Happy New Year Sale!

15% off my Leather Items in my Etsy Shop

I’m running a sale for the rest of January on all the items I have in stock in my Etsy shop! These are the READY TO POST items. Here’s a few examples:

Italian Leather Tote Bags: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/718736760/
Pocket knives and pouches

Joseph Rodgers Pocket Knife: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1107376816
Whitby Pocket Knife: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1105712205
George Wostenholm Pruning Knife: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1105650393
Whitby Large Pocket Knife: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/845772759

Pocket notebook and phone case: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1051560965
Necklace knife: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/824743138
Rite in the Rain Notepad: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1037581822
Green A5 Luxury British Oak Bark Tanned Leather Notebook Cover: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1103338912
Mora carving knives: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1107358784
Brown A4 Luxury British and Italian Leather Notebook Cover: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1103342498
Coin or Guitar Pick Pouch Leather Keyring: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/722084615
Leather Moleskine or Leuchtturm Cover Pocket Size Notebook: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1108353289
Rectangular Coin Purse: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/601779840
Leather Cover for a Pocket Size A6 Journal Notebook: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/959231521
Leather Jotter Pad for A6 card and paper: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1001098718

…plus lots more!…

Head over to my shop here and look for the items that say “15% off”!

Here’s to a Happy 2022. I reckon it could actually be a good one!

Leather Quiver

I was delighted to be asked to make a bespoke quiver as a Christmas present for my customer’s son, who’s an archery fanatic.

They wanted it to be wearable from the belt and to hold a load of arrows!

There’s a pouch on the outside to hold the stringer, tabs and other accessories.

The main section for the arrows is lined with black felts.

Hand-stitched British and Italian leather.

It should last him many archery seasons and hopefully one day it will appear on in tournaments!

Chef’s Canvas Knife Roll Lovingly Hand-Made by Dad!

This chef is someone very dear to me – he’s my son!

He’s currently training in college to be a chef and when he asked me if I could make him a knife roll I jumped at the challenge!

I thought I’d try working with canvas for this project. The edges have been bound with red leather. The main section holding the knives is made with leather. It rolls up and is held closed with two straps, and can be carried with a sturdy handle and shoulder strap.

To be honest this is likely to be the only knife roll I make from canvas. The main reason is that because I do all the stitching by hand it took far longer than if it were just leather. It took me about a week to make so any future ones would be pretty pricey!

A Case for the Scottish Spyglass

Whilst up in the Highlands of Scotland, north of Inverness, I met a man who manages 100 square kilometers of rugged mountains, forests, rivers and lochs. His name is Innes Macneill. A very knowledgeable and proud man of nature.

He saw my leather work and so sent his assistant to fetch his Spyglass. The challenge he had for me was to make a new case for it.

Both telescope and original case had lasted him 20 years but the case was starting to fall apart.

I love bespoke work so I was completely on board, even though there were a few unknowns I had yet to work out. The first challenge was working out how to mould the end pieces of leather to fit inside the tube.

Luckily he allowed me to take the old case and his spyglass away so I could make a new one to fit perfectly. This was a great honour, especially as he trusted me to take care of his precious instrument.

Innes uses his spyglass for sighting deer when stalking. The deer numbers need to be culled as there are no predators other than humans.

It is telescopic, with three sections sliding out, the last section allowing you to focus, giving a crystal clear view.

The second challenge was to learn how to line the inside with felt. I’ve never lined any of my work before so off to YouTube to find out how other people do it!

Once I’d worked out how I made a test piece, which I decided could be a dice cup (anyone want it?!)

Pleased with the result I started making the case from oak bark tanned British cow leather – a very traditional and rugged leather that will last for many years to come.

It took me two full days but I got there in the end. And what a pleasurable experience it was. I molded the ends by wetting circular pieces of leather and pushing them into the right-sized cup with a slightly smaller plastic bottle! Worked a treat!

Here’s the end result:

I made a short video to show you how it all fits together…

So, do you like what you see? Do you have an unusual leather need? Something you can’t just buy from the high street or Amazon? Drop me a line and I’d be happy to chat. Or maybe you also have a Gray & Company spyglass that needs a new case!

Kindle Covers

I’ve been making quite a few leather covers for Kindles and other e-readers recently. The two main designs are the vertical flap and the side flap. The Kindle is held in place with a strap at the top and corner tabs at the bottom. This allow all buttons and ports to be available for use. They work with the older Kindle versions and the new Paperwhite touchscreen versions.

Available to order from my Etsy shop:
Side Flap or Vertical Flap