Cooper Thurston hails from Washington, Missouri a small river town west of St. Louis. When he was fourteen years old he inherited an array of leatherworking tools from his grandfather.  Using scrap pieces of leather he acquired from a local leatherworker he crafted knife sheaths and other functional leather goods for friends and family. His senior year of college Cooper started Roughewn with the chief goal of creating heirloom-quality functional leather goods—pieces that could be handed down for generations to come.  The Roughewn barrel symbol comes directly from his name: coop·er  [noun] A person who makes or repairs casks, barrels, etc. Every Roughewn product is entirely hand cut, hand stitched and guaranteed for life.