Had an amazing weekend with my wife Sandi and our good friends up at the cottage on Crystal Lake in the Kawarthas (Ontario, Canada). It was so refreshing to get out of the city and spend quality time with each other over good food, good beer, the fresh air, and no cell phone reception.
9:23 pm • 20 May 2014 • 23 notes
Sunday afternoon hangouts on the balcony with my pretty wife.
7:20 am • 14 April 2014 • 3 notes
Latest off the bench: 2 passport wallets, a pencil case and a natural veg tan bifold wallet.
The second picture shows the same wallet that I made a year ago, against the brand new one. The patina that natural veg tan develops is s beautiful, and now patina is the same. Each piece wears and ages with use of the carrier.
8:22 pm • 30 March 2014 • 9 notes
This is a passport wallet I made. I included a sleeve on the right for the passport, and a bill/document sleeve with two card slots on the left. I hand-dyed the leather with a mixture of Fiebing’s Saddle-Tan and Fiebing’s Dark Brown (both oil based). The colour up being a medium brown with a hint of orange. I included a double snap closure, and sanded, burnished and polished all the edges.
5:37 pm • 5 January 2014 • 121 notes
I made some Christmas gifts for the family this year. I made my wife a natural veg tan coin pouch, my brother in law a bi-fold wallet (hand-dyed dark brown) and glasses cases for my dad and father in law (both hand-dyed dark brown).
9:02 am • 28 December 2013 • 8 notes
The latest off the bench is another tobacco pouch. This time with a snap enclosure.
7:52 pm • 5 November 2013 • 4 notes
A carpenter friend of mine asked me to make him a wallet for his hand scrapers similar to this:
He needed the wallet to hold 4 large scrapers, and one small one. I drew up the template, and cut out the pieces from a piece of veg tan, and dyed it with Fiebing’s Saddle Tan oil dye.
While that was drying, I made 3 separator sleeves to go inside the wallet, to protect the individual scrapers from scratching against each other. I made the sleeves from canvas.
Once everything was dry, I finished the edges, installed all the hardware, stitched on the small rear pocket for the small scraper, and stitched the sleeves in/wallet together.
9:50 pm • 4 September 2013 • 8 notes
“I learned a man’s gotta be alot tougher then the timber he’s cutting.”
— Johnny Cash (via thatkindofwoman)
(Source: prime-northwest, via coldwindandiron)
8:48 am • 6 August 2013 • 3,887 notes
I Finally got ahold of some olive green heavy canvas and can start constructing my roll-top rucksack. It will be day-trip/overnight/commuter bag. Fairly simple with canvas construction, leather strapping and brass hardware. This is my first attempt at bag making, so we’ll see how it goes.
I think I may wax the canvas with an equal blend of beeswax and paraffin wax for waterproofing.
The lighter weight, untreated canvas shown in the picture is for prototyping (it’s cheaper to screw up than the heavy weight cotton canvas). Once I have the design/pattern down, I’ll construct the final version with the olive green canvas.
I’ll post progress as it moves along.
12:01 pm • 4 August 2013 • 11 notes
My wife’s beautiful smile on our LA stop during our road trip. Love her. x
4:08 pm • 22 July 2013 • 1 note