy leather jackets. As I've had the privilege of meeting, by phone, a few of the original men who wore these jackets I've noticed something common to each encounter. I felt extremely humbled!  Even at a well seasoned age, each man's conversation was intelligent and interesting, and their demeanor deliberate and respectful.

I am so honored to do the work that I do, and to these special men I want to say thank you - for everything - and Kudos!


This gentleman asked if I would restore and go over his jacket completely for anything it needed. 

So, we replaced the waistband and cuffs (with the same heavy knit), put in a new #10 zipper, and resewed the buttons. We reinforced and sewed the tops of the pockets and reinforced any thin places in the leather. We spot dyed the genuine mouton collar at the edges where the fur was missing and light colored flesh showed (also applied drops of oil as the skin was very dry there.) Then, we cleaned, moisturized, and water proofed the leather.  (Here the leather looks shinier than it is because of my camera flash. The actual finish is very natural and true to the original finish.)

*These original jackets are irreplaceable to the men who wore them in WW II. 



Green Leather Drum StickBag

Dena Hamilton - Monday, August 20, 2012

FYI - I just got in some very beautiful dark green leather. As it turns out, this is all there is of this color in this aniline top-grain leather. I've made a Great Leather Drumstick Bag out of it, a purse, and a few checkbook covers out of it. They are all super nice! This is a very dark forest green color  - first come, first serve!



Leather Repair

Dena Hamilton - Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thought I'ld share this where it might be more obvious. This little video is buried on my Helpful Info page.

Drum Protector - Boom!

Dena Hamilton - Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rich Redmond just sent this!  (I'm guessing he's at a Jason Aldean rehearsal)

Photo is of his Tom Protector by Great Leather. No scratches on his tom! 

"Check this out! I love it!! Thank you!!  

Rich Redmond
Twitter: @richredmond

We make Tom Protectors in Black, British Tan, Burgundy, Dark Forest Green.


Trumpet Mouthpiece Pouch - new - from Great Leather!

Dena Hamilton - Thursday, June 28, 2012

I just finished developing a new musical accessory here at Great Leather!  Jerry Cerchia is the customer that requested we make this item, and I've enclosed a letter he sent to his trumpeter network, so you could see how this new product come about. 
We appreciate you, our readers and supporters!  Kind Regards, Dena

p.s. thanks for the wonderful letter, Jerry!

I want to introduce the list to Dena Hamilton. Dena owns a company called Great Leather, in Avon , Illinois. I discovered her website when I was shopping for a high quality Leather Drumstick bag that I needed to buy as a gift for a friend. (by the way, if you have any drummer friends who are looking for THE best quality leather bag, have them check out her website.) In a phone call follow up discussion, I asked her if she could make leather trumpet mouthpiece cases, and that I had a case that I had had for many years, not made anymore, and that I would love to have replicated and replaced. I sent her my old case, with an actual mouthpiece in it. She produced a case that far exceeded the quality and design of the old case.

Her craftsmanship is SUPERB!! This is, without a doubt, the finest case on the market. I have seen and tried them all over the years. I have no proprietary interest in her company. I just think that quality like this needs to be shared.

If you want the best case you will ever own, check out this case. It can hold 3-5 mouthpieces depending on how you use it. For a few extra bucks she can have a laser etched leather name label affixed to the case. Check out her website. (The case pictured on the website is actually the one she made for me. They can be handcrafted in Black, Burgundy/Wine, or Saddle Tan leather.)

FYI…She used to be THE repair station for Wilson’s Leather stores for a 4-5 state area.

I am including her website and contact info as well as a direct link to the item on the website.

She is GREAT to deal with!

Jerry Cerchia

Click here to get yours now!


Leather Care Products

Dena Hamilton - Friday, June 01, 2012

The following is probably the best description I've ever read- of why you need to keep your leather conditioned and why you should use a quality leather care product to restore leather. No mink oil, etc.  This contribution is from the people at "Back In Time Leatherworks" click here to read more

"Leather is a skin, with fibers and pores, that requires proper natural lubrication and needs to breathe. Because it no longer has a body to provide proper natural oils, we must provide these oils for it. The key to extending the useful life of your leather is restoring it with proper oils. But not all "natural" oils are proper for leather care. Unfortunately, many products claiming to be conditioners or preservatives are not. They contain harmful chemicals, mink oil, petroleum, pine tar, or alcohol to soften or waterproof leather. They soften by weakening or decomposing the fibers and they waterproof by sealing the pores. They're low priced but definitely not economical when you consider the damage done to fibers, stitching, and glues. Ironically, these "preservatives" actually shorten the useful life of your leather!

True preservatives are natural and may cost a little bit more, but they are your best protection. They last longer and do so much more to preserve and protect that they're actually the most economical way to treat your leather."

At Leather CARE Specialists we use and sell only URAD products. They are award winning products created in Italy and while there are probably other great products on the market, these are the best we have ever found!

Great Leather and Rich Redmond

Dena Hamilton - Friday, May 11, 2012

Last night my husband, Paul Hamilton, and I went to one of Rich Redmond's CRASH Drum Clinics last night at the Civic Center in Peoria, IL. (Rich Redmond is the recording/live drummer for Multi-Platinum Country Recording Artist Jason Aldean and many others.) 

It was an outstanding event  hosted by The Moon Dog Drum House from Galesburg, IL. Rich's presentation was full of great equipment information and technique demonstrations, while being highly entertaining and truly inspirational. I suggest you watch his site for a CRASH clinic near you!  You will love it!

Of course I enjoyed his compliments and endorsement of his Great Leather Drumstick Bag:)


Our good friend and awesome drummer, Nick Fairley, the infamous (and deservedly so) Rich Redmond, and myself, Dena Hamilton.