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March 3, 2008, 4:58 pm

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Brownworks is a leatherworking shop and store. It is not much to look at from the outside.  You know it is a leather shop the moment you open the door.

Brownworks is a leatherworking shop and store. It is not much to look at from the outside.  You know it is a leather shop the moment you open the door. The smell reminds you. It is sweet, it is sour, it is natural, is is acidic. The dim inside is filled with racks, poles with pegs, tables, and more table, and boxes under the tables. On and about these are odd piles and groupings of tack, saddles, hats, vests, boots, belts, whips, bolas, scabbards, slings, quivers, pot holders, gloves, work gloves, crystal holders, and just about anything that can be made out of leather.  If you look long enough, you will find what you need.  The two daughters of Eshmel are very helpful and can make sense of the seemingly random piles and pegs, cubbyholes, and drawers. They should, they have been doing such for 15 to 18 years.

That which they don’t have in stock, they can make. There is a huge selection of conventional hides in the back, in a variety of colors. They also have some exotic leathers as well.  If it is not a leather, they will not have it… so nothing with fur or scales.

Esmel Brownman is the third generation to run the shop. His hair is thinning and his middle is growing a bit round, but he is the spitting image of his father at his age. (His son Ericus, 13, is the spitting image of him at his age). His apron seems to be part of him and had dozens of loops for all his tools. The scent of the shop follows him everywhere, even when he goes down the street for a cup of klah or a few pints.

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Voted Cheka Man
November 11, 2005, 12:44
Simple but very useful.
Voted KendraHeart
November 20, 2005, 1:23
I like the imagery and description. You can smell that leather smell and feel the claustrophobic clutter.

The touch with the girls are nice. As is the old man in the store and his son.
December 23, 2005, 11:41
No alligator skin boots then? No fun.
December 23, 2005, 17:41
Well Gator skin as a leather is only common in the US. Snake skin, a bit more prevolent, but not used very often in Europe. I don't know why. I guess it is all based on the local ecology.
Voted Pariah
December 23, 2005, 11:43
Opps, the vote messed up.
Voted Scrasamax
March 29, 2006, 14:20
Definately a solid sub, not every shop needs to be the focus of a multi-generation plot or have six pages of elaborate backstory. Seems like a pleasant place to sit and have a cup of klah and complain about how much the cost of a cow hide has gone up in the last few years.
March 29, 2006, 14:41
What is "klah"?
March 29, 2006, 17:36
Klah, a coffee-esk drink in most fantasy works. Originally found in the books of Pern (a hot, stimulating drink made from tree bark and tasting faintly of cinnamon." - The Dragonriders of Pern) and the name has been adapted by other authors. Klahs is alwways a hot beverage, that has a coffee plus taste, often chocolate, but sometime other things.

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