Leather work

A gallery of some past leather working projects.

Most of these have been detailed in previous posts but with the continuing requests for information, I decided to make a “best of” gallery here with links to more detailed information if it exists.  I hope to continue to add to this page as the leatherwork is popular and is just about my favorite craft.  Nearly all of my projects are made from high quality, natural, vegetable tanned leather.  I really like the natural look so I don’t generally use a lot of stains.  However, since most people seem to like the stained look, I now use some dyes by request.  I also am experimenting with some natural ways to dye leather for effect other than just waxing and waiting for it to age.

DSC_0044 DSC_0042A laptop case made from natural, full grain shoulder leather.  Vegetable tanned and full of character.  It’s about 8 oz thickness and so provides some real protection for the computer. I’m pretty happy with the minimalist design and I love the brass button closure.

DSC_0039DSC_0040A small toiletries bag made from a wax-impregnated leather.  The design is essentially that of a very small 18th century portmanteau.  Included here are some of the basic tools-of-the-trade for scale and perspective.  I think leather work is appealing to me, in part, due to the honest simplicity and lack of power tools.  Most projects can be accomplished with a sharp knife, straight-edge, awl and some stitching needles.

DSC_006316″ open top Carry-All.  Described here.  I really like this design and I’m hoping to make some more to put up for sale in the coming year.  This one is dyed “tan” and is actually slightly darker in real life.

DSC_0062DSC_0061DSC_0059DSC_061318″ traditional haversack.  The original post is here.  This is a big traveler’s bag and is very sturdy.  It has a large main compartment and three pockets.




Student success.

Student success.


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14 thoughts on “Leather work

  1. I think I’m in love with your philosophy, dedication, and design. I found your page through the vardo project but am snooping around on all your other projects and I am IMPRESSED. Keep up the amazingness!

  2. Wow! Impressive work. I’ve been wanting to make ghillies (or the like) for me and my family. Do you know of a source for patterns and instructions? I’ve found a few patterns on google but no real details on how to modify for sizes and foot shapes. For a few sites that make them they ask for a few measurements including from the ankle around the instep so I assume there is some kind of formula? Thanks in advance!

  3. George, it’s Michael from Dirt Time. What is your e-mail address? (You can write to my e-mail, if you wish to keep your e-mail private). Aloha, Michael

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