Cochran demonstrates craft

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt

Dan Cochran of Logos Leather Craft visited the historic Harkin General Store Sunday to demonstrate his leatherwork trade, in a Father’s Day tradition.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Dan Cochran of Logos Leather Craft visited the historic Harkin General Store Sunday to demonstrate his leatherwork trade, in a Father’s Day tradition.

NEW ULM — Sunday was Father’s Day, and Dan Cochran of Logos Leather Craft visited the historic Harkin General Store to demonstrate his leatherwork trade.

Cochran’s visits to the Harkin Store are a Father’s Day tradition. His work is extremely popular with dads of all ages.

One of the most popular items is the saddle seat. Cochran was in the process of finishing a new saddle seat. He spent the afternoon sitting on the Harkin Store front porch putting on the final touches and answering questions from guests.

The average saddle seat takes about five-and-a-half hours to sew and another two-and-a-half hours to do other detail. On each saddle seat Cochran carves in an image to give a unique look. Most of the seats feature western iconography, such as horses and cowboys.

Cochran has been working with leather for two decades. He said he likes the material for its versatility.

“You take almost anything and cover it with leather,” he said. “It has a lot heating and cooling potential.”

It’s also a long-lasting material. He’s met men who still use a leather wallet they made in shop class decades ago.

Cochran said he is sad leather working is rarely taught in schools these days. He is hoping the craft will come back into popularity. In the near future he might teach leather working in Redwood Falls adult education classes.

Each Sunday the Harkin Store hosts a new themed event. Father’s Day weekend is traditionally a busy weekend for the store.

Site Manager Ruth Grewe Sunday morning saw a steady stream of guests. Many were families taking dad on a road trip for his holiday. By 2:30 p.m. the store had over 60 visitors.

Next week the Harkin Store will treat visitors to the music of Carver Creek Bluegrass, 1-4 p.m.

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