Laroche Leathers

Artwork
Samurai Armour SAMURAI ARMOUR

This is a full size suit, standing at approximately 6 feet, of 14th century Samurai Armour.  It comes complete with secret Japanese knot on back for pulling back shoulder pads which enabled the Samurai to use his bow.  The armour is complimented by having authentic bear skin boots, silk pants and shirt under the suit.  This suit was made as authentic as possible, and it does tie up as an original did.  I invested approximately a year conducting research into all styles and types of Samurai Armour. The only non-period pieces on this suit are the chrome studs and the horns of the helmet, which originally were carved from bone.  Most Samurai could not afford a full leather suit, although a complete example of this full suit does exist in a museum in Japan.
Bone Breastplate BONE BREASTPLATE

Native American Breastplate made with hare bones, beads and buckskin lacing.  Although quite beautiful, it was also fully functional.  This armour was actually sewn so tightly together it would stop arrows, rocks and even mini-balls from black power pistols.  This is an exact reproduction, although the feathers and colours of the originals were different on each breastplate.
The Chief CHIEF

The Chief, as we call him, has a moulded leather face with war paint, complete with his native headdress.  Individual feathers on his headdress are authentically tied and attached to a fur covered deerskin skullcap, which is complete with front band and side fur decoration.
Tarrot Card Table TARROT CARD TABLE

This is a leather covering that I add to a new table.  It is hand carved and hand painted to represent cards from of a deck of Tarrot cards.  The cards are not only of a correct size, they are also raised, hand carved and hand painted.  The lampshade is also made of leather.  It has been pierced in a manner that when illuminated will project stars, half moons and other astrologically oriented images.  This piece would be additional to the table.
Leather Lamp LEATHER LAMP

This lampshade is made from deerskin stretched over a wire frame with an attached fringe.  Dragons images have been cut out and backed with snakeskin.  The flowers have also been cut out and backed with lamp paper.  Base of the lamp is painted glass.
Collage COLLAGE

This table top parrot is made up of many different pieces of leather that are of different sizes, shapes, colours and textures to give a three dimensional effect of a parrot sitting on a branch.
Gladiator Helmet GLADIATOR HELMET

Helmet is constructed entirely of leather and rivet fasteners.  The original design was created from using a picture in a magazine.  It was an enjoyable experience to create this replica helmet.
Leather Knives LEATHER KNIVES

These are authentic knife reproductions made of leather.  The only non-leather items used in their construction are two rivets and a semi-precious stone.  The leather is hand painted to make them appear realistic.  They are exactly proportioned to the original knives (full size) which are approximately 12 to 14 inches long.
Grandfather Clock GRANDFATHER CLOCK

This piece is called "OUT OF TIME".  The entire clock casing and mechanism (which works) is made entirely of leather.  Each individual gear is hand cut and fitted to the others, held in place with three wooden dowels.  All gears work and turn together, but clock mechanism is not designed to keep time.  My own original artwork is engraved and painted by hand with a macabre theme!
Leather Rose LEATHER ROSE
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