There are some people who come across your path, that seem to show up for a reason. Several months ago, we got a phone call from a guy we had met only once. That person was Issac Tarectecan.
We met Issac in southern California a year and a half ago, through a mutual connection we had in the area. We talked about skateboarding, leather, craft, American manufacturing, the works.
We parted ways, and little did we know that our paths would cross again. In September of 2015, we got a phone call from Issac asking a question we have been asked several times: "how would you feel about taking on an apprentice?"
We've gotten that question before and almost instantly turned every inquiry down, as everyone who had mentioned it wanted it for the wrong reason.
Issac was different.
In our conversations, Issac talked about the desire to learn the craft, doing it for the good of people, and an overall passion for the medium of leather.
After a visit out to Portland from Steamboat Springs Colorado (where he was living at the time), a sit down talk over some Ristretto coffee, and a quick trip to Oregon Leather, we hired him.
Moving out from Colorado to Portland was a big move, especially in October. Within a month, we already knew Issac was an invaluable asset, a great team player, and someone we are proud to call a friend. Fast on his feet, a quick learner, and a damn fine skateboarder, Issac fits in just fine.
We did a little Q + A about Issac so everyone can get to know him.
Where are you from originally?
I: Hillsborough, New Jersey
What is your favorite food:
I: Call it typical, but Philly cheese steaks. Anything that is greasy as hell.
When did you start taking an interest in leather craft?:
I: Late 2014, right before I moved to Colorado, I wanted to pick up a trade and leather seemed to be a good place to start. When I got to Colorado, the people who picked me up from the airport made a stop at Tandy Leather, and from there I knew it was what I wanted to do.
Favorite type of leather piece to make?:
I: Wallets. Hands down. Simple, but can be challenging, and it is always satisfying when you see a piece come out clean.
Favorite thing to do when you're not working at Farrow Co. ?
I: Skateboarding, skateboarding, drinking coffee, hanging out with my girlfriend, and more skateboarding.
Goals for 2016?:
I: Honestly just learn as much as I can. I really want to delve into bags, develop my own style, and just push my skills as much as I can.