Heir to one of the most autochthonous Argentine arts, Jerónimo Coll has been in charge for years of taking his works around the world in recognized exhibitions and samples, thus contributing to the knowledge and dissemination of these Creole arts that he learned from the hand of his father, the recognized Master Soguero Máximo P. Coll.
... "I was born and grew up with my brothers among hides, leznas and knives, and thus I learned almost without seeking this noble and vast profession that the gaucho and the native of these lands gave rise to centuries ago, and that today continues more I live more than ever, thanks to the vocation and work of great master craftsmen, like my father, who dedicated and dedicate their lives to the development and dissemination of their techniques.
For a long time, and with the support of my family, I have continued this exciting journey seeking to leave my stamp on each piece, always searching, and grateful to have received the best legacy that is the possibility of being able to make, express and create with my own hands..."
Since 2014, he teaches courses in the "Villa Aguirre" Barrial University, headquarters of the National University of the Center of the Argentine Republic.
International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA July 2019.
Latin American EXPO Kuwait, January 2017. Invited by the World Craft Council.
International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA July 2017.
43º UC Craft Show, Santiago de Chile, December 2016
International Folk Art Market, Stand of W.C.C.- UNESCO Latin America. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA July
5th meeting of Sogueros and Silversmiths "Don Luis A. Flores", Benito Juarez, September 201540th Jutzot Haiotzer International Arts and Crafts Festival in Jerusalem, Israel, August 2015
1st Knives and Military Expo "(CABA, 10/2014)
25th National Craft Fair Belo Horizonte, Brazil. December 2014
Tecnópolis, MATRA Store. Buenos Aires November 2014
Tecnópolis, MATRA Store. Buenos Aires October 2014
3rd. Soga B. Juárez Meeting September 2013
Annual Cutlery Show, May 2013
2nd. Rope Meeting "Luis Alberto Flores" B. Juárez, September 2012
Annual Cutlery Show Hotel Bauen, CABA May 2012
Annual Cutlery Show, Hotel Bauen, Capital Federal November, 2011
Fair "Mi Tierra" Ituzaingo, Province of Buenos Aires, 2011
International Arms Fair "La Rural", Capital Federal, 2011
Annual Cutlery Show Hotel Bauen, Capital Federal Argentina May, 2011
"Lorenzo Berg Salvo" Award for "Best International Craftsman", awarded at the 43 UC Craft Exhibition held in Santiago, Chile, December 2016.
Recognition of the Honorable Deliberative Council of the city of Tandil, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina October 2016.
UNESCO RECOGNITION for EXCELLENCE in Handicraft Products from the Southern Cone Certified by World Crafts Council WCC, year 2014.
M.A.C. "Best Work in Leather" Award 2013 (Annual Cutlery Exhibition)
Selected by the W.C.C. (World Crafts Council) and UNESCO as representative of Argentina in the event "Week of Latin American Crafts in Kuwait", to be held in January 2017, in Kuwait.
Invited to the Fair "Berazategui Artesanías 2016", August 2016.
Jury at the "National and International Poncho Festival", Catamarca, July 2016.
Jury at the "National and International Poncho Festival", Catamarca, July 201
Based on ancestral techniques, Máximo P. Coll, together with his family, dedicated himself, over more than 50 years, to improving and refining these processes, tirelessly seeking excellence in this noble raw material, giving way to what we now call the Crude Leather Coll.
The choice of raw material is based on the breed of the animal, which determines the color of the leather; health, since your health is reflected in the skin, in quality and texture; age (approximately 3 years), which is when the tissue is developed, and weight, which will determine performance.
Once in the workshop, begin with remove the fat, a fundamental step to prevent bacteria from accumulating on the leather.
This process is manual, and a knife is made.
Remove of hair is also done by knife, in the direction of the hair so as not to damage the grain of the leather, which is what you are going to work with.
At this stage it is evident that the animal's fur and skin are the same color. Therefore, to maintain its tonality, the flower, which is the delicate upper layer of the skin, must be cared for.
After peeling is complete, the leather is staked to straighten its fibers and stretch it.
This process will last until the leather is completely dry, at which point it will be translucent.
Once dry, the leather is ready to be softened. This process is long and laborious, and is essential for the excellence of the finished product.
For 18 days, the leather strips pass through the sobadora, a machine with rollers that smooths it and separates its fibers delicately, to obtain an extremely soft and malleable leather, with which the best pieces of rawhide are made.