June 2010

Bits and Bites

A clutch I’m working out.

Another guitar strap…

And a group of bracelets and hairbands waiting for snaps and such…

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A quick shot of a trio of straps I worked on today. From left to right: the Scout Sash Strap, the Heave Ho Strap and the Featherweight Strap. These are all waiting for a final coat of finish before being backed with a thin veg-tanned leather – a move that will make their prices higher than if I used treated liner, but which will make them oh-so-luxe and for the serious axe-wielder.

Second, a light that Sean picked up for me. It’s amazing. My studio used to be our living room and has very ambient, lounge-y lighting. Perfect for hanging out and drinking wine on couches. Less stellar for hunching over hides and hammering. It’s already made a world of difference and I’ve only had it a day. Now I can work straight through the night!

Lastly, the big awesome fun I spoke of = I’m winging on out of town Thursday night, so there won’t be much to see around these parts until July 8th when I get back from here. I’m very excited, but also very scared. I love, love, love the north, but I hate, hate, hate flying and I’m going to be on a total of about ten planes in the next two weeks. Please devote some time every day to willing my flights to stay in the air.

Also if you were not at the Casbah last night you missed an awesome Bluegrassy time. Grass Mountain Hobos are an excellent band and they nailed a cover of Cripple Creek just for me! The show was much appreciated and the Casbah has given me star treatment this month so I offer my applause. Thanks to everyone who came out!

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Quick and Dirty

A quick and dirty round up of some new stuff.

The Oh Deer Purse. Hand-carved and tooled into full-grain, veg-tanned leather. Resist was hand-painted on to create contrast. Hand punched and stitched with heavy thread. Grommeted across the bottom and on the straps.

The Great Lakes Purse. Same story as above, only the strap on this guy is made from caramel-coloured bridle leather.

The Swinging Sparrows Purse. Stained a rich shade of maroon and done the same as the previous. The strap is made of matching maroon bridle leather.

And a San Francisco Headband. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

This below shot is a gem in that, if you focus on the nose, it perfectly illustrates why my siblings call me ass face.

See the crack? Now see my therapy bill, siblings! (kidding)

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