Leather Goods

Oh deer

Finally! I’d been looking for a solid-seam-constructed pewter flask for ages and finally found a supplier.

These handmade pewter flasks hold the same six ounces as my stainless steel flasks, but they’re nicer, weightier, better suited to a back pocket.

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I think I’ll keep this one for quality control purposes…

 

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Just what it sounds like

Happy Canada Day, hosers! What are you doing? I’ve been working all morning and afternoon, but am going surfing in about an hour.

Working on what? Hub shiners for starters…

Shiners 009 (Large)

Made of light brown leather and fixed with brass snaps, these hang on your hubs and shine ’em up!

Shiners 003 (Large)

To be honest, I didn’t even know these were a thing, but had a Bike Hounds customer request some.

Thanks for doing the research, Robert!

Shiners 006 (Large)

Available soon in the shop and at Bike Hounds.

 

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High-waisted

More suspenders. These ones are a little longer but still adjustable.

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I’ve got a new attachement mechanism on these guys. I was having a hard time finding anything other than the sharp-toothed clasps I used on the last pair and wasn’t entirely confident said clasps would hold over the course of a day.

Suspenders 007 (Large)

Made from pumpkin-brown bridle leather. Hardware is brass.

Suspenders 003 (Medium)

Trigger locks that snap around belt loops at the front and back of yer fancy pants.

Suspenders 010 (Large)

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There`s a land…

…there`s also a lot of poetry out there. Much of it I hate. A little of it I love, love, love.

I love Bren Simmers. I love Jim Carroll. I love Al Purdy. I love Lizzie Derksen. I love C.R. Avery and I love Tanya Davis.

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I love Robert Service. My first encounter with him was in elementary school. There was an assembly in the gym one day. There may have a few other activities and orders of business as part of the event but all I remember is this – a grizzled old man with a white ZZ Top beard reciting The Cremation of Sam McGee while pacing back and forth at the front of the gym, hands behind his bent-over back, eyes narrowing and bulging as he spoke.

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At the time I was kinda scared, but in subsequent years I came to realize the experience for what it was – the single most awesome thing to ever have happened to me at that school (or maybe a close second to Scholastic book fairs).

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I think it had some small part in my actually going north in 2006 and falling in love with everything and everybody up there.

I was thinking the other day, while answering interview questions for Halifax Crafters, about why I make the kind of stuff I do and my main intention is that everything act talisman-esque. Kind of a sartorial touchstone that serves to remind people of a certain place that`s loved or missed. A physical wearing of your geographic heart on your sleeve.

That said, this one`s for Yukon. Block-dyed leather. Hand-painted lettering. Tooled with laurel leaves. A big brass buckle. Waiting to be sized for someone who has been under the spell.

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There’s a land where the mountains are nameless,
   And the rivers all run God knows where;
There are lives that are erring and aimless,
   And deaths that just hang by a hair;
There are hardships that nobody reckons;
   There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There’s a land—oh, it beckons and beckons,
   And I want to go back—and I will.

 

 

 

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That’s a sketchy design

The size of your sketchbook, with space for a pencilcase, your wallet and maybe a few other things. Not your phone though. And definitely not your laptop. Are you planning to go out sketching or what?

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This is some of the best leather I have ever worked with. It’s so soft and such a beautiful chocolate brown and dinged up in the best, most Indiana Jones kind of way. It’s begging to be taken camping. Trust it. It can handle the wear and tear. Just pack it along and take it out when you want to go writing or drawing or leaf-pressing one afternoon.

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Hand-stitched with waxed linen thread for long, strong hold. Brass hardware. It can be outfitted with a buckle to be made adjustable but I liked the plain strap for this bag. It’s simple and rustic and fussless.

Belt and bag 050 (Medium)

I have a similar design in mind for a book bag with one added feature. Quick! Tell me some of your favourite CanLit. Otherwise I’m just going to go with Duddy Kravitz and if you don’t like that book (yeah right) you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

Think about it over the weekend and get back to me.

 

 

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