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Central Texas native makes name for himself in world of leathersmithing

Posted at 8:32 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 09:32:14-05

CENTRAL TEXAS — A Waco native is making his mark in the world of leathersmithing.

The fluorescent hum in a leather shop just outside Dallas-Fort Worth isn't from a neon light.

"It's gonna have a nice 3D look. It's just going to pop," said Leathersmith Nate Vidaurreta.

The light flickers but Vidaurreta's hands don't falter. Nate left Central Texas with a dream.

"$300 bucks in my pocket with no direction really I just needed to get out. Wanted to get out," he said.

Nate made his first belt at 10 years old.

"Never a dull moment growing up. We always had something going on," he said.

One of eight children, Nate says art was a family tradition, "I was raised my whole life doing art. Loving every minute," he said.

"It's a lot of minutes. Some people don't realize how long it takes," said 25 News Anchor Lindsay Liepman,

"For me I let my imagination take over. When I'm going through the design it may be a 15-hour project that turns into a 35-hour project. For me, I want everything I release to be an expression of my talent and what I'm capable of. Everything I put out there for the world to see is the best I can put out," said Nate.

You can see Nate's full story on "Texas Voices," Saturday, January 30th at 6:30 pm on KXXV-TV in Central Texas and KRHD-TV in the Brazos Valley.