"Thank you for the fine shot snake, I feel that your work is of fine quality and is just what I wanted. Again I thank you!"

Michael Hartzler

"I am writing to both thank you and congratulate you on yet another superb job!!! I could not be happier with the final appearance of my dress sword belt. It is an exact duplicate of one from the period and will perfectly match my full dress uniformŠ"

David L. Velleux

"Please accept my hearty thanks for the wonderful job you did creating a beautiful black leather haversack for my husband, Lacy. I cannot tell you how delighted he is with your workmanship and attention to the details he requiredŠYou exceeded our expectations in every way!"

Katherine Shawver

From the Northwest Territory News Letter, February, Vol. II Issue 7, 1995

As time and space allow this column will introduce you to some of the skirmishers who not only shoot, but also find time to provide the rest of us with quality items needed for skirmishing. Our first sutler can be found in the winter months at most antique gun shows, repairing or making new leather articles. Meet Joe Toth, of the 24th Michigan, Joe is the owner of Joe's Leather Works. Joe's interest in leather goods started after he bought his first revolver, in 1973. There was no holster for it and his budget was slim, so Joe decided he'd make a holster. Encouraged by his employer at the time, an architect named "Wild Bill" Cory, Joe used a paper pattern, fishing line, a piece of leather from Bill, and shoe dye to make his holster. If you ever see him work you will notice his equipment and skills certainly have progressed. Joe continued his formal training in leather craft at Greenfield Village in 1976, with master craftsman, Mr. Philip Hawk. Mr. Hawk set up and operated both the shoe shop and the harness maker's shops at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. As Joe's mentor, Mr. Hawk provides Joe with inspiration as well as help when Joe finds his experience challenged. Joe has taken classes in slipper making, shoe making, Rawle patent 1777 cartridge pouch, belt and harness repair as well as saddle and scabbard repair, leather tooling, knife sheath making, and varied array of stitching techniques. Joe's Leather Works turned from a hobby into a business when supplies could only be purchased for a business with a tax I.D. Joe strives for accuracy and quality at a reasonable price. If you need a repair or a reproduction give him a call. He's always anxious to add to his list of creations. Joe wishes to thank all of his patrons and looks forward to serving more in the future.

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