We've had a laser in the corner of the workshop for the best part of 15 years now. In that time it's had two new laser tubes, new power supply, new motherboard and a replacement water pump, but it's still the same old laser. We use it to put images on various leather goods although by far the most populous of these is vambraces. Most of the images in the catalogue also date back about ... read more ›
I've found the various finishes and colourings you can get on leather a constant fascination. While as a general rule most of our stuff is produced in black and brown it's always fun to play with colours, either making the whole item out of a coloured leather or using colour to pick out details such as in the applique satchels.
There's also the fun of putting colour into t... read more ›
A few years ago there was a game called Odyssey, set in a mythical greco roman world. One of the races, the Cartheginians were described as being armoured in the skin of beasts. That set me thinking and I decided to make a cuirass with hair on it. Casting around the only hair on leather that could be had at a reasonable price was goat. Goat is a little thin to make decent armour so I stitched it o... read more ›
Quite a while ago I settled on a one size fits most pattern for our vambraces. WIth four inches of adjustment they've mostly proved up to the task set them. Those peple who fell outside this range I was quite happy to offer a custom fit for the same pricce, in most cases it only involved moving the pattern around a bit.
Recently though we've had a number of request for a smaller size as... read more ›
Occasionally we get slightly random requests. This one was for a costume for a bonfire society do. The customer's father had started their bonfire society 50 years ago with the theme of Mongols and the customer wanted to celebrate the anniversary by going back to that theme. All we had was a picture off the internet and a budget.
Working to a budget is easy in some ways and tricky in others... read more ›