Very cool. I really like that bag pattern. Looks very, very similar to Swaine Adeney Brigg offerings, but who knows how far back that design goes. Absolutely gorgeous colour combination. Would love to see it in alligator...
I'll let someone more experienced answer the first part of your question. While kangaroo does have incredibly high tensile strength, you have to keep in mind that it's also very thin, so the benefit may be to use a thicker leather with a slightly lower tensile strength . I use it for wallets and it's wonderful to work with as it's strong, thin, and doesn't stretch much.
posted some pages back would seem to indicate that it has poor tensile strength. Some shoe/bootmakers I've talked to have complained of it tearing while lasting, which would corroborate that post.
Personally, as a leatherworker I find cordovan quite over-rated. I think it's a wonderful example of a combination of marketing and tradition coming together beautifully. It's terribly inconsistent in thickness both piece-to-piece as well as on each individual shell itself. I...
I believe this is due to the fact that they're wild animals, and as such, quite a portion of the hide can be scarred or be of less than ideal quality.Additionally, meat from these animals isn't exactly in high demand, nor are these animals farmed.Also, in my experience, elk or moose leather tends to be very soft and rather stretchy. Nice for mocs or very casual, soft boots, but not exactly something you'd want for anything more than casual footwear.
I'm not an expert on this aspect of leather, but I think that kind of heat is less of a problem than actual direct sunlight. If you're able to keep them in the shade, you'd have less to be worried about.
Just crossposted this one to the briefcase porn thread, but I like posting my work here for fellow enthusiasts!
I just finished making this yesterday, and thought I'd post....the concept is based around stripping a double-gusseted briefcase down in form, but keeping the detail. No front, back, or side pockets like my other bags. I wanted the surfaces to be almost like a blank canvas, with the stitching and the detail in the leather to draw the eye. Black is actually one of...
I just finished making this yesterday, and thought I'd post....the concept is based around stripping a double-gusseted briefcase down in form, but keeping the detail. No front, back, or side pockets like my other bags. I wanted the surfaces to be almost like a blank canvas, with the stitching and the detail in the leather to draw the eye. Black is actually one of the toughest leather 'colours' to look high quality. Cheaper stuff tends to look coated or plasticy, or...
Just finished this one today. Finance/accounting student's solution to poorly finished cardboard binders.
Front: Alligator in Old Burgundy
Interior in full-grain tan pigskin
-Notepad slides in and can be swapped out
-Strap holds in calculator, which can be replaced with a smaller or larger item and adjusted with strap
-5 pen/pencil holders + 1 larger sized holder for eraser or highlighter
-2 open pockets for phone and cardholder, sticky notes, etc
I'd like to add that in the case of shoes, the marks on shoulders may seem to be unsightly. Not using this part of the hide is understandable.With that said, shoulder leather is a good cut of the hide, and the markings make for excellent character when used in bags and belts.
Thanks for the kind words! I do sell items here and there...I mostly just peruse forums giving and taking advice where I can. You can check out my page here, if you like, where I post my recent work for family/friends/anyone interested.