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! :., J Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, February 13, 1997 25 Paul Goin began his love affair with leather 30 years because sight is vital for his art. ago. It began when his wife, Phyllis, gave him a thirteen Currently, the craftsman has good days and bad days. dollar leather tool set. He wasn't much impressed with the Most days, he spends part of his day in his shop working, gift. "No way do I have the patience for leather work," he thinking and looking at the many products he has created. said. Sometimes, people drop by His days were lonely. ! to look, to buy or just to say He worked a night shift at [ "Hello." TRW in southern Califor- !]; Phyllis continues to en- nia. Phyllis worked days for courage his leather work. She the same employer. He de- helps set up and take down cided to see what he could the displays at craft shows make with the tools. To his and brings coffee and lunch surprise he liked beginning and often just keeps him with a pliable piece of leather company. Goin also receives and turning it into a wallet, encouragement from his belt or purse, brother who recently moved Selecting a design or to Pahrump and is in the pro- creating his own, tooling and cess of building a home. He stamping, oiling and dyeing still finds time to make broughtan undreamedofsat- frames for Goin's pictures. isfaction. The more he The leather artist plans worked with leather, the to "keep on, keepin' on. He more he loved his develop- set up his display at the ing craft. He made mocca- Pahrump Visual and Per- sins, knife holders, earrings, forming Arts Council "Fiber cellular phone cases and hat Arts Showcase" last week- bands, end for the first time since The more he explored his cancer diagnosis. the ways he could bring Where does he see his leather to life, the more Goin craft headed from here? loved the material. He found People interested in leather he could grow beyond crafts art have approached Goin to use his pliable leather as a medium for his drawings. He and asked if he would consider giving them lessons. He began to create leather art, tooled pictures of people, ani- decided to share his skill by teaching others. The first three mals and nature. The artist favors southwestern themes, students are a retired man and two boy scouts. All three will Native Americans, buffalo, horses, coyotes and mountain receive private lessons. Goin says it's more effective to lions are some he likes best. teach one on one which al- Retired in 1983, Goin devoted more time to his hobby, lows him to work with each Friends and family liked his work and asked for custom person's skill level and rate items. His hobby'grew gradually into a business. When he of progress. and Phyllis moved to Pahrump following a few years of post Will he take more stu- retirement life in Minnesota, Goin started displaying his dents?"Yes," he says. He is work at craft shows. His clientele grew wih the added also taking custom orders, exposure, and has an appealing variety His need for space expanded too. His sp.'ialty tools, of framed leather pictures stored in custom cabinets made by Goin's brother, now and all of the craft items number over 300. There is his work table fitted with an listed above in his shop. adjustable lamp. He has portable display racks and tables. To view Goin's art visit Lots o'f materials. Hundreds of patterns. And, numerous him at "Ye Old Leather customers want to look at his work. Pouch & Picture Place" lo- A new building to house "Ye Old Leather Pouch and cated at 1391 West Gold Picture Place" gave him the space he needed to create and Dust Lane. Phone first, 727- show his work. 0381. And, the man who dis- covered his creative medium 10" SUB $3.65 PASTRAMI SANDWICH $3.25 . tm!l Phone Orders Welcome 727-4300 Hours 10 am to 7 pm Hwy 160 Valley View Plaza when he received a thirteen dollar tool set lived happily ever after. Not quite. In June 1996, Goin was told he had lung cancer. Goin doesn't just give up. He weathered angioplasty and open heart surgery and re- turned to the leather work he loves. After heart surgery, Goin had the energy to join Phyllis and neighbor, J. D. Bowman, in forming a Neighborhood Watch pro- gram. Cancer has been tougher. Goin was treated with chemotherapy and ra- diation. He says the chemo- therapy made him real sick and he has lost a lot of weight. He was blind for almost 24 hours after one treatment. He says, that scared him the most Uncle Al's Oasis Indoor/Outdoor Swap Meet Amusement Arcade Snack Bar Hours: Mon.- Thurs. lOam to 5pro Fri., Sat., Sun- 9am to 6pm 1850 E. Kendall