All our leather goods are handmade in our workshop. Our leather is sourced from outdoor bred cattle in the UK and is pit-tanned with vegetable matter to give a very tough and durable hide. It comes from 4 farms, 3 of which are certified organic. The story of our leather is very important to us, we wanted to find the most ethically sourced product we could as close to home as possible. The UK has some of the highest welfare standards in the world and for our purposes the durability of the leather from animals bred in our climate is perfect for our purposes, it has a very fibrous construction and a beautiful natural grain.
Leather is an incredible material and something that, at present, can’t be replicated with any other synthetic substitute. So our ethos is to buy the highest quality leather we can and to encourage everyone to maintain and nourish the finished products to give them as long a lifetime as possible. Respect for this organic natural resource can result in it lasting more than a hundred years with, at the end of its life, being biodegradable on the compost heap with a very small carbon footprint.
The leather is Veg Tanned which means it has been treated with vegetable matter such as bark or plant fibres as opposed to chemicals. This creates leather with the ability to be wet moulded to any shape, and to hold that shape. For our purpose this is perfect for locking a tool in place or for shaping leather to a required form. When it dries it holds the shape and hardens up. This method is perfect for making knife sheaths as it gives the ability of holding the knife securely in place without the need for fasteners and straps.
For all our handstitched products we use saddle stitch with a single length of thread. The stitching is marked out and the holes are made using a saddlers awl – this pushes through the leather separating the fibres which can then close around the stitching as opposed to drilling a hole which removes material and leaves a weaker finished product. Each stitch is effectively an overhand knot which means that it is strong and will not quickly unravel if a few individual stitches are damaged.
All our products are marked individually with our Celtic knot logo when wet. They are then left to dry in a warm location for a few days. Once they are thoroughly dry, but still warm, we apply a coat of Golden Mink Oil which feeds the leather. We then test the product to make sure the tools fit securely in place.
As our products are made individually by hand with natural materials natural variations in shade and texture may occur when ordering multiple items.
Our Range of colours
You can see and purchase our range of leather goods from our Online store by following this link