Leatherwork and Falconry >
What I make and a bit more about it...
I have been playing (seriously) with leather for nearly 5 years now. I enjoy the process and the close
association that leather working has to pattern making
and tailoring (which I also have done for nearly 30 years). It intrigues me that a natural product can be
manipulated to obtain so many different effects, and I feel my journey has just begun.
Good advice to those individuals who seem to need it: I claim copyright on my patterns and know how to
(and am unafraid to) protect
my commercial interests - if you want to make (or have someone else make for you) the same, contact me for permission first.
- Knife Sheaths:
This is where it all began - as a result of my sales of wood to knife makers.
No custom orders for sheaths or other leatherwork will be taken until further notice. I am currently
preparing for the Bristol Knife Show which will be held on 20 June 2010. After this date I may start
taking custom sheath orders again, but this will only be after I have cleared my backlog.
- Sheath Making Kits:
In my opinion, knifemaking kits available elsewhere are hopelessly overpriced for what they offer.
My 'kit' includes enough leather to make one sheath, and vary in price depending on what type of sheath
you want to make, and whether you require needles and thread or not. Free email advice is available
if you need it, plus I will happily draw a basic design for you to use as a guide when making.
- Belt and Possibles Pouches:
Made of quality veg tan leather and to my own designs, my pouches are built to last and with ease of use in mind.
- Key Cases, Specs Cases and Small Braids:
Including lanyards, key fobs and book covers - suitable for gifts or every day use. The keycases I make don't have those silly
individual key holding clips on them (that come out and get lost) - they use a sensible split ring system,
as designed by my Mom who is undeniably practical and inventive. These are unfussy, unadored, and yet very effective
and last well as they are reinforced properly. The specs cases are made using
Cuir Bouilli Technique. For more info on this method of working with
leather follow the link to a pdf file of research I put together on the subject.
- Braided tack:
For those who love horses and ponies and who wish to dress them well for competitions or special occasions,
I make the occasional braided halter or short hand-lead. This is always veg tan cow leather braided over a central
core of dacron for security. Because these are made for my pleasure and take a long time to make, there may not
always be stock available and they will be necessarily expensive.
- Pet Accoutrements:
I have pets myself, and I know just how much pleasure I feel when my beloved little friend is wearing something
beautiful, and yet pet-friendly and comfortable. I make these beaded collars and braided leads for my own personal
pleasure, so there may not always be items available. All collars are well-made and lined for comfort.
They fasten by means of either click-clips or buckles, so choose the most appropriate fastening and size for your
particular pet. All sorts of pets are catered for here, including a harness for taking your pet guinea pig,
bunny or rat for a walk (yes - they do make wonderful pets if you can handle the aroma).
Due to the inclusion of beadwork, dog collars are not really recommended for dogs that have
not been taught to not pull against the lead (for those I suggest you buy a Halti System - they soon
learn not to do it - and the method is one of the few endorsed by vets for kindness).
- I don't do big discounts for multiple purchases or cheap bulk orders.
- You have to buy a lot from me regularly to get any discount at all.
- I do consider small production orders, but you will pay a fair, professional rate for my work.