There are two ways of testing a product: the use and abuse of everyday wear, and to field test them out on a road trip. Quite like the hundred acre watch strap’s journey, I took a chromexcel trio (the hundred acre watch strap, a sunglasses case and a traveler’s notebook) and the passport holder on a trip to the Sahara. The myraid conditions should age the leather nicely while testing out their field worthiness. Not like they were brand new anyway; all three products are more than a year old and have some the battle scars to show for it.
I’ve never been more clear in my belief that the moon and sixpence is first and foremost an expression, not a commercial pursuit. It serves as a vehicle for my artistic/craft pursuits, generates milestones for significant events and demonstrates gratitude. In this instance, I made 4 passport holders (now currently in version XI) to commemorate very important friendships over the last 6 months. Themes explored in the folder are congruent with recurring themes in the friendships, such as spacefaring, exploration, and the D&D expression of “rolling a 20”. Naturally, having to create 4 passport folders over a short period of time (involving considerable noctural working, in which I discovered Night by Ludovico Einaudi as a perfect backing track) also gave me the opportunity to streamline and tweak the design.
A belated post from a past project. 2 modified fountain pens (TWSBI Vac700 in amber, modified with a goulet 1.1 stub gold tone nib, and a TWSBI Vac700 in clear, modified with an 18k gold nib or a fine monteverde rhodium nib) called for 2 special homes, and I crafted them accordingly. Continue reading Sun and Moon Penholders
Back from a hiatus. Work has started, making leathercraft chiefly a secondary hobby. A few more items have transpired that lack documentation: a simplified VX passport holder, 2 or 3 pen holder experiments, and the present piece. Seeing as this project took up an entire Easter weekend, it warrants documentation even in the face of a busy work schedule.
Jaggers shares his DNA from the V8 passport holder. The general design remains similar but with added tweaks: the golden knob issue from the v8 has been solved, and there is a greater degree of symmetry in the overall design.
“Créer c’est vivre deux fois – To create is to live twice” -Albert Camus
I went back to notebook making as a way of dealing with the changes in my life. My humble art has, and always will be, a romantic notion rather than one for profit. It’s my therapy, my salve and my expression.
After nine versions of the passport holder, I’m proud to have come across a version that reflects the brand’s ethos and stylistic direction. I’m always itching to improve a design, but I don’t think I’ll be modifying this for a while.
It takes one full day to make a watch strap. The marginal utility of making multiple watch straps increases since this is due to time draining processes such as waiting for the edge-kote to dry. Anyway, a video:
This is the end result of the pyrography experiment earlier. Recalling the design philosophy of the brand, I embarked on what was probably my most ambitious passport holder yet. The principle structure came from a pouch I saw that was comprised of 2 bifolds; I decided the utilise the space in between as compartments in themselves thereby creating additional compartments.
The idea was that each of the compartments would hold different boarding passes and your passport, depending on which leg on the journey you were on. The Veg Tan pocket holds the outbound tickets, and the Horween pocket holds the return tickets. The SIM card compartment was something I found most passport holders to lack, which is a pity especially for seasoned travellers or professionals working overseas away from home. I think it’s useful to keep the SIM card with your passport too; after you take off you can get to changing your SIM card rightaway, allowing you to land at your destination all ready to take phonecalls and communicate. Or, more likely, to check your Facebook account.
I wanted something very functional and almost Ikea-esque in its ease of use. The traveller holding the bag is a little homage to that idea. As for the rest of the words, they are pyrographed in almost entirely freehand.