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Volume 5831

BOB HIBBARD
MASTER LEATHERWORKER
Part I: ERB and Tarzan Leathercraft

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Bob and Becky Hibbard
Becky and Bob HIbbardWhen Bill asked me to write an introduction for ERBzine pages that would feature some of my leatherwork, I was surprised, pleased, and humbled. I never imagined that my efforts would be so well received! 

I have been an ERB fan for some 57 years, and have always marveled at the wonderful, evocative artwork associated with his creations. I wished that I possessed an artistic talent that I could use to express my appreciation for the years of pleasure ERB has given me...but I can't draw well. 

Then, in 1972, when I became an Arlington, TX, police officer, I learned about leather craft. One of my fellow officers made custom leather holsters, handcuff cases, and the like. I decided to try my hand at leather, and found something I could relate to! 

In the pre-internet days I was sort of aware of ERB fandom (Dum-Dums at World Cons), and I had become a member of the Burroughs Bibliophiles (#997) while in high school, but had no opportunity for anything else. 

I was a solitary ERB collector, and I made a few ERB-related leather pieces for my own edification. 
 

Things changed in 1984, when I had a dealer's table at a Dallascon, and met Ralph Brown (he was wearing a tee shirt with the wording: "I buy Tarzan/Edgar Rice Burroughs material." emblazoned on the back.) Ralph bought my first leather notebook that has the Arting Apes cover carved on it. 

A couple of weeks later, I received a letter from a guy named George McWhorter, requesting that I make him one as well. I did, and it is now residing in the U of Louisville Collection! Talk about feeling proud! 

With the advent of the internet, my ERB fan contacts have exploded, along with my ERB-related leather projects. I started attending ERB gatherings and making leather items to give to fellow fans, starting with leather pinbacks and key fobs. 

In 2012, a Tarzan Centennial Bowie Knife was produced... but no sheath. This was a simple choice for me; to make custom leather sheaths to fit that knife, incorporating various Tarzan logos from the books and comics, as well as the ERB colophon. 

I hope you enjoy looking at my humble efforts. My greatest reward is the approval of my fellow fans. 

~ Bob Hibbard
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WORKSHOP AND LIBRARY



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SCABBARDS AND KNIVES

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KEY FOBS

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ID BADGES FOR CHAPTERS OF THE BURROUGHS BIBLIOPHILES

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BOB'S BADGES CREATED FOR FAMOUS FILM TARZANS
Ron Ely and Casper Van Dien



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Over 150 of Bob's masterworks in leather will appear in this series . . .
Meanwhile . . .
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