Warren Dorer

A native of Long Island, NY, Warren began developing his leather working skills in 1971 while he was in the U.S. Navy. He was inspired by a handmade leather belt, given to him by a friend, and later happened upon some antique leather working tools in a pawn shop. Thus began a 45 year fascination with leather art.

Once out of the Navy, he opened his first shop, The Leather Joint, in Babylon, NY. Soon after, he began a career in shipbuilding (another passion) which took him from NY to Connecticut and on to California before landing him here in Hampton Roads. Over time he has continued to develop his ideas and techniques, creating functional leather art and sculptures while combining leather with other mediums.