Dan’s job as a career wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service brought him to the valley from Leavenworth, in fall/winter of 2011. His family homesteaded in Okanogan, and most of them created lives in Oroville, WA. Okanogan County, and the Methow Valley is home, with roots than run deep.
He has always felt the need to create and have a few furniture pieces (steel/wood) that reside in the valley and elsewhere. Pastime Leather Co. started the winter of 2015, after a particularly tough fire season. He found a creative outlet and mental relief in the form of leatherwork. Dan’s grandfather always had horses, and with that comes a tack room- saddles, reigns, bridles, and other leather goods that offered an intoxicating smell, as well as a tactile experience. Every piece told a story of the life it had lived, having served a lifetime on the trails of the high-country.
His goal is to create the same experience with everyday carry leather goods. Whether it be a handmade wallet, or a favorite bag, these goods are hand-built with care right here in the Methow Valley. He also looks forward to working with businesses that would like to express their story through leather items, such as: Coasters, menu covers, mouse pads, journal covers, or gifts. The possibilities are endless.
You can find Dan’s leather goods at Methow Valley Goods on the TwispWorks Campus.