MEET TFB LEATHERSMITH: BEN FORSTER
For Ben Forster, founder and visionary behind TFB Leather, the craft is not just about making a living, it’s about artistry in action. He is not just building a business, but a legacy. Offering a full range of custom leatherwork, he prides himself on creating pieces that are not only beautiful, but also functional. TFB Leather is where the rugged western and urban chic collide. The result? Unique, hand-crafted and high-quality belts, wallets, bags, chaps, and so much more.
Growing up in small town Australia, Ben was immersed in the world of rodeo from an early age. There he discovered the appeal of eye-catching gear, from fashion statements to working equipment. While competing, he dabbled in the craft, creating small pieces and honing his skills. Since then, he has transformed his “hobby” into a booming business!
With a lifelong penchant for creativity and a deep-seated appreciation for the rodeo culture that raised him, Ben found the perfect fusion of interests in custom leatherwork. Applying a keen eye for detail and artistic skill, he strives to create equipment that is both eye-catching and able to withstand the rigors of the rodeo scene. He enjoys the challenge of layering traditional Western aesthetics and urban adaptations, creating high quality leather products that appeal to folks from all walks of life.
Recently, he built chaps for World Saddle Bronc champion, Zeke Thurston, and two time Canadian Bullriding Champion, Scott Schiffner. No stranger to the circuit himself, he has competed as a bullrider throughout Australia, Canada, and the United States. From his time riding bulls, he learned the determination necessary to knuckle down and give your all, no matter how rough the ride gets. Applying this philosophy, he is committed to positioning TFB Leather as the world’s leading custom leatherwork company.
Ben’s journey has been as multifaceted as any. From his travels with the rodeo circuit (and winters chasing the best snowboarding around), he fell in love with Canada. From the culture to the climate, he’s settled. From the ranch he shares with his brother, he happily raises bucking stock with his brother while honing his leather craft. It is his sincere desire that his leatherwork will be as unique a blend of cultures as his own life has been!