Paul Zalesak started tooling leather in 1974 in El Paso, TX under the tutelage of Jim Resley, who was a friend of Paul’s dad. In 2001 Paul and his family moved to Albuquerque, NM where they founded Leather Wranglers Inc. Paul has carved many leather pieces through the years including journals, binders, Bible and iPad covers, chairs, cases, purses, belts, and mules. He has earned several first place awards for a reversible belt and a Pony Express set, as well as “Best of Show” at the New Mexico State Fair.
Paul's love of the leather craft and his quest to find a high performance swivel knife is the reason he developed the SK-3 Swivel Knife. Paul has done extensive research in the technology and science of metals and metal alloys. His passion for high performing, cutting-edge tools resulted in the state-of-the art, exotic alloy used in Leather Wranglers' swivel knife blades, as well as the Crucible's premium alloy used in his innovative LW Round Knife with a signature pull-cut, the Tranto and Guppy trim knives, and several other innovative knives and tools.
Paul teaches seminars on swivel knife use and techniques, sharpening fundamentals and cutting edge technology. He also authored a series of On the Edge articles for the Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal, now also available for purchase in booklet form (found in Publications).
His wife, Rosa is originally from New York and was swept off her feet when she met Paul in El Paso in 1983. Although she grew up in the heart of the Big Apple, she has grown to love the western culture and the beautiful southwest. As a business partner and Paul's help-mate, Rosa manages the business with the same passion and commitment of uncompromised quality that Leather Wranglers stands for.
Paul is a member of New Mexico Roadrunner Leather Artisan's Guild, Colorado Saddle Makers Association (CSMA), Lone Star Leather Crafters of Fort Worth, TX, Leatherworker.net, and Leatherpros.net. He is also a member of IILG and served as Vice President from 2012 to 2016.
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