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The art of crafting with leather is one of the oldest skills in human history. Our ancestors have been working with this ancient material since before the earliest legends, and it has shaped us in a foundational, sacred way. Connect with your primal origins and learn how to carve, tool, shape, and dye with detailed instruction. Let’s craft together around this online campfire, and remember our roots.


The teacher of this course, Marin Cenwein Gardner, is the sole artist and leatherworker of Embercraft Creations and leather masks are her signature skill. Throughout her 10 years of professional experience, she has striven to manifest myths and magic of centuries past into wearable art. Her work is carved with runes and symbols of power designed to help the wearer channel their inner intentions. Throughout this 5 month course, she will teach you how to design, carve, sculpt, and paint your own unique leather masks. Using your new Tool Pack, outfitted with all of the tools you need, you will learn all of the basic leatherworking skills and craft your own masks from the included leather.


Additionally, Araminta Karlsson of Needfire Apothecary will be providing information for students on the mask traditions and practical applications for masking from a Nordic Folk Magic perspective. Mask traditions have a special place in the history of magic in Northern Europe, and exploring their impact leading into the dark months is a special treat! In addition, they will provide examples of significant designs utilized in Trolldom and Nordic Folk Magic.


All levels are welcome to join us in this virtual crafting circle. As well as the included materials for the course, you will also need to purchase the Tool Pack, and have on hand the following items: 

  • Cutting board or countertop (Stone is recommended)

  • Lighter

  • Scissors

  • Bowl of water

  • Soft towel

  • Flathead Screwdriver

Class Descriptions:

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST

Lesson #1: Designing your own pattern, Transferring the tooling lines, Cutting it out your mask


Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST

Lesson #2: Carving and tooling your mask


Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST

Lesson #3: Shaping and molding your mask


Wednesday, November 24, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST

Lesson #4: Dyeing, Painting, and Sealing (dye and paint not included in kit).


Wednesday, December 22, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST

Lesson #5: Presentation about mask use in Nordic Folk Magic

Course Price

5 class course with materials



Need the tool pack? Order directly from Embercraft!