Meet the Manager - Johan P @ Store 158
Here at Tandy we have over 100 years of history and it is because of the hardworking and long standing members of our teams that we have been able to persist through such a vast and ever changing world.
Meet Johan Potgieter, the current manager of store #158 in Roseville, Minnesota. Johan joined us in 2004 (happy almost twenty-year anniversary!) and was quickly made manager at our Bloomington location because of his incredible leatherworking knowledge and desire to embody our mission to build and teach the art of leatherworking in our community.
He is a prolific crafter and published author who has mastered many of the "old ways" and traditional leather working from decades ago, preserving many of the techniques that would otherwise be lost in time. Johan started his leatherworking career in 1978 after becoming the new owner of a stack of Al Stohlman books- which got him hook, line, and sinker. After logging much time teaching himself through the instructional texts, he joined the leather guild in South Africa, meeting and learning from many skilled mentors to help grow his own talents.
Johan likes making valet trays, can covers, and journal covers using unique and beautiful variations of wood-grain texturing and out-of-the-box stamping combinations. He and his staff teach classes at their Roseville location and even host local leather guild meetings! He also has future plans to tour a nearby tannery and help build his knowledge base even more.
Here are a couple of his "wood grain" texture technique in action- absolutely stunning!
Please feel free to watch this interview we hosted with this incredible Tandy manager, and let us know if you have additional questions for him. Make sure if you're ever in the area, make sure to stop by and say hi!
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"Not only can you come and buy your leather, hardware and tools from us, We can demo most tools and dyes/stains for you right there on the spot!" - Johan Potgieter, Store Manager, Roseville #158