Now -- to be sure, Al Perkins did not "chuck it all" due to a crumbling life, but he IS getting back to a simpler way of working, using mostly his hands, his knowledge and his skill. It's something I think many people would envy.
|Working on knife sheath.|
|Some tools are more than 100 years old.|
Al is using some tools that are more than 100 years old and still in great shape. He has some newer tools and machines which make life a bit easier than back in the day. As you watch him work, you can tell it's all second nature.
"What I enjoy most is working with my customers," he told me. "I like to hear their need for something special, and then find a way to fulfill that need."
It's nice to see someone who seems to have figured out how to spend his days doing something he enjoys while still making what Al calls, "... a living wage." As we baby boomers enter the retirement years we might be think about what in our lives could be to each of us as leather working is to Al Perkins.
|The finished knife sheath Al began in our TV story.|