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Blind crafter sells leather art work at craft show

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While spectators watched Sugar Valley Rally cars cross the finish line in Gering other attendees spent time at the annual Sugar Valley Rally Craft Show in Scottsbluff.
 
There were several vendors to visit including those who sold pottery to jewelry and even leather-art work.

Crafter Bob White and his wife Linda own Bob's Custom Leather. They have been selling leather work for more than 40 years.

Bob, who became legally blind after suffering from a detached retina and lost his left eye completely, says the disability doesn't stop him from doing what he loves.

Instead, he uses a video eye camera that magnifies his work on a TV screen in order to continue his crafting.
 
"I've been doing leather work for about 50 years cause I started in 4-H and I just kept it up and we wanted something to do on the weekends so we just started doing this craft shows," said Bob.
 
He says before losing his eyesight it use to take him about one hour to create an item. Now it takes about five or six hours but he still enjoys crafting items like leather checkbooks, wallets, holsters and billfolds.

Both he and Linda reside in Torrington but like to sell their items at local craft shows across the Panhandle. They both say business has been great over the last four decades.

Bob and Linda White can be contacted for custom orders at (307) 532-2323.
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