Excerpt from February 2005: JR'S JOURNAL
Wayne Sticha – Portrait of a Leather Artist
Working for a motorcycle mag is pretty cool. You get to go out and meet people from all walks of life that share a common bond, a love for the open road, a devotion to the lifestyle of being a biker. Well, this month I thought I’d profile a unique individual who has the talent to turn a piece of cowhide into a work of art. His name is Wayne Sticha and he resides in Elk River MN. After 30 years of working in the legal system he’s decided that he would rather work on his passion as an artist instead of dealing with other peoples’ problems. Wayne has been tooling, or carving, leather since back in his high school days. In the 60’s and 70’s he used his skills to supplement his income by tooling billfolds and bags with cannabis leaves, flowers, deer, bear, cougar, etc., even a WWI bi-plane or two. He now does southwest scenes, Native Americans chasing buffalo, north woods scenes, cabins, motorcycles, people, just about anything. If you can paint it, Wayne can probably carve it into a piece of leather, color and all. He can turn a photo into a beautiful work of art to frame and hang on the wall. Now for the best part of this story. . . Wayne Sticha can match the leather on your bike to your custom paint job, yea that’s right; you want the flaming skull on your tank to match your leather saddlebags? This is the guy to call! I was truly impressed with the work I saw in his shop, he has the talent to make the leather on your ride be as unique or as wild as you want it to be. He also makes custom bags, seats, does leather repair work, and about any other leather item you may need. I’ll let these pictures finish the story for me. You can reach Wayne’s Leather Carving at 651-2761-9744 or 763-44-13714. Another biker doin what he does best and enjoying life the way it was meant to be. And remember this: When you are born, you are crying and everyone around you is smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you are smiling and everyone around you is crying.