This might sound strange, but my Dad is retired, having worked in the Leather industry all of his life -- from working as an apprentice in a saddle shop in Europe to owning his own import company.
He has an amazing range of skills; from sourcing leather to design, pattern making, sample making and so much more. And...he's doing nothing these days.
He would love to help artisans; teaching or working alongside; he's in Southern California. If you, or someone you might know is interesting in learning from a true master, please send me a note.