The Elktracks Team
Born and raised on a ranch in eastern Montana, Jim Linnell has had leather working in his blood every since his first visit to the Miles City Saddlery. The sounds and smells of those visits are some of the most vivid memories he has of that early introduction to the leather working world. Now, after spending the last 50 years working with leather and nearly 40 years in the leather industry, those sounds and smells are still a part of his life.
As an artist, Jim’s leather art has been featured on magazine covers, catalog covers, in galleries and at countless shows. As a businessman, Jim has a track record of building some very successful and profitable national retail chains. In the leather working world he has received some of the most prestigious awards recognized in the industry. The Al Stohlman Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Master Leather Artisan Award from The Academy of Western Artists are some of the better known.
Jim has taught leather working skills to thousands of students around the world. His passion for the art has made him one of the most sought after instructors of our day and his students often get a history lesson on the art along with in depth instruction.