We recently created a custom large Moleskine cover with a built in pen sheath. Over the years we've occasionally made covers that included a pen holder or loop, but were never really happy with it. This one, however, came out particularly nice and we're thinking of making it a regular option for the covers. I especially love the contrast between the brown Horween Chromexcel and the Mesa (Horween Derby) which is similar to the Chromexcel but full of extra character.
Just a quick post today to show a kangaroo leather Doublecross wallet we stitched in teal thread. This is going to look even better as the leather ages. As always, if you're interested in something you see here, don't hesitate to contact us!
A customer requested this checkbook wallet after seeing one we made a while back on Instagram. I forgot how nice these feel - I might even modify the design to add snaps. The outside piece of the checkbook cover is made with the same thinner chromexcel we use on the Flapjack Wallet, and the inside is natural chromexcel. This one has three pockets that hold the checkbook, a good number of bills, and extra paper or cards.
Feel free to email us if you'd like one for yourself!
This week's leather project is a thread snipper case/sheath. The snippers came with a plastic case, but we wanted something nicer. The case also needed to snap on securely so whether the snippers were thrown in a stitching pouch or hung up on a pegboard it wouldn't fall off. I used 2/3oz Hermann Oak vegtan leather, and gave it a coat of oil and leather wax. It will darken further in time with sunlight and more oil.
We've finished the kangaroo leather Doublecross wallet and here are our impressions. In the pictures you'll see the crafting process as well as comparisons with our regular chromexcel wallet. Now that we've worked with this leather, I can say that we are very happy with it. The feel of the leather is great, it tools and burnishes well, and it makes for an ultra thin yet durable wallet. We'll likely make a wallet for ourselves to see how it ages and tans over time.
In the comparisons below, you can see that the thinner leather reduces the overall thickness of the wallet visibly though not drastically. The 4oz chromexcel works really well for these wallets and they don't feel clunky or thick in the hand. However, if you're looking to get your wallet as thin as possible, the kangaroo wallet is basically the thickness of the cards themselves plus a little extra. Shoot us an email if you'd like one of these for yourself!
It's here! A customer requested one of our Doublecross wallets in this leather, and we’re glad to be trying it out because this is some really nice leather. It's thin, as you can see in the pictures, yet very strong. The surface feels smooth and durable… it almost feels soft compared to the vegetable tanned cow leather we have on hand. Both leathers are great, but the kangaroo will have some special uses. Because of its strength, it’ll be great for lacing material as well as super thin yet durable wallets. It’s also twice the cost of our normal leather so we’ll be somewhat selective with the projects we make with this one. In the next post we’ll talk about making the Doublecross wallet out of the kangaroo leather and our thoughts after actually working with it.
Our first episode of life in the Inkleaf workshop! We're putting together short weekly videos that highlight a variety of workshop processes and happenings. You'll see our regular day to day leather crafting as well as special projects, custom orders, and new materials and tools. There may even be occasional discussions on running a small craft business. Click through the video above to watch on Youtube and subscribe to our channel!
Another year has begun, and we find ourselves thinking on our goals for 2016. One thing we'd like to do more of this year is one off projects. Especially interesting and useful leather pieces for our leather tools and art tools. Maybe some pouches. Or a mini-bag for our little nephew. Definitely some tool sheaths. Some of these projects might even find their way into our regular product lineup, but our focus will be on unique items rather than production.
The first explorations will likely be made of kangaroo leather. That's a first for us. It's thin yet very strong, and may open up some interesting project possibilities. For starters, we're thinking about thin wallet designs and pouches for watercolor travel brushes.
We'll be updating this space with ongoing projects - we should have pictures of the kangaroo leather very soon!