Find Success At Every Level Of Craftsmanship

Why Join Illum Atelier?

  • Learn From Anywhere

    Enjoy quality instruction from the comfort of your own home at the convenience of your schedule.

  • Find Business Success

    Choose from dozens of curated courses that will elevate your skills to the next level.

  • Continue the Legacy

    Gain valuable skills and knowledge to help keep the traditional arts alive.

Featured Instructors

Our teachers are renowned artisans excited to share their knowledge and experience with you.

Chuck Dorsett

Chuck Dorsett is the Leathercraft Product Manager for Weaver Leather Supply. Prior to joining Weaver, Chuck established his own business, The Dorsett House, Inc. where he produced leatherwork for both movies and TV including Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Mortal Kombat TV series, Man in the Iron Mask, BBC’s Arthur, Kaamelot on French TV as well as some work in the MET and on the History Channel. After 14 years in business, Chuck went on to operate a retail leathercraft store and built its yearly sales up from $400,000 to $1.3 million. With a contagious enthusiasm for all things leather, Chuck is a teacher at heart and the host of The Leather Element series on YouTube. Chuck shares a wealth of knowledge, tips, and techniques perfect for both beginner and advanced leathercrafters alike.

Paul Zalesak

Paul Zalesak, CEO and founder of Leather Wranglers Inc., is an award-winning artist that began tooling leather in 1974 under the tutelage of Jimmy Resley from El Paso, TX. His love of the leather craft and passion for finding a high-performance swivel knife led him to do extensive research in metallurgy. He started Leather Wranglers Inc. in 2006, after having developed the SK-3 swivel knife. Paul served as a college professor for more than 25 years and presently teaches seminars in the USA and internationally on sharpening fundamentals, cutting-edge technology, and swivel knife finesse. He has also authored several articles for leathercraft-related publications. As a full-time knife maker, his passion is to provide leather crafters with high-quality products that improve quality of life, work, and finished product. Paul is a member of numerous organizations in the leather craft industry, including New Mexico Roadrunner Leather Artisans’ Guild, International Internet Leathercrafters’ Guild (IILG), Lone Star Leather Crafters Guild, and Colorado Saddle Makers Association.

Gordon Andrus

Gordon Andrus is an artist, craftsman, and author. He has been working leather since the mid-1970's when his grandmother, Vera Rees Tippetts, sent him home with a handful of tools that had belonged to Vaughn Tippetts, his grandfather. In 1981 Gordon worked for a short stint at the old Keystone Brothers shop in Denver, Colorado. Gordon went on to study art and design at Utah State University earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1986. While in college Gordon worked at the Cache Valley Horseman in Logan, Utah. While working there for Mark Broughton, Gordon built his first saddle using Marks saddle school notes from Jesse Smith. After college Gordon went on to earn a master’s degree in fine art from Alfred University in Alfred, New York in 1990. Gordon spent 12 years working with draft and saddle horses in the 1990's and early 2000's. He managed the carriage horse operation at Greenfield Village, a historic site established by Henry Ford, before relocating with his family to Cody, Wyoming in 2002 where he set up shop full time working in his own saddlery, Sage Creek Stock Saddle Co. In 2011 Gordon and his wife Maryanne moved again to Hoytsville in Summit County, Utah, where they are able to be closer to parents and other family. Gordon credits noted Utah horseman Bud Hendrickson for giving him a start with horses. "Bud trained horses for many disciplines, and I'm very grateful for the hours I was able to spend with him in my youth."

What Students are Saying

  • Fun Projects

    "This project was unique, crafty, and fun to make! I enjoyed making it my own with different tooling and background color." - Kateri Kalske

  • Elevate Your Skills

    "I always wondered why my beveling looked FLAT, and now I know what I've been doing wrong. This was my first class here and I really like it." -Jacee Albrecht

  • Develop New Skills

    "I have never tooled an oak leaf before and when I saw how realistic it looked, I was amazed!" - Sarah Lane