Craft and Lore is an independent design and build workshop in North Idaho focusing on leather goods that are simple in form and function. Traditional crafting methods are employed to create durable goods that are built to last a lifetime.
C Nathaniel Von Lind
Founder. Design. Maker. Photo.
Admin. Maker. Design. Brewer.
R. Douglas Stephenson
Cut. Sew. Maker.
While the true beginnings started years prior, the brand Craft and Lore was officially founded on January 1st 2014 by Nathaniel Von Lind on his kitchen table. Since then, the brand has seen steady growth, leading to the addition of another maker. Michael Miles joined the team in 2015 and shortly after became the primary maker. Since then, the brand has moved from a small corner of a warehouse, to its first brick and mortar store, and finally to a larger warehouse in North Coeur d’Alene. In 2018, Ryan Stephenson joined the team to help as a maker, in addition to aiding in marketing, social media, and photography. The team at Craft and Lore is excited to see what the future holds as the brand continues to grow.
Our maker's mark is the Swedish carving ax. It is said that a man in the woods with nothing but a knife will live well, but a man with an ax will live like a king. The ax represents one of the oldest tools of our ancestral makers. With it they survived the wild unknown, they created art, and they forged history.
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Founder C. Nathaniel Von Lind first began learning leathercraft when he wanted to create a custom sheath for his old German hunting knife. After purchasing and old set of tools from a gentleman who made belts in the 70’s, Nathaniel created his first piece. Over the next few years, Nathaniel spent his evenings after his day job building new designs and honing his craft. He had spent over ten years in the web and graphic design industry, but had found that it lacked soul for him. He wanted to build something real and tangible, not just pixels on a screen. Leathercraft was the perfect fit for his passions. Eventually, Nathaniel decided he would build a line of products, and a brand to suit.
Nathaniel draws his inspiration from the alpine Rocky mountains and the great outdoors that are just outside his door in the small lake town of Coeur d’Alene. He admires the maker movement, which pushes for an authentic lifestyle that appreciates simplicity and the traditional, time-tested way of creating things.
His influences are things and ideas of old. He looks to the histories of people, their folklore, and the intricacies of their craft. His love is for mountains, rivers and woodlands, for simple unassuming things that are built beautifully and built to last. His spirit is in heirlooms and in heritage; and that old American spirit as extracted from all the corners of Europe. Nathaniel continues to draw from these inspirations, as he attempts to instill their power and traditions into each piece he creates.