I finally decided to take the plunge and get a "real" briefcase. After months of research, talking to makers and reading article after article and the reviews on here I went with JPM. Super happy thus far. He is really easy to work with and it keeping me updated with the process. Fresh cuts from the hide Multiple steps to edge dressing this is the first where the fresh cuts are pasted and burned in on wood. The natural lining is specially conditioned, pasted smooth and hand rubbed with smooth glass. And so are all the front parts of the hide. Edges are painted with a special seal in dye. After the paint comes comes heat seal and hand wood polish. The handle is a delicate process of forming, rivets and hand cross stitching. More pictures as they come!