Patrick inherited his interest in upholstery work from
his Aunt Elaine when he was only 13 years old. She got him
started tearing down furniture pieces to the original frames.
His father, Donald Leak, was in the business for 36 years
and taught him everything he knew before he passed away.
"Popular design in upholstery has been greatly influenced
by public demands and labor costs. I still see each piece
as an individual work - its character achieved through attention
to line, proportion and detail."
Today we have spring-ready seats, knock-down assembly work,
powered staple guns and so on - but at the end of the day,
the materials still need to be fixed to the frames by human