Leather Size of Full Butt & Belt cutting

Those of you that have done a course with me will remember me saying that I rarely by leather from the butt as I generally use shoulder.  However I took the opportunity of this offering from Le Prevo for a Full Butt of Italian Natural veg tan in 3-3.5mm primarily as I needed belt strips … Read more

Manorside Leather

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the delightful team from Manorside Fabrics to give them a workshop in working with Veg Tan leather from their own stock. They have a sister company called Manorside Leather which, as you will see from the pictures, Stocks a huge range of chrome leathers and a limited, … Read more

Leather and Ash Stool

After completing the Ash dowl and leather chair the folding stool was next on my list of projects.  In many ways more difficult than the chair (to get everything to sit flat rather than twisted) but a very comfortable and useful stool.

Leather Strap Cutting – Workspace

My studio is 9.5 x 12 feet so not small at 114 sq ft but with a couple of work benches and some shelving the floor space left is not enough to roll out a full shoulder when its time to cut some straps. It is not everyday that this is necessary so what is … Read more

GG Leather Tools

Graham Williams was for many years a tool maker at the Joseph Dixon tool works in Walsall. With the imminent demise of the company Graham set to and created his own little workshop to continue the tradition of hand made leatherwork tool in Walsall. I have used his American race (right in the pic) for … Read more

Leather & Ash Chair – Shaker Style

I have been thinking about making a chair with a leather seat and back for many years and was again spured into action by reading Otis Ingram’s book ‘Leatherworks’ which feature a similar chair and a stool/bench. I say similar is as much as both his and mine use dowel as the main woodwork component … Read more

Japanese Leatherwork Knife

I first got interested in the Japanese style leatherworkers knife after I caught something on YouTube showing the Olfa BTC-1 tool being used as a leatherworkers knife. It is available online but in the UK it is sold as a paint scraper (getting paint off windows) so I purchased mine from the Deluxe Trade Centre … Read more

Wood & Leather

Inspired but the book ‘Leatherworkes’ by Otis Ingrams I set too and made a waste basket which has a 300mm diameter x 30mm Ash disc as its base with the total bin height of 380mm.   Playing with the concept led me to downsizing the concept to the much smaller pen pot and then catch … Read more

Cutting Copper Rivets

For a long long time I used standard side cutters/wire cutters to cut copper saddlers rivets to the correct length, with some difficulty! What a revelation to find that the correct tool to use is End Nippers from Maun Industries which cut through them like a hot knife through butter – highly recommended. You can … Read more

Leatherwork Secrets – a Big Book!

Little did I appreciate when Carolyn sent me the above picture of a book she had acquired what a whopper it was until she brought it over for me to have a look at. The pages are on a thick cartridge paper with the biggest being some 4ft long as you can see in the … Read more