Process: Leather Head
Each and every Leather Head ball and mitt is handmade in a cramped workshop in Glen Rock, New Jersey. The workspace is full of leather and nostalgia. And it smells absolutely wonderful. Starting as beautiful leather hides of all varieties and colors, the small company's footballs start as die cut leather panels, which are then sewn, inverted, and filled with a butyl rubber bladder. They're then simply finished up with hand-threading the rawhide lace. It's not a quick process, but Leather Head founder Paul Cunningham wouldn't have it any other way.
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