Leelanau Trading Co Founder: Ted Gilmer


Ted Gilmer

A life-time craftsman and Michigan native, Ted Gilmer has been using his hands and creativity to create everything from wooden boats and kayaks, to leather golf bags and instrument cases. He founded the Leelanau Trading Co. with his wife, Ruth Gilmer, in 1993, and has since been selling his hand-crafted, American-made products to galleries, and catalogues all over the world.
Ted now finds himself spending much of his time designing and creating new items. When he is not in his work shop developing new ideas or tinkering with his tools, you can find him at different arts and craft shows all over the United States, spreading his love for leather and wood.

Ted Gilmer’s Gallery

2 Responses to “Leelanau Trading Co Founder: Ted Gilmer”

  1. Hello! I love your craftsmanship! I have purchased from you items before at St James in Louisville Ky. I was interested in your tote bag and was thinking I saw another like it but bigger at the show, maybe called the weekender, not for sure! Just looking for a bag which I can carry on the plane with!
    Thank you! Paula Ballard

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