Saturday, April 19, 2008

Deerhide Bags, With Love

Ounce for ounce, few commonly used leathers can match the tensile properties of deerhide. It's supple, yet surprisingly strong. Used for garments and bags; a well-made deerhide item will last for years and gain character as it ages.

I begin by laying out my own original patterns, taking the direction of the grain into consideration for each individual piece. I use a white upholstery pencil to mark them out -- it rubs off easily after I've cut the pieces. I use simple hand tools -- I cut the gusset with my trusty metal straightedge and a rotary cutter; all other pieces and laces are scissor-cut with a sharp pair of leather shears.

Every hole is punched with a drive-punch and mallet -- when you punch as many holes as I do, a squeeze-punch is not your friend!
Every step is done by hand -- each seam is stitched twice, once in each direction. This gives a good-looking v-stitch that is strong and stable. I use round-braid straps on most of my bags for the same reasons -- looks good, very strong.

A lot of love goes into each bag, and they are all unique creations. It gives me great satisfaction to create something that is both durable and attractive.

Fringe benefits of what I do... sorry for the pun ;-)

Here are a few, all done and looking great!

They are soft and sumptuous and feel every bit as good as they look! Deerhide is surprisingly easy to clean -- it's a very friendly and reliable leather! These can be viewed in my Etsy shop, linked at the top on the left.


Anonymous said...

excellent blogging! keep on keepin on...

aosLeather said...

okay ;-)