Stage 1 - Leather selection
There are many, many different kinds and grades of leather but the first stage is to select the right piece of leather that will be best for the finished item on hand. All the leather we use is vegetable tanned but each piece has different properties depending on which type of animal it came from and where it came from on that animal.
We generally use bovine (cow/cattle) leather as it has a very good mix of all the properties that we require. We only ever use full grain leather and never top, corrected or split and the reason for this is that this is the strongest, most traditional, natural and also allows the item to develop a most beautiful patina over the many years of use it will get.
Stage 2 - Hand cutting
All items are then cut roughly to size by hand following patterns and templates that we have developed in-house. It is during this phase that our maker's mark is added to the relevant item.
Stage 3 - Dyeing
Once the rough cut has taken place then all the individual parts are hand oiled to ensure the best possible dye penetration. Then they are hand dyed using oil-based dyes that penetrate deep into the leather giving the best possible depth of colour. These items are then set aside to dry fully before the next stage. By hand dying it allows us the best possible control of the final colour but also means we can mix them if you want something really special and unique.
Once the dye is completely dry it then is hand buffed to remove any excess and then sealed to minimise any possible transfer.
Stage 4 - Glueing
If it is required then once all the items are dry they are glued together to ensure the best possible bond occurs.
Stage 5 - Stitching
Once the glue has set the final outline is cut ensuring the best possible result. A marking line is drawn a set distance from the final edge and then your selected stitching method, machine or saddle is used to provide the final join. On larger items, we set all our stitching beneath the leather’s surface to further protect it from any abrasion or snags so they really will last a lifetime.
Stage 6 - Edges and finishing
All edges are sanded, burnished with natural beeswax and the products are finished with the highest quality hide food and finally packaged ready for shipping.