K&H Leatherworks – Beagle coin pouch

K&H Leatherworks is an up and coming workshop that’s popped onto my radar this year. Tucker Gasho first began leather working in 2017, driven by a desire to create with his own hands. My meeting with Tucker digitally comes at an exciting time for K&H, which is gradually becoming a full time pursuit.

K&H is short for “Koda & Hobbes” by the way, the names of Tucker’s pet dog & cat. At this time, all of K&H’s wallets are named after dog breeds, which is a pretty neat idea.

Tucker’s coin pouches made quite an impression on me; given that it is not often I’m attracted to smaller pieces, I thought his “Beagle” pouch was worth showcasing on this blog.

This particular Beagle coin pouch was made as a reverse version of Tucker’s own coin pouch, based on our shared liking of natural & organic colours. This little Beagle is rather fun – let’s take a closer look.

 

Design

The Beagle coin pouch is a double layered, bifold pouch design.

It measures 8 cm tall and 9 cm wide, being slightly less than palm-sized.

The spine measures 5.5 cm.

The flat layout is a figure-8 in shape.

When loaded and compressed, the Beagles comes in at 8 mm thick.

Opened up, you’ll see the mouth of the pouch on the top portion of the Beagle, the widest point measuring 7 cm.

Coins are held in the lower portion of the pouch, which is sealed off when the pouch is snapped shut.

 

Leather

This particular Beagle is a customised version, being made from Badalassi Carlo’s Pueblo leather, in the Walnut and Olive colours.

The leathers used here measure 3 oz (1.2 mm).

This very curious Italian leather has become quite popular recently, especially with makers of minimalist or gentlemen’s style carry goods.

Pueblo is a top grain leather, cut from the shoulder of cattle, being fully vegetable tanned, dyed through and having quite a bit of oil.

The surface is distressed in such a way to produce variegation, and the grain definition (pores) is not visible when new.

Over time, the contrasting texture will begin to fade, and the grain growth will increase in visibility. The colour darkens and the sheen increases relatively quickly too – I attribute this to the oily nature of the Pueblo.

The texture is somewhat fluffy and suede-like at first, the temper is firmer than other Italian leathers, but not quite as stiff as Buttero leather. They have a similar smell…buttery, almost sweet.

 

Function

The Beagle has been made for one purpose: carrying coins.

As a coin case, it performs as intended, being able to carry a fist full of coins.

The Beagle folds easily and snaps to closure securely.

Its relatively small size allows it to slip into all types of pockets, whether it be on vests or pants.

Simple, but functional.

 

Construct

The Beagle is an entirely handmade piece.

The panels have been hand-cut and hand-sewn.

The curved edges are smooth and the panels well matched.

The saddle-stitching is sewn with thick, green polyester thread, coming in at 6 SPI.

The coated brass snap is firmly installed.

The K&H logo is inked onto the backside of the leather on the top portion.

A smaller logo is stamped onto the grain on the bottom portion.

The edges are sanded and burnished, all completed by hand.

The edges of the internal opening has been finished too.

 

Thoughts

This Beagle coin pouch is my first piece from Tucker at K&H Leatherworks, and I’m impressed by the calibre of this coin case given the relative youth of his crafting. The Beagle has stood out, for me, among his current works as a piece that is particularly pleasing to the eye, and also meeting my personal needs.

I’m not a minimalist when it comes to wallets, and my preferred carry style is a combination of a bifold/mid-wallet and a coin pouch. Whilst there is no end to folded, full-sized wallets, nice leather coin pouches are a rarity. Certainly, a pouch like the Beagle, featuring the same hand-made detailing found on wallets, is hard to find.

During the creation of this review, I found the Beagle to be exceptionally photogenic – much easier to photograph compared with most card wallets and pouches. The circular shape and the relatively thick thread compared with the small size of the piece contribute to a very pleasing look. With the use of natural colours, the Beagle has an organic aesthetic. I’ve found it to combine very well with fabrics of all sorts, anything from indigo denim to much more complex weaves.

Tucker, being a denim head himself, seems to also value ruggedness – the Beagle, afterall, was made fairly sturdy despite its relatively small footprint. When folded, the pouch offers almost 5 mm of folded leather. This helps the Beagle keep its shape, even with the punishment that comes from back-pocket carriage.

Whilst relatively small – it is a coin pouch after all – the clean layout allows the Beagle to showcase the Pueblo leathers very well. I neither like nor dislike the Pueblo leather: on one hand, it is stunning on fine leather goods when new, but on the other, it is not a good choice for leather purists as the grain has been purposely distorted. I must concede, however, that Badalassi Carlo does colours better than most Japanese and American tanneries, and the use of the Pueblo on my Beagle pouch is one of the main reasons why it is so photogenic.

Tucker’s dedication to the hand-made process is commendable. Even on a smaller piece, no short cuts have been taken. The same cutting, sewing, sanding and burnishing all completed by hand, as they would be on larger wallets. Given the K&H workshop is only less than 2 years old, I’d say the quality of the work here is beyond what I’d expect for a new craftsman. It’ll be exciting to see how far Tucker can go with leather work in the next couple of years, as he begins to dedicate more time to K&H.

The Beagle has much potential as a design. First, a finer edge finish will certainly elevate its appearance further. Also, the Beagle would be a fantastic showcase for wild leather and thread colour combos. Finally, for a top tier experience, I could see custom hardware being used instead of brass snaps.

All in all, much like a Beagle dog, this Beagle coin pouch is a trusty & sturdy companion. It is rare that a smaller piece catches my eye, and the Beagle has to be my favourite coin pouch so far. Tucker will have the Beagle available in stock saddle leathers from Wickett & Craig, with a choice of nickel/brass/black snaps, but I reckon it might well be worthwhile to have a custom order for colour combos of your choice.

At $85 USD per Beagle, the pricing falls firmly in the minimalist card wallet range. Yet, the Beagle has great utility by the simple fact that it has been made to only carry coins, and thus it is something that everyone can enjoy, even as a side piece for folks who are into larger wallets. For collectors too, the Beagle is a fantastic way to showcase leathers, and, truth be told, I wouldn’t mind a few more Beagles in weird & wonderful leathers.

Definitely, check out the Beagle and some of Tucker’s other work at K&H Leatherworks’ website. I see much potential in this workshop, and hopefully I’ll be able to showcase more of Tucker’s new designs in the next couple of years.

In the mean time, you can either contact Tucker through his website or via Instagram (@khleather) for some custom Beagle action.

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