What type of leather do you use?
I like to use vegetable-tanned English bridle leather which looks good as well as being strong and durable. Vegetable tanning uses only natural tannins so this reduces the negative impact on the environment.
Occasionally I use other types of leather for certain items or custom work but if you have particular preferences please contact me.
Where does your leather come from?
The majority of my bridle leather comes from Sedgewicks or other English tanneries. All leather is a by-product of the meat trade so I like the way that leather-working is a chance to use waste materials.
Occasionally when I have specific requests for exotic leathers I may have to source them from abroad but every effort is made to ensure it is ethically sourced.
I’m worried my measurements aren’t accurate, will my item still fit?
All of my leatherwork (unless specified otherwise) has multiple holes so I will aim to have at least two holes either side of the measurement you provide. I provide a measuring guide to try and provide some tips on measuring for your item but if you still have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. If for any reason you would like some extra holes included please contact me.
What is the difference between hand stitching and machine stitching?
There are benefits to both machine stitching and hand stitching. Machine stitching is obviously much quicker but hand stitching is stronger.
Sewing machines stitch in what is called a “Locking-stitch”, the two threads run along the two sides of the leather and interlock in the stitch holes. The downside to this stitch is that if the thread breaks, all the stitches can unravel. When hand stitching, two needles are used and cross over in each stitch hole. This means that even if a thread breaks the rest of the stitches can hold.
Does my leather need any treatment before I use it?
No, modern leather doesn’t require oiling before use. Don’t be concerned if it seems a little stiff, this is just proof that the leather is good quality and it will soften over time. I like to give my leatherwork a treatment with some leather balm before it goes to the customer just to help restore any moisture and oils that may have been lost through the making process. For more advice on caring for your leatherwork, visit my Leathercare page.