Leather Artist Anne Ross creates leather items that are both functional and works of art using time honored traditional methods, tools and genuine, quality leather. Each custom designed, one-of-a-kind piece is carved, tooled, plaited or braided according to your specifications. Attention to detail and excellent craftsmanship such as hand sewing, lacing, buckstitching or braiding enhance the appearance and durability of each leather creation. Contact Anne today and let her design something for you. Nothing compares to the look and feel of real leather. Take a tour of the custom leather works in the gallery by clicking on any image below
If interested in something particular seen on this website please inquire by using the email address , form or telephone number found on the contact and customer service pages. Occasionally, one-of-a-kind items are available for purchase. Most work is done on a custom order basis. Feel free to contact Ross Custom Leather concerning your important project.
Ross Custom Leather specializes in plaited/braided kangaroo leather tack, accessories, jewelry, and home accent pieces. Anne is a member of the Artisans Center of Virginia as a Juried Virginia Artisan with “professional” distinction, indicating a high quality of craftsmanship to be recognized for its competency in skill, fine use of materials and efforts in developing a focused career path as an artist entrepreneur. Chuck Pinnell, ACV special juror of distinction, wrote the following: “I have been in the leather trade for 38 years and have seldom seen such well-made goods. Anne is a master in every sense of the word”. May 3, 2012. As part of the International Federation of Leather Guilds’, Inc. Conference and Trade Show held in Albuquerque, NM, October 2011, Anne taught a plaiting class and enjoys helping others advance their leatherworking skills. Helping others obtain the knowledge required to become accomplished leatherworkers is essential for the preservation and advancement of this beautiful and useful art form.
“Artisans & Agroecology: The Cultural Connection between Craft & Rural Life”, Mary Baldwin College, Hunt Gallery, September 3-28, 2012. Joseph F. Sheridan, curator. Anne’s exhibit pieces included 20/24 plait kangaroo leather romal reins, 24 plait kangaroo leather 5/8” bosal, and 16/20 plait kangaroo leather romal reins.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame, June-September 2011
Photographs and text of Anne’s work were included in May 2011 and August 2011 issues of Shop Talk!, a leather retailers’ and manufacturers’ journal. The February 2013 issue of Shop Talk! featured Anne's braiding as cover photograph.
Anne’s plait work placed first in the International Federation of Leather Guilds’, Inc., advanced division, large complex items category, horse gear class competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Also, in 2010 Anne’s work was awarded first place in advanced division, best of categories; advanced division, best of show; and excellence in leather from the host guild during IFoLG competition. In 2012 Anne's work was awarded Best of Show during IFoLG competition.
Western Design Conference 2013 held in Jackson, Wyoming awarded a set of Anne's 20/24 plait romal reins Best of Show honors.
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