A few of the items I have made:-
The items below will be depicted in historical order with the most recent first.
Classic Car Tool Bag
My business partner is really into his classic cars and wanted an appropriate tool bag. I pulled this one together as a prototype form which he has ordered one in dark brown. It measure 14 x 6 x 6 inches which is a really useful size for all sorts of other hobbies e.g. a shooters cartridge bag.
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I acquired a big piece of blue chrome tan with elephant graining so decided to make a big tote for my daughter.
The pocket on the front is Blue Ostrich and the lining and hanging pocket are cotton.
Bodgers Leather Day
I spent a day coaching the Gloucestershire Bodgers on Sunday 10th March as they wanted to makes cases and sheaths for their tools here is what they managed in just 1 day.
David Cockroft made this sheath for a Bahco axe which he rates very highly considering it is less than £10 which compared to Grunsfor is a bargain.
Leather Covered Wooden Tool Box
I scrounged and old wooden box, a bit bigger than a cigar box, which used to hold drill bits to use as my basic leather tool kit. It has formed a sort of grab bag for when I need to take a kit of tools to work or the woods.
Once I got to tidying it up it was inevitable that I would cover it in leather with the rear piece acting as a hinge. It is lined with baize and has elastic straps in the lid to hold things in place.
For a list of the tools go to Hints & Tips section.
Canvas Every Day Bag
My old bag was getting very tatty and I was fed up with the lid flap - open shut open shut all day - so I thought I would try one without.
My little credit card/money wallet has proved really useful, but where to put it when not wearing a jacket?
A second belt case has been created to hold the wallet - which is the perfect solution.
I was forever scratching my reading glasses by pushing in a pencil and metal ruler into the case. I have developed this with a flexible s shape to separate this case into a combined glasses/pencil case.
Cross Body Bag
Just completed this small bag just for purse, phone etc - can be worn under a coat for security and has been voted a great success by Carol. Take a look in Hints and tips re leather.
and here is another in a rusty coloured suede for my daughters xmas present.
I needed a clock for the Shepherds hut so decided to make one from leather. it may not be obvious from this pic but it is wet formed into a domed shape.
4 Knife Sheath
I had three craft knives and a small pick knife from Ben Orford and thought that a sheath for each was a little overkill. With the there knives on their side they are quite compact and the blade edge does not touch the leather. It has a belt loop on the back and a little sheath on the front for the little pick knife.
Tool Bag 2
After the large tool bag I acquired more tools which filled the bag to overflowing with the smaller items getting lost. The only answer was a smaller hand tools bag with end pockets to keep my favourite knife at one and and the trusty ‘Leatherman’ at the other.
Tool Bag 1
I made this about 2 years ago to hold all my large green woodwork tools including a small forest axe. Its very chunky in 3mm natural leather which has not been dyed at all. When it was new it was just off white/pink but has aged to this saddle tan colour.The end panels/gussets are wider at the bottom than the top and are sewn to the single piece body of the bag. The handles have a piece of rope sewn inside to form a strong comfortable handle. This has served very well.
Ben Orford made me a very blingy knife with gold in the ting cracks in a lovely Yew handle - I decided it need a teally blingy sheath to with it.
In the past few months I have become a Great Uncle again with the arrival of Corwin and then Abi. I made these document cases so that they comfortably hold A5 documents so that there was somewhere for their parents to keep their birth certificates
Combining both crafts again with this Ash Frame Stool seated with leather strips which were joined with brass rivets underneath.
Spoon Knife Case
Spoon knifes are a devil to make a sheath for and boxes cause the blades to rub together. This holder is felt covered straw board which was then covered in leather. In use non of the blades touch and they cannot fall out.
Lap Top Cases
A more formal approach for a business colleague
And a more relaxed style for my own - I use the natural edge as a design feature a lot in my work.
I have since refined this by rounding the bottom corners which look much better.
A simple retro looking had case for a very modern camera - another present for daughter!
Sewing Square items is one of the trickier skills to master - here I incorporated a wooden lid to combine both crafts.
I took some photos of Ben and Louis Orford’s wedding - a wonderful experience, made them into a book and bound it with 3mm leather (a little to thick in hindsight) It was stained to look like tortoise shell.
The Scottish Bag
So called as John Hagger has a friend in Scotland who gave him the pattern. Its a small (180 x 120mm) purse with shoulder strap.
I made it for my daughter for her 21st. Dyed through Bergundy leather 2-3mm
This Key fob holds 2 x £1 coins, people love it for emergency car park and supermarket trolley money when they have run out of change.
Great Christmas present in 2010
Mary the volunteer cook at The Cherry Wood Project needed a bag to carry her essentials (or possibles) including her recipe note book on her daily track from yurt to kitchen to garden - many times a day. This is a very simple design with purely a flap closure to the bag, while the accompanying purse has a snap closure.
Keeping it simple the strap was adjusted to size and riveted to the bag with saddlers rivets.
This bag was made from soft, self covered leather bought in a junk shop I was told it was African. This was made before I had bought and brassware or fittings so had to make it just with thread and leather apart from the little piece of Yew wood as a closure.
There was even a pocket for my daughters first I-phone.
The nature of Vegetable Tanned leather is that it can be wet moulded into fabulous shapes.
Masks, bags and these delightful bowls being typical examples.
The oval dish was moulded on a glass dish I had in the cupboard with a leaf design, in relief on it underside.