Scott (a.k.a. unlucky) of Don’t Mourn, Organize! has sent more leather wonders my way!
First up a couple of bracelets made of real bridle leather from Clayton of Chesterfield, UK.
The leather on these are thick and supple.
I especially love the texture of the darker one.
Another item made from Clayton bridle leather, this time in very dark brown.
Dark brown belt loop holder with Damascus Sam Brown button.
The button comes from a set of Damascus hardware (buckles, hooks, buttons…) that Scott had custom hand-made for him at a small factory.
Great looking steel, and I’m looking forward to trying out the new Damascus buckles in the future.
These Clayton leathers are very uniform in appearance, and can take a decent shine.
The grain definition isn’t popping out at me yet, but these will come with age.
Onto the wallets!
The first one is a horsehide wallet with mule deer sinew threading.
Scott began making these sinew threads from tendons during the Joe Hill belt project, and is beginning to develop the technique of using them on more complicated works (such as wallets).
The hard-rolled horse-butt is from Horween, developed for ornamental holsters and other intricate Western crafts.
The grain is amazing – lots of little rectangles and triangles jumping out on the grain!
The other wallet is made from Herman Oak natural strap leather.
Neat and simple – especially liking Scott’s beehive logo and the interesting shaping of the pockets.
Lots of potential for evo with wear on this wallet.
I might need some help breaking into these wallets!
A braided loop of kangaroo leather, currently dangling on my key-chain.
Roo skin, like camel leather, has exceptional tensile strength – great for braid work: belts, whips, hooks, etc.
And finally, something very special…
A tote bag made with grained Horween Chromexcel leather and Clayton hairsheep lining:
The construct is heavy-duty and sturdy, with riveting at points of stress.
The bag, by itself, is already quite heavy!
The grain texturing lends the bag a lot of character I think, and makes the leather rather hardy (Chromexcel is a very tough leather to begin with too!)
Very resistant to the element, much like it’s smoother grain cousins (which you can see on footwear made by Alden, Yuketen, Quoddy, Wolverine, White’s, etc.)
This Chromexcel leather has a nice pull-up effect, and the tone varies quite a bit in various shades on light.
And this leather is thick. Really thick:
This is full-grain Chromexcel!
Another nice touch by Scott – the top edge is lined with vegetable tanned hair-sheep leather, again from Clayton:
Hair-sheep leather is very soft, and wonderfully grainy.
I think it would be a good choice for ladies/formal leather goods!
This tote will go a long way yet – more updates to come 🙂