Diane Louise Paul is a self-taught leather artisan who creates beautiful, long-lasting handcrafted leather items that become valued treasures. She makes each item by hand from English bridle leather, focusing on pre-Civil War objects.
Using traditional tools and techniques, she cuts, stitches, and finishes each object with beeswax and other natural products. She cuts the leather without patterns, so no two pieces are the same. She enjoys working with leather because of its warmth, beauty, and unique markings and variations.
Paul has lived in North Hampton, New Hampshire, a small town on the seacoast called North Hampton NH, for 50 years. She is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and was among the artisans featured in the 75th Anniversary documentary, “A League of Our Own,” about the League. She is also a member the Seacoast Growers’ Association farmers’ market. In her free time she trained horses and goes antiquing in search of antique bells and leather tools.
Paul is fascinated by the history and longevity of antique items. A descendant of Mayflower passenger Thomas Rogers, she is a member of the national societies of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ranger Chapter of Portsmouth, and the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America. She has been featured on WMUR’s “New Hampshire Chronicle” and “Cross Roads.”
Artisans wishing to participate in the 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts™ may download applications by clicking here. Because of the uncertainty of mail delivery caused by the Pandemic, we have extended the deadline for entries. We will accept entries postmarked by February 15, 2021. Those selected will be notified after judging in April, 2021. The 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts™ will appear in the August 2021 issue of Early American Life.
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