Billy Joe Whitehead

Member Details:

Full Name: Billy Joe Whitehead

City: Starkville

State: Mississippi

Date Joined: 2006

Member Classification: Exhibiting

Medium: Leather. Artist Categories: Accessories.


Billy Joe works with leather because he has always been interested in drawing and working with his hands. “In

1987,” he says, I saw a beautiful guitar strap made from leather and thought, ‘I can do that!’ So I invested in the materials and

tools necessary to make one and after it was done, I made others for my guitar picking friends. Then I thought

about making custom straps and selling them.” Billy Joe’s designs come from his imagination or a pattern he has

purchased or from someone else’s imagination for custom straps they want him to make. At other times, he gets

ideas from products made with other materials that he wants to try making with leather.