The Mangold Leather workshop is stationed in Montague, MA, as part of the Greentek Nursery. Our facility is 100% solar powered; a sanctuary of abundance and productivity. Here, every piece is created one-at-a-time with incredible passion, using antique hand-tools and uniquely-conceived machines.
Here, Mangold Leather provides a firm financial basis for our larger organization, Greentek. The bags and hats that the we sell enable us direct our excess time and energy into propagating trees, drawing brilliant designs, and conducting regional restoration events. Here, we live the most beautiful lives possible while creating the most beautiful planet possible.
This is our home base; our headquarters; our sanctuary. Here, we live. Here, we work. Here, we grow. Here, we have created a foundation of strength and abundance. We have looked to the world and said, "I am here to become everything that I have the potential to be. Let me build my most beautiful art. Let me bring health to my life; to my world. Let's paint this world green with fruit trees. It's time to restore our planet." This is our pathway forward.
The Greentek nursery is our home. Here, we excel. Here, we exist in productive luxury, while carrying out regional, edible restorations until we shift onto the longterm site.
Besides leatherwork, we propagate ginkgo, chestnut, walnut, hazelnut, peaches, plums, mulberry, kiwi, chestnuts, dogwood, blueberry, strawberry, currants, honeyberry and blackberry plants from parent plants established on-site, and from gardens we have planted through New England. We grow native flowering plants, edible perennial greens, and a complete host of medicinal species that provide not only lowest-cost plant stock for our projects, but barrels and bushels of the best food, fruit and medicine to serve ourselves as we carry out the work.
All of our stock comes from mother plants that are established at the nursery, and from mature plants across all of our planting sites. We have chestnut and hazelnuts of 7 years coming into bearing, multiplying by hundreds of seedlings! These are supplementary plants in addition to those purchased made from other nurseries. Every purchase through Mangold Leather however, allows us to step toward complete autonomous, generating every plant and resource that we need internally, in order to conduct world repair indefinitely!
The shop is a foundation of strength as we move into an ever better world. Here we love. Here we work. Here we create the best leather belts bags and hats that this world has ever seen. We have plotted our course, and every week, as the work is done, Mangold Leather, Greentek, and all of our friends bring a storm of passionate energy to every local dance and gathering.
Glorious selections of grass-fed bison leather.
Careful selection of material.
Every piece made with patience & passion by hand.
Meticulously crafted. Highly charged, medicinal pieces.
Apprentice, Carissa working in the shop.
Beautiful arrangement of pattern pieces before stitching.
Every phase is art.
A fine form. Enticing shape. Reflective of nature. Leather shifting from one form to the next.
Gem inlay bracelet being born.
Every day, a new batch of beautiful belts. Choose your color.
Back home, HUGE new hide! Inspired and ecstatic to dig in!
A few select tools.
Ornaments captured until use.
Enjoying the smiley face that shows up on every leaf bag,
Proud new fractal bag flap.
Peaches and Hazels from our orchard. To collect seeds; eat the fruit.
Careful layout for new gem inlay belts.
Beautiful bag pattern. Material too fine not to photograph.
Impossibly beautiful cuts of bison.
Layout. Every bit of the process is a pleasure.
Life during batch production on the workbench.
A well-worn hammer.
New Red Leaf Bag
Tulsi bag <3
And blue, stylized leaf bag.
Off to the people!
Stud layout, aviator.
All measurements preconceived.
It's worth patience. A thrilling puzzle.
Well worth the effort!
Preparations for the Fruit Trail. A house of art.
Conditions prior to installation.
Fractals from the garden. Endless inspiration.
Allowing these asters to run wild through the lawn. Great groundcover.
House plants get a breath of wild air.
Mask for Aaron Brando of Pollinate Dance. Subtle, albino peacock painting.
Beautiful labradorite before permanently being set in this royal bag.
Skived back for comfort and malleability. Unique stitching approach.
Four small horns, and an expertly assembled rear.
Checkered stitching is a treat to behold.
Dragon Helmet in conception.
This is where heavy helmets come from. Spiked ridge.
Every piece must be laid out. Every hole must be precisely measured. This is the attention it takes for these pieces to come out completely successful.
Pushing manual production to it's highest edge. Essential layout process.
Gradient on segmented horns.
Horns in Use. Dragon Helmet worn by peaceful warrior, Michael, at dance.
Glimpses of the workshop. One day till show time.
Gifts for the people!
Art where you least expect it. Beauty everywhere.
Scanned pattern piece. Stylized Tulip Tree.
The vegetable garden. ~20$ of plants + 1 day of work = best free food all year.
Newtown Arts Festival.
All sales contribute to the planting of Free fruit and nut trees.
Leaf Bag in full bloom.
Working the shop.
What can I do for you?
Across the road, the Fruit Trail grows on. Month 3. Late summer bloom with healthy young cherry bushes.
White sage, thriving, dancing, participating in the plant community.
Tulsi in full form!
Healthy young peach at the Trail!
Rubus parvifolia looking vibrant at the Fruit Trail.
Goddess Sculpture appears at the Fruit Trail <3
Healthy Black Currant plant at the Fruit Trail
Planted densely for success. Wait for these to fill in!
Oil Seed pumpkins harvested for pressing healthy, local oil.
Oil Seed pumpkins harvested for pressing healthy, local oil.2
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Collection of bags en route to consignment.
Working in the shop. Photo by George Duncan
Plants on their way to a public garden.
Life never had to be difficult. Earth can be our paradise. This life is ours to do, be, create whatever we wish. Take it one step at a time. Actualize the life, the home and the planet that you’ve ever dreamed of. It’s happening here! This is our time.
At the Greentek nursery, we rest deeply. We wake up to decadent brews, enjoy long hours in the shop and indulge in the garden, enjoying the luxury of drawing up brilliant new landscape designs. Every weekend is time for another installation, or another ecstatic dance event in our incredible community. Here, we exist at high potential, leading the edible, ecological restoration campaign, and bringing incredibly beautiful gifts of leather to you. <3
Every stage of the process is an act of art. These pattern pieces are a beautiful arrangement on their own before being stitched.
The next form is as alluring as the last. An exquisite shape before the final bag.