A good field watch deserves a good watch strap to match it, ideally something that can last as long as the watch itself, balance durability and charm, and can take a beating from the elements and yet look better for it.
After a long hiatus from experimentation with pyrography, I decided to try out an idea I’ve long been harbouring: pyrography on the rough side of the leather, in near-minimalist, instruction manual like layout. The instruction manuals of IKEA were my inspiration for this project.
The Traveller icon is a homage to the Ikea man from the manuals.
So my brother wanted to make a watch strap for his very handsome alpinist, and I was more than happy to help him. The end result was a beautiful green crafted strap with a suede backing, and a plethora of new methods and ideas.
Made from the scrap leftover leather from the clutch wallet. I do concede that the stitching could be a little neater, and it does get a little tight for most wide-bodied fountain pens (an Ohto or Pilot Decimo should be fine!), but all in all, the lustre of the leather and cork linings more than make up for the little silly human errors on this one. Goes to show how much more you can accomplish with a good starting point of a solid, quality piece of leather! Continue reading Another Penholder
To some extent this was my most ambitious project so far because of the potential for many mistakes, as well as the hours spent obsessing over the steps (for once I was actually spending more time on the procedural aspect of the item rather than the design!). But more significantly, I like this project because it was a way to push myself out of a malaise, and was a good way to benchmark my progress (especially regarding gussets: more on that later!) Continue reading Clutch Wallet
A small amount of extra time spent on finishing edges can make quite a lot of difference to the final product; it looks neater, more polished, and certainly more professional (for a hobbyist at least!) Even if you are going for the American, heavy rugged aesthetic, a finished edge is still more advisable for reasons of comfort.
Here’s how I finish my edges, demonstrated on a twinned pair of bracelets. It takes approximately 5 more minutes to finish the edge of the leather.
I know, I know, I was natting a little bit on Horween before but like I said, it is nevertheless a great leather tannery. So for my cousin’s birthday (cum Christmas present too… hopefully) I had a piece of Horween left from my exploits in UK and made a custom notebook for her, complete with Midori inserts.
It’s not hard to find Horween leather being used as a badge of quality. While Horween leather certainly has its perks, I caution against thinking that Horween is the end-all indicator of supremacy in a crafted product.
Every product is saddle stitched by hand. I’m not against automation especially when it gets the job done efficiently, but I hand sew because a hand sewn saddle stitched piece is much more durable than a machine sewn lockstitch. Done right, a saddle stitched item can outlast its owner.