My 80 year old dad still has the small hatchet that his father bought him to use when he was away with the Scouts. To my knowledge it never had a sheath and that was how I started working with leather. I wanted to make a sheath for him, so I bought some leather and copper rivets and cobbled something together. The outcome wasn’t that great. But I really enjoyed the process. So I started making sheaths for some of the other axes I owned.
Evenings reading through Nigel Armitage’s Leathercraft book started to give me the knowledge of how things should be done properly. Then getting hands-on making an axe sheath on the second day of Peter Kovac's amazing axe hafting course really allowed me to step things up.
Since then its been about practise, and more practise. With a few additional courses thrown in to improve my technical skills. And hand saddle stitching leather is very much now my happy place. I've created a leather area in the workshop that I'm drawn to spending more and more time in.
My focus is still tool related – making sheaths for axes, knives and garden tools. That can be a simple as a blade cover for a Sloyd wood carving knife or a custom, multi-pocket, holster for garden tools.
There are various leatherwork items available to purchase here on the website but I’m also open to custom commission work. Just get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can begin the conversation about what you a looking to achieve. With most sheaths it's much better if I can physically fit it to your item, but we can organise shipping for you if necessary.