John Gingrich

I've been working with leather since the 70s. I make items by hand using a variety of carving and stamping tools to impart a design to the leather. This is followed by coloring with dyes, stains, and acrylics. A clear finish is usually applied to complete the piece. I make wearable accessories such as belts wallets and purses. I also make items for the home, such as clocks and planters.


1620 Bayer Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Home: 260-422-2956
Cell: 260-615-9446


  • Wood
  • Leather


Born Oct 7, 1955 in Wilmington DE. Moved to Fort Wayne with family in 1958 when father was employed at Crescent Ave Church. Attended school in the Lakeside / Northside neighborhood, graduated NSHS Class of 74. Served 7 years in the US Navy 1974 - 1981. Attended IPFW garduated 1985 with a BS Chemistry Major. Went from Chemistry to Information Technology in 1997. Currently an independent IT / Telco contractor. I have maintained the interest in leather all through the 40 plus years since high school. A leather faced, walnut, wall clock was made during a deployment in the Indian Ocean in 1980. Within the last 4 or 5 years I have found myself experimenting and practicing on scrap before committing a design to leather. I am also quite handy at making practical items of necessity, such as tool pouches and knife sheaths.