Joe Manthei

In 2011 after a life-changing vacation to Iceland, Fiskur Leather was born and Icelandic fish leather started being imported. Although simple bookmarks were the first items Joe created, he moved on to quilt-block artwork and cell phone cases. Wallets were a struggle before he developed a simple pattern for using all of one side of a salmon. His minimalist fish-leather wallet fits easily in a front or back pocket. His line of Fiskuroo (fish + kangaroo) bifold & trifold wallets “wear like iron”.

In 2018 he increased his project creativity and skills set and started building Market Tote Bags (large & small), Bucket bags, Messenger & Laptop bags and just finished his first briefcase. A small “weekender” bag and two sizes of a men’s toiletry bag (Dopp kit) have been created in early 2019. Leather aprons now hold his fancy.

Joe and his wife, Pam, live in Mora Minnesota. They have four grown sons, three daughters in marriage and four grandchildren. Although retired from nursing in 2015, he currently works in the Mora school district as a substitute teacher/substitute school nurse when not creating with fish leather.


Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888


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