generations of Wagoners have been working in leather since
the last century, starting with E. Wagoner who was a saddlemaker
of some renown in Ohio, Colorado, and New England in the
1880s. (It isn't certain when he quit making saddles,
but many are still to be found in service.) His son, Dwain
Wagoner, founded the Wagoner Leather Shop in Mount Vernon,
in 1842, operating until 1955, Having grown up with the
inviting feel and smell of leather, Duke and Laurel Wagoner
decided in 1969 to open their own shop, Down Home Leather.
Assisted by their three children and other family members,
they have operated their manufacturing and retail outlet
in the same location since that time, in addition to selling
their handmade, hand-tooled leather goods at numerous
craft shows. Their well-made distinctive products - clean,
straight-forward, and functional - have become known as
true Down Home classics. They never go out of style.