Welcome Bill of Leatherbeaten to the Community Interview!

Victoria Victoria
Leather isn’t all about whips and paddles. There are leather pieces for many lifestyles and types of play. If the thought of handcrafted goods appeals to you and you want quality – these pieces are where attention to detail counts. Supple or stiff, quality leather can’t be faked. The same goes for using good hardware and implementing smart design. This all sounds like serious business, right? So how is it that the owner of Leatherbeaten can be so funny and lighthearted? That is not what I expected!

Bill has been all over the forums giving advice and telling it like it is about leather since joining Eden Link. His candor is much appreciated – talking about what it’s really like to work on leather pieces, how a variety of faux-leather is actually terrible for the environment, and how hard it can be to source material locally. Then there are the threads where he gives sex and relationship advice – which has been touching and too funny at times, suggesting some delightful French vanilla ice cream to spice up ball-licking. Ya kinda never know what crazy story or totally left-field suggestion Billy may have next. And I love that! It feels like we actually know this guy – we get his personality, we see that he cares about what we’re saying and takes time to actually hang out with us. That’s just awesome, in my opinion!

I’m betting there’s still a lot to learn about leatherworking, the products, the company and the man! I know I can’t wait to see how this interview unfolds – there will surely be a lot of “huh, wow” moments and laughter too. There’s nothing like an informative yet entertaining read.

Ask as many questions as you’d like; you can even post about and link to the interview from your blog if you want to. Feel free to share your thoughts!

Who doesn’t love a sale and prizes? I’ll be announcing special Leatherbeaten promotions and the prizes for best questions in the interview - stay tuned for those details! I’ll add them to this thread and tweet them

The interview is open for questions from today (November 24th) – December 2nd.

We are so excited for this interview – it’s bound to be both funny and educational! Welcome Billy and Leatherbeaten!
11/24/2009
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I can't wait to learn more about he art of leather making. It is such an old and now forgotten craft it is nice to see people still investing the time to learn.
11/24/2009
Victoria Victoria
Wanna know what the prizes are for best questions in the interview? Of course, you do!

1st prize (aka The Grand Prize): An email consultation with Bill Ditchburn to make you a custom leather piece (a $200 value)!!!

2nd prize: A $50 Eden Fantasys gift card

3rd prize: A $25 Eden Fantasys gift card.

Exciting, huh? Imagine being able to customize your own leather piece! Billy will be choosing the winners next Friday, after the interview questions submission ends.

Good luck!
11/25/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by Victoria
Wanna know what the prizes are for best questions in the interview? Of course, you do!

1st prize (aka The Grand Prize): An email consultation with Bill Ditchburn to make you a custom leather piece (a $200 value)!!!

