Gladstone Bag Repair

A lady brought me this bag that was her Grandfather’s bag, made about 80 years ago. Some stitching had failed and one of the side walls had collapsed. Here’s what I did to repair it.

You can see how the side wall had collapsed. Looking inside, after removing the deteriorating lining, the reinforcing cardboard was broken.

To straighten this out I soaked the cardboard to soften it, then flattened it out and left it to dry with weights holding it down. Once dry I glued a new reinforcing piece of cardboard in place.

Next up was time to fix the holes in the corners where the stitching had deteriorated.

There were two ways to fix this. The first was to remove the metal frame around the opening, remove the reinforcing cardboard and turn the bag inside out. This seemed too big a job and I was in danger of not finding the correct rivets to attach the frame again. So I opted to wearing a head torch, and using a curved needle to work from inside the bag! Quite fiddly but possible.

Finally the bag needed a good clean, oil and wax, and it was ready to go. A beautiful little thing. I’d love to work on more of these. An absolute pleasure.

If you have an old and cherished leather item that’s in need of some love and repair then please drop me a line with some photos. I’d love to help.

Brady’s Fly-fishing Creel Basket Repair

I was very fortunate to be asked to replace the leather straps on this beautiful old fly-fishing creel basket.

It was bought by the owners at a recent auction, complete with the original canvas bag still in good condition.

The original leather strap was very brittle and had broken in several places so the owner asked me to replace them with new oak bark tanned leather straps.

I used new chicago screws to attach the loops and tabs to the basket and have re-used the original brass buckles.

I also attached two new D-rings to allow the owners to clip on a shoulder strap, and reattached the loop for clipping on the landing net.

Look out for it hanging from the shoulder of Edwin as he fly fishes in the Eden valley and other wonderful locations around Lancashire and Cumbria!

Please drop me a line if you have any old leather that needs repairing. I’ll have a look and happily give you a quote.