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Digital Products Manager

Phone: (817) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: g***@***.com
Local Address:  Fort Worth , Texas , United States
Tandy Leather Factory , Inc.
3847 East Loop 820 South
Ft Worth , Texas 76119
United States

Company Description: Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. is a retailer and wholesale distributor of a line of leather and related products, including leather, leatherworking tools, buckles and...   more

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Al Stohlman Award, 2 Dec 2015 [cached]
1991 - George Hurst - During George Hurst's 50 years in the leathercraft industry, he has written countless magazine articles, several books, programs for education both primary and secondary, given demonstrations, taught classes, and formerly served as an executive for Tandy Leather Company. A pioneer in producing instructional video programs on leathercraft, Hurst is still actively producing online instructional videos for Tandy Leather and remains active in the Lone Star Leathercrafters Guild.
George Hurst - 1991 Al Stohlman Award Winner [cached]
George Hurst - 1991 Al Stohlman Award Winner administrator
George E. Hurst - 1991 - Recipient of the Al Stohlman Award For Achievement in Leathercraft
1991 - George Hurst What a genuine delight it was for Dottie and me to represent Al and Ann Stohlman in awarding the medallion to George Hurst!
Mr. Hurst's nomination was selected collectively by a panel of five judges from across the country - each one independent of the other and for the most part, unaware of who the other judges were.
The announcement of the honorarium was received marvelously as 250 plus people in the banquet hall literally erupted into a standing ovation. Along with this was a special presentation to this year's honoree - a beautiful handmade leathercrafter's tool box of exotic wood from Timber Products of California, a very special treasure shown here on the table just behind Mr. Hurst.
So many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people recognize George as an accomplished carver and a man of outstanding ability, encouraging others with that positive attitude that helps us all to stick to it and do more. Anyone acquainted, even briefly, with George will soon be aware that leathercraft dominates his life not only in business, but it also dominates the hobbyist and artist in him as well. He has made video tapes on his own time and with his own investment to help advance leathercraft through his own guild and the Federation. His deep sense of commitment to the leathercraft guild organization prompted him on the night of the award to present his $ 1,000 cash honorarium to "The International Federation of Leather Guilds."
George is what many leathercraftsmen refer to as a complete craftsman; he is able to turn out not only pictures, but he has learned the techniques of construction and fabrication of components that are known and practiced by very few craftsmen and not available in textbooks. George enjoys himself most when he has the chance to teach these procedures to others. Follow, if you will, the highlights of some of George's career in leathercraft.
George first got started in leathercraft in New Berlin, Penn. in 1945 as a member of the local Boy Scouts. He continued to be active in Boy Scouts and improved his leatherworking skills in high school until his graduation in 1951. While serving in the US Army from 1952-55, George continued his leathercraft, constructing many items. In 1955, he married his wife of 35 years, the former Emma Jane Kline. They have one son, Keven.
George was soon doing leatherwork in a very serious fashion, even selling his work to friends and family. Soon after his work was in demand throughout the region. Belts and wallets gave way to much larger projects which eventually included saddles, one of his is on our cover. During these years, George started teaching leathercraft to friends, neighbors, at a retirement center and the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Penn.
From 1955 to 1961, George had a very lucrative career in the furniture manufacturing business while operating his leather business as a part time avocation. The leather business continued to grow, and he decided that he would be in the leathercraft business for life. Tandy Leather Company had been pursuing him for some time, and George decided a change was needed. H is burning desire was to pass his knowledge on to others, and that is how he wanted to spend the rest of his life - advancing leathercraft.
George started with Tandy Leather Company in June of 1961. On his first day of employment, he did a demonstration at a summer camp for children and a workshop for a church group that evening.
It would take volumes to list all of his accomplishments over these 46 years of leathercraft activity. Here are just a few: Articles for Leathercraft magazines spread over a span of 30 years; various books, including Basic Leathercarving, two stamping books, two books on beginning saddle making, two books on cutting leather and more; many video tapes for both Tandy Leather and as a volunteer for The Lone Star Leathercrafters; a National Boy Scout Jamboree program and video that resulted in the awarding of 1,464 Leatherwork Merit Badges being awarded in a 10-day period.
With the help of professional educators, George has developed and implemented a number of leathercraft programs for schools.
George says, "There is so much yet to be done. You can rest assured that he is busy every waking hour dreaming up new projects, new ideas, new ways of doing things and new way of promoting leather craft. His current work is the development of curriculum material for teaching leather art in our educational system. As he says, "This may be my most important project ever. It is his dream to have this program of instruction adopted by every school in North America and even the world. It could be a very Important step in leather being accepted by the art community of the world for what it is: the most versatile art medium available on this earth. Stay tuned, George is just getting started.
Spring 1998, 1 April 2002 [cached]
Hurst, Machamer, & Sturgen named 2001 Distinguished Alums
George Hurst '51 took a keen interest in working with leather throughout his school days which has led to a career he still loves today. Soon after graduating from high school, George served in the US Army as a staff sergeant in the Korean War. Upon his return he took a job in Philadelphia as an assistant manager of a Tandy Leather Store and taught leather craft classes at night. After holding a manager position at several east coast Tandy Leather stores, George progressed through the ranks of area, district and regional manager, all the while continuing to teach classes and to be very active in numerous Leathercrafting Guilds.
In 1981 George began to work for The Leather Factory where he designed and engineered all of their leather craft kits. In 1984 he returned to Tandy Leather as a regional manager in the Southeast Division and in 1985 he was promoted to be the national marketing and merchandising manager. Upon his retirement in 1996 he opened his own store, Hide Crafter Leathercrafter in his new hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
For many years George has very willingly done workshops for the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, churches, YMCA, and other youth groups. He not only sells supplies and does workshops for leather crafters, he writes articles, textbooks, and produces instructional videos. In 1991 he received the prestigious Al Stohlman Award for Achievement in Leathercraft.
2011 Catalog 185 Cover by George ..., 19 Feb 2011 [cached]
2011 Catalog 185 Cover by George Hurst Tandy Leather Factory -
George Hurst
2011 Catalog 185 Cover by George Hurst 2011 Catalog 185 Cover by George Hurst
Download the 2011 Tandy Leather Catalog Cover Pattern by George Hurst here.
The carving for the front cover of our catalog was designed and created by George Hurst. George has spent much of his life dedicated to the promotion of leathercraft. As an author, video producer and instructor, George has introduced thousands of people to the craft. Among his many achievements was his reception of the Al Stohlman Award for Excellence in Leathercraft, which he received in 1991. George is employed full-time at Tandy Leather Factory where he continues to share his infectious passion for working with leather.
2011 Catalog 185 Cover by George Hurst Shipping Information |
Basic Carving Leather Craft Video with ..., 12 Feb 2010 [cached]
Basic Carving Leather Craft Video with George Hurst - 10:12 min. Tandy Leather Factory - Basic Carving Leather Craft Video
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