Bogu Bag – Protection equipment for Kendo bag

For those of you who are Kendo enthusiasts and have found this blog due to the title you will appreciate the fine work and Japanese esthetic of this wonderful work from one of my dearest leatherwork students, Deirdre from Northern Ireland, who featured in my blog in August 2014 when she was a newbie leatherworker. … Read more

Saddlers Clamp Workstation

This saddlers clam workstation was inspired by Nigel Armitage – (check out his YouTube Videos) it really is the most useful piece of kit for relaxing leatherwork stitching as it is totally self supporting. It was nick named stumpy by one of my students, Gareth who has since gone on to make one.

Mora Knife sharpening

Most of you who have been on one of my courses will have been given a Mora bushcraft knife and made a sheath to go with it. Here is a great video of Ben Orford made by Zed Outdoors to show you how to keep it sharp and in tip top condition.  

Leather Archery Gear – with a little wood thrown in!

I have teamed up with Marc Grady of:- The Longbow Emporium – near Hereford http://www.longbowemporium.co.uk/index.html – to make leather archery gear for him. Marc is a master Bowyer  and has so many longbows to make he does not have the time to complete the leatherwork he is asked to make, so has invited me to … Read more

No Sew leather bag – Becky

I had a student recently who needed to make things with visitors to  country park with a strong leather link. One of the things we came up with was this bag which is either a big pencil case or a small clutch bag. and Indeed Becky is going to use it for a wedding this … Read more

Belt bag – Purse – possibles pouch

Belt Bag

Christina came on a 2 day introduction to Leatherwork Course with a mission in mind to make a Navy Blue Belt and Bag to be worn over her Navy blue winter wool coat when she was out walking and wanted her hands free to manage the dogs but needed to safely carry her phone, credit … Read more

Dog Collars and Leads – Hand made leather

Dog lover Fleur visited me for a 2 day course to explore her love of dog collars and leads and how to make them. As well as completing the three projects for day 1 to a very high standard she made 2 collars and leads on day 2 which was very fast work. She made … Read more

Abbey England Catalogue Link

Abbey England are trade suppliers to the saddlery and allied trades and have a very good animated catalogue for you to peruse. Click on the link below to be directed to it:- Click here    

Clutch Bag

I have had 2 students over the past few weeks who wanted to make a small clutch bag which we achieved to their satisfaction but I was thinking on my feet a little as I have not undertaken much on a smaller scale and with narrow gussets. Post those events and with my daughters birthday … Read more

Glasses Case

My Sister Lynne and her husband Peter, both wanted a softer style glasses case as their birthday present. I have made plenty of complicated ones in the past which can be fiddly and under most circumstances over engineered so I decided to revisit the simple slip case but to elevate it by adding a velvety … Read more