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GEO. LAWRENCE'S GREAT GRANDSON RETIRED FROM MAKING CREELS 8-2010. PLEASE ENJOY THE SITE ANYWAY.

I retired after 30 years of running the leather goods mf'g. shop established by my family in Portland in 1857 to make saddles and harness. The photo shows me trying to affect a serious pose, sitting in front of a picture of my great grandfather, Geo., surrounded by artifacts from the early days of the Co. In my home shop I still pursue leather work as a hobby using the original G.L.Co. machinery, tooling, patterns, and techniques.
Through the years The George Lawrence Co. saddlery and harness shop evolved into a wholesaler and supplier of auto parts, shoe repair and shoe store supplies, hat blocking equipment, and sporting goods (fishing and hunting supplies). The leather shop went from making horse goods to making what we called, "Leather Shooting Accessories"; handgun holsters, cartridge belts, slings, scabbards, etc. I have a large personal collection of memorabilia from the Co's. earliest days, on.
The Company ceased operations in 1985 when family members retired, and the historic 1/4-block, 4-story brick building that my great grandfather built in 1903 to house the saddle and harness business in downtown Portland was sold.
In the 1920s, '30s, and 40s the GLCo. was also famous for applying the decorative leather trim to Asian split willow trout fishing baskets. These fishing creels have become valuable collectors items. There has been a resurgence of interest in vintage fishing gear since the film, "A River Runs Through It", came out several years ago. Additional interest was generated by the publication of the beautifully illustrated coffee-table book, "The Art of the Creel", where I participated in the extensive section on Geo. Lawrence creels. When my wife, Emmy, and I are not traveling or "playing" in our garden, and/or when the famous Oregon rain comes, I spend time in my leather shop recreating the historic GLCo. leathered creels. I've added designs of my own to the mix using the tooling, and processes perfected by the Co. those many years ago. 
 
Please enjoy the following pages which illustrate examples of my work, and where I explain a little about the process.
 
Bill Lawrence (George Lawrence's Great Grandson)
 
 
 
 
                                   

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