LAKE COUNTY — 4-H is about learning skills, having fun and making friends, which is exactly what happened at the Discover 4-H! Discover You! program in Baldwin. Area youth received hands-on, step-by-step instruction on leather crafting under the directions of guest instructor, Melissa McLeod.

Leather crafting is the perfect hobby for both kids and adults alike. It is unique in that it combines both artistic finesse and industrious strength by taking leather and turning it into a variety of craft items, leather products or works of art using leather tools, stamping, shaping methods and coloring techniques. Leather craft is a skill that has been around a long time.

4-H a leading youth development program that creates positive change in youth, families and communities. Youth ages 5 to 19 are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills as they work in partnership with caring adults. 4-H is committed to helping young people develop skills that will help them succeed and empower all youth to reach their full potential.

“Special thanks to Melissa McLeod for sharing both her leather crafting and wood burning skills with the youth of Lake County through the Discover 4-H! Discover You! programs. Melissa is an local artist and owner of BearMesha,” said Laurie Platte Breza, 4-H program coordinator for Lake County.

For more information about Lake County 4-H, contact (231) 745-2732 or stop by the MSU Extension Office, located in the Baldwin Business Center at 830 Michigan Avenue, Baldwin. Fall enrollment is beginning soon.