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Molly Grant

Deerfield, NH
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Molly Grant

Molly began leatherworking in her early 20’s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather Shop at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. In 1989, she became a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and while showing her line of handbags had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months time Molly was traveling to national craft shows with Paul and learning the art of being a Cordwainer. The original patterns and designs that Paul and his father Edward Mathews designed beginning in the 1930’s are still used today. Molly continues to make handbags, but her main business is showing her line of custom handmade footwear and teaching shoemaking workshops at her shop in New Hampshire, as well as traveling nationally to craft schools to teach the art of shoemaking.

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Past Courses Offered by Molly Grant

Leather Handbag Design & Sewing

Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop