Tera Ptacek and Dustin Lyons met in Alaska and fell in love in Guatemala after running into each other at the same Spanish school. Following 8 years of living in Alaska and traveling the world, they decided it was time to sink some roots in the ground.
Without jobs and nowhere to live they developed a passion for Renaissance-style moccasins and moved to Ashland, OR to learn the trade. Now, nearly a decade later, Alkahest Leather is a homespun outfit specializing in custom-made leather footwear, hip & shoulder bags, wrist-wear, and other accessories. All their footwear is entirely customized starting with a tape-cast of the foot. The couple’s other great passion is wilderness which brought them to Joseph, Oregon…the place they call home! When they’re not on the road doing shows, you can find them nestled in the mountains, hammering away in their little shop in the woods.