About The Maker

Welcome to sleaves, my name is Mike Pickett - I'm the creator behind the products you see. I live in a small city in Southern Alberta and am so grateful to have the opportunity share my skills with you.

A photo of Mike Pickett, the owner and head creative of sleaves, wearing a black tshirt with a green sleaves logo on the chest. Mike is sitting at his leather work bench holding a sleaves cardholder.

In one capacity or another I've been a "creative" for as long as I can remember. When I was a young kid it was all about drawing - drawing cartoons, I remember sitting in front of the TV learning from Commander Mark, dreaming up strange worlds of Unicorn Horned Bears and dimensional worlds that defied all physics (of course I didn't know this at the time).

I've been through many creative stages since then. My time spent working on vehicles and designing louder and louder stereo systems. My years as a logo, graphic and website designer. Next came my foray into woodworking, pen turning and ring making. I've tried so many different creative outlets - but just never really felt like what I was making really represented who I was.

Since the first cut, the first pricking iron hole, the first line of hand stitching, the first hand rubbed finish - I don't know how to explain it, I just felt like I'd finally found where I belong. I found an outlet for my creative side that I could see myself doing for the next 20, 30 years and sharing what I learned with future generations.

I started sleaves to share my products, my love of the craft and keep working at something that I feel is now part of who I am.

I hope you'll enjoy what you find here and if you have any questions at all about me, my craft, my passion for making these products - don't hesitate to get in touch.