Leatherwork

Due to the demise of the Australian tanning industry, all my hides are now imported and come with a large increase in shipping charges over the local product. As a consequence, I can’t compete with the high quality work being produced in the subcontinent and eastern Europe.

I’ll concentrate on complex, high value items where I can actually cover my costs, or items that interest me and otherwise stick to woodworking.

If you really want me to make something, I can do it, but it won’t be cheap and it won’t be plain.

Please have a look at the catalogue, let me know if you’re after something that isn’t there, I can usually do the research and come up with a design in a couple of weeks.

  • Leather vessels
  • Archery equipment
    • Quivers
    • Bracers
  • Stock items

Black Jack – 1 quart/1.2 litre 14th-17th century

An 1.2-litre/1 quart leather jug inspired by a number of extant remains. Similar leather jacks in the Museum of London and other collections cover the period through to the Restoration, when minor design changes occurred, particularly the attachment point and shape of the handle. Made from 4.5mm harness leather and sealed with brewers’ pitch like the originals, this black jack will enhance any living history encampment.

The high price reflects the massive amount of material and work required to make one. Item is built to order, lead time is about 6 weeks, longer if the weather is cold or wet and longer again if I’m using oil paints.

Comes in black, hand stitched with waxed linen thread sealed with pitch and sealed with beeswax. Other colours available on request, painted designs are extra depending on complexity and add two weeks to the lead time. As a guide, both the designs in the picture are complex. A simple design would be just the initials and the year.

I can make the late 17th-19th century handle form on request for a small additional charge due to the added complexity.

The upper price is mainly to stop the software saying the painted jack is free. I’ll quote depending on what you want.

Prices start from A$175


Leather water bucket 14th-17th century

An 8-litre/1 gallon leather bucket inspired by a number of the Mary Rose finds. Similar buckets in the Museum of London and other collections cover the period through to the Restoration, when significant design changes occurred. Made from 4.5mm harness leather and sealed with Stockholm Tar like the originals, this bucket will enhance any living history encampment.

The high price reflects the massive amount of material and work required to make one. Item is built to order, lead time is about 6 weeks.

Comes complete with leather covered rope handle, wood reinforced top band, cross bracing and stitched and riveted construction in black and brown. Other colours available on request.

I can also make the later style ones, or powder buckets without metal parts, cost will reflect the amount of work involved.

Typical price for a sealed water bucket is A$300

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