I’ve always loved leathergoods firstly for the material, the feel, the smell of good leather.
I found out one day that getting myself a few hides of my favorite leathers would be a great way to satisfy my needs for leathergoods and at the same time play with cool tools / sharp stuff which is one of my other passions. And then I was into leathercraft !
I started with some awful 2nd choice / way to heavy vegan and moved quickly to proper leathers, still struggling to find the right leather at the right weight locally (how stupid is that leaving in France ?).
I started in April 2018 and since then, this has occupied most of my free time (which is not much having 2 young children here). I work 1 to 3 hours late at night. I have the chance to be able to cut sleeping and rely on caffeine for quite a large extent.
Currently my bench is a part of dinning table. I keep everything to the minimal waiting for a proper workshop (coming in 2019 !).
More than playing with leather, I think I found a great way to relax and use my two hands for something else that typing on a keyboard doing a questionably useful office job :-)
I guess I’m now really “into“ that craft. I love the fact that even keeping it simple that craft can be deeply explored. My main limitation right now is not being able to punch that pricking iron as long as baby is not asleep :-D
I don‘t intend to sell my product other than for covering my raw material cost as I produce one item at a time (which would make the price crazy high and totally irrelevant with regards to both my experience and marketing efforts lol). Instead I gift my products to loved ones and to be really honest, I ”test” most of them as i’m constantly experimenting with new leathers, techniques, finished...
Philip was (and always is) a great help in finding the right answer to the crucial questions :-) His approach to sharing great information at a very affordable rate to push that craft forward is remarquable. Keep it up my friend !!
I will be very happy to contribute here and help if I can.