Another art form practiced at the original Roycroft was leatherwork. In an article titled “Roycroft Ripples” in a February 1907 issue of the East Aurora Advertiser, it was noted that “Fred Kranz is finishing up a $800 leather frieze for a rich Cleveland banker. It is a beauty. Visitors who know say Kranz turns out the finest modeled leather goods in the country.” A modeled leather frieze also decorated Alice Hubbard's Roycroft office.
Picture frames, jewel boxes, bookends, table mats, handbags, wastebaskets, upholstery on chairs and of course book covers, are some of the many objects enhanced with decorative modeled designs by the artisans of the Roycroft leather department.
Samples of leather work by leather department head George ScheideMantel are on display at the Elbert Hubbard Museum in East Aurora. This bungalow museum was the ScheideMantel home, built by Roycrofters. For more information go to the website for the Aurora Historical Society.