2nd prize: A $50 ... More
Woot! More awesome prizes from an awesome Eden Link manufacturer.
11/25/2009
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
Woot! More awesome prizes from an awesome Eden Link manufacturer.
Yup - awesome and one of a kind!
11/25/2009
Sammi Sammi
Wow! Definitely awesome prizes!
11/25/2009
Sir Sir
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Originally posted by Sammi
Wow! Definitely awesome prizes!
I agree!
11/25/2009
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
What a great interview so far! I'm amazed at how quickly and thoroughly questions are already being answered, with his usual flair for good stories and great sense of humor. Though I shouldn't be surprised, he's been such an active member of the community since Leatherbeaten joined EdenLink. He's been such a fun fountain of knowledge and funny anecdotes, I can't wait to see the rest of the answers he comes up with for us!
11/26/2009
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by Luscious Lily
What a great interview so far! I'm amazed at how quickly and thoroughly questions are already being answered, with his usual flair for good stories and great sense of humor. Though I shouldn't be surprised, he's been such an active member ... More
I totally agree - he is super active and approachable. His interview answers have been been just amazing and have made my day each time I read the new answers, what an amazing, interesting life and what practical and stimulating advice and beliefs. I am loving this interview!
11/27/2009
Red Red
He answers soooooo fast. I keep thinking "this is probably the last question I have" and then....poof...another leaps to mind. and then....poof......a day later there's an answer Billy rules.
11/27/2009
Victoria Victoria
Cool - the interview even made it into AVN! Must be because Billy rocks so hard!
11/30/2009
Sir Sir
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Originally posted by Victoria
Cool - the interview even made it into AVN! Must be because Billy rocks so hard!
That's great! Wonderful interview, Billy's a great guy.
11/30/2009
Bill Ditchburn Bill Ditchburn
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
Cool - the interview even made it into AVN! Must be because Billy rocks so hard!
Yeah, Victoria, that'll be it, I expect... nothing to do with your monster marketing might, eh?
12/02/2009
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by Bill Ditchburn
Yeah, Victoria, that'll be it, I expect... nothing to do with your monster marketing might, eh?
Ok, maybe it's a little bit of my marketing prowess... but you *do* rock pretty hard, man. And look, you're in XBiz too!
12/02/2009
NuMe NuMe
Even though I never thought of a question to ask, I have been following the review. I have been reading every little last bit of it. And I agree with Victoria, You Rock!
12/03/2009
Bill Ditchburn Bill Ditchburn
You've all been very kind. It's going to be really hard to pick a best question out of that lot, so I'm not going to. I'm going to get my partner, co-owner and co-president Kristina to do it! She'll be her usual no-nonsense, ruthless but fair self.

Watch this space!
12/04/2009
Sir Sir
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Originally posted by Bill Ditchburn
You've all been very kind. It's going to be really hard to pick a best question out of that lot, so I'm not going to. I'm going to get my partner, co-owner and co-president Kristina to do it! She'll be her usual no-nonsense, ... More
Sounds wonderful, Bill! And whoever Kristina picks is certainly a lucky one!
12/04/2009
Victoria Victoria
So...Billy emailed me and I have the the winners handpicked by the lovely Co-Owner and Co-President of Leatherbeaten, Kristina.... (drumroll plz)

3rd prize, a $25 Eden gift card, goes to Miss Cinnamon!

2nd prize, a $50 Eden gift card, goes to EarthquakePixie!

And 1st prize, an email/phone consultation with Bill Ditchburn to make you a custom leather piece (a $200 value) goes to Red!

Major kudos to all 3 of you and thank you to everyone who asked questions in this fabulous and totally eccentric interview!!! BIG THANKS to Billy and Kristina for the interview and the awesome grand prize!
12/08/2009
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Victoria
So...Billy emailed me and I have the the winners handpicked by the lovely Co-Owner and Co-President of Leatherbeaten, Kristina.... (drumroll plz)

3rd prize, a $25 Eden gift card, goes to Miss Cinnamon!

2nd prize, a $50 Eden gift card, ... More
Congrats!
12/08/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
So...Billy emailed me and I have the the winners handpicked by the lovely Co-Owner and Co-President of Leatherbeaten, Kristina.... (drumroll plz)

3rd prize, a $25 Eden gift card, goes to Miss Cinnamon!

2nd prize, a $50 Eden gift card, ... More
Hooray! Just in time for the holidays, too

Congrats to EarthquakePixie and Red on their prizes! I hope Red will post pics of her custom leather piece when she gets it!

Thanks to EF and Billy & Kristina for another great interview!
12/08/2009
NuMe NuMe
Wow! Congratulations Red, EarthquakePixie and Miss Cinnamon!
12/08/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Wooohooo! Congrats, guys!
12/08/2009
oliverHyde oliverHyde
YAY! Thank you!!! Congrats Red and Miss Cinnamon!
12/08/2009
Gary Gary
That is awesome! Congratulations everyone!
12/08/2009
Sammi Sammi
Congratulations!
12/08/2009
Red Red
Oh, now that is some cool news Congrats to Earthquakepixie and Ms. Cinnamon as well! I will totally post pictures - man, I
12/09/2009
Red Red
...somehow posted without finishing...

I am going to have to put some thinking into this!

Thank you so much Eden Fantasys and Leatherbeaten!
12/09/2009
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