Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kidskin, Cedar, Copper, Satin, Linnen.

Went out on the bike this morning looking for nice light to photograph this bag, which is the first in a collection of wood-leather pieces I've been working on.

It is a bit of a departure from my usual style in several ways:

This piece is made with Very Very Soft Kidskin, and it is lined with black Satin.

I'm often asked (in a slightly accusatory manner) why I don't generally use softer leather by folks who are accustomed to the soft chrome tanned leathers used in most commercial products. My answer is that the Vegetable tanned leathers that I use will break in and age gracefully and become very soft with occasional conditioning and normal use, while chrome tanned pieces will generally begin to look a bit tattered as the vinyl like finish is scratched off of the surface. I also like to dye and burnish my own pieces to give a unique finish which is limited with chrome tanned pieces. What you see is what you get. I also like my pieces to be sustainable, maintainable, long lasting and easily repairable and aging to a beautiful worn patina. I will refrain from the rant I have in me.

This piece is made from vegetable tanned Kidskin; and it does not get any softer than this. You will enjoy touching it.

It has a few little flaws that do not affect the function and will probably go unnoticed, but as such I'm offering it on sale in My Etsy Shop at a steep discount.

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