Roy Murakami began leather crafting in Kitchener Ontario in the mid-1940s after learning tool and die at Westdale Technical School in Hamilton. His knowledge and skills as a tool maker elevated his hand crafting abilities allowing him to create some of the most finely finished Canadian made leather products within the industry.

After working 25 years in the leather accessory business in the region, Roy launched Bench Craft Leather out of his garage with the part time help of his family and incorporated in 1976.

In a very short time the industrial tool pouch division of Bench Craft became one of the largest manufacturers in the country and soon supplied all the largest retail chains at the time with a complete offering in the category. Today the focus is on high quality Heritage style leather-work with a cradle to grave Made in Canada pedigree.


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