December 17, 2012

Hazel collar, dark havana lining

1" wide collar, hazel leather and dark havana lining. Stainless hardware. Size M.
I especially love this model: simple, sturdy and elegant.

Rolled collar, in hazel

Suitable for M-sized dogs, 3/4" hazel leathe, stainless steel buckle and dee.

About this dee: this collar is the first one with these long ones. Regular ones left so little space for leash snap, so I swithched to these ones. Available for both 3/4" and 5/8" collars.

December 11, 2012

Two belts

Brass horseshoe buckled belts: dark havana one is 1" wide, the other, in hazel leather, measures 3/4"and has been made with riding pants (and tight belt loops) in mind.

Brown stirrup leathers with green stitchings

I used brown Sedgwick leather for these two, 1" wide and 135 cm (approx 53") long. Stainless steel buckles and green stitchings: these are final part of a set made of this bridle and these reins.

December 4, 2012

Leather reins "continental" style

Regular width and size (5/8" x 55"), dark havana leather and stainless steel buckles. 

Made to be used along with the brown/green bridle below.

Bridle with green paddings

Dark havana leather with green paddings and green stitching. Size is cob, buckles are regular size stainless steel ones. Other angles:

Details of padded and raised noseband and browband... and my maker stamp placed in the middle of its crownpiece:

November 14, 2012

A very special bitless bridle

Black leather, stainless steel buckles and rings. It's one of the most popular designs, but this one has many custom features.

A few studio pics:
A - Throatlatches are 3/4" wide instead on usuals 1/2".

B - Crownpiece is made with doubled Sedgwick leather, stitched together using 10 meters of waxed linen thread.

C - Noseband is the most special: I've used nylon strap instead of leather for holding rings in place, for keeping thickness as low as possible. There's also a stainless steel ring stitched next to the buckle.

D - Last but not least, browband with Swarovski crystals. I bought them a couple of years ago but this is the first time I use them.

October 31, 2012

A special bitless

A new bitless bridle, based on measures and design provided by my customer.

It's made in australian nut leather, with a padding on the crownpiece and plain leather reins directly stitched to the rings. And yes, rings are stainless steel ones. 

A detail of the "bitless mechanism":
A closer view of the padded headpiece:

October 29, 2012

New rope bosals

A red/black one in full size and a green/black suitable for cobs, both with stainless steel rings.

October 22, 2012

A bracelet (pipe-dream)

I've lost so much time on this one last springtime... reason why I first decided to not publish it. Then I had a request for this black/brass variant, so I changed my mind.

A few tech specs and a pic:
In my head, this is an unisex leather bracelet with a conway buckle. It's made from a 1/2" shoulder leather strap, this is how original version (black/stainless steel) looks on my wrist. Running loops on this item are the finest I've ever made... but I'm happy to see they still keep their original shape even after several months of daily use.

Training leash

One of my "classics", the adjustable training leash, here in conker/brass version. 

3 obtainable legths: 
- 70" (180 cm);
- 55" (140 cm);
- 43" (110 cm).

October 16, 2012

Sheath for a machete

Here's my latest creation, a sheath for a small machete. I made it without the machete, I used a few pics and measurements provided by the customer. I used this "straight" customer pic for the shape, then I deformed it a little to fit the measurements:
It's made from 2 mm black shoulder leather except for the fastening strap, made for regular 4 mm bridle leather.

I hate button-fastening for many reasons... so I decided for this more original one. It can be both opened or closed using two fingers. Here's a self-explaining fastening sequence:

The leather lace is used to add further security, during long movements or such: simply wrap it around the machete's handle and tie a knot.

September 25, 2012

A new hazel set

Made for a scottish girl during last weekend.

Hazel leather with dark havana padding, 