Handle Making

I went to Japan this most recent time to learn how to make an English style men’s briefcase. I was most interested in learning the construction of a particular type of handle. This handle is constructed from many layers of leather sculpted to form the shape and provide structure. It is then wrapped in leather.


Private Sushi Dinner

It would seem this blog may devolve into photos of delicious things I eat instead of leathercraft, but I will try to reign it in. Having said that, my buddies wife, for his birthday, got our favorite sushi chef to make a house call. What followed was one of the greatest meals of my life - not only the food, but the company as well.


Leica M3

In preparation of my trip, I decided to give my camera a makeover. It is in fine mechanical condition, but the original Vulcanite covering was cracking and needed to be replaced. I decided to replace the leather with an Italian camouflage leather, one of my favorites. The pattern making and cutting was a difficult task, but I think the result was definitely worth it.


Construction choices and techniques

I use a a special method of construction to make wallets. This method is very time consuming, tedious and rarely done. It is required however to make a wallet that will be beautiful and luxurious.

I line all surfaces of my wallets so that there is no scruffy flesh side of the leather present. This requires leather to be split very thin and strategically skived. I am most proud of the construction of my card slots.

These card slots are made from 1 piece of folded leather. This allows for the grain side of the leather to make up both the outside and inside of the card slot, as well as the top edge to remain beautiful with use. If the card slot edges were painted or burnished, they would become ragged with use. To further enhance the appearance of the card slot banks, I carefully carve out the backside of the leather where card slots will overlap. Through this technique, there will be no unsightly gaps between slots and the edge of the wallet will be flush, not lumpy. Below is an image showing the indention created where the second card slot will be affixed:


Traveling to Japan to study with my leather craft teacher

Last year I traveled to Japan to learn how to make a ladies round zipper clutch. After three long weeks, my clutch was completed and I returned brimming with new leather craft knowledge. Below is a recent Alligator and French Goat zipper clutch:

My skills progressed so quickly in such a short amount of time, I decided to study in Japan for 3 weeks every year with my leather teacher. I am off to Japan again, and will be studying how to make an English style men’s briefcase. Goodbye USA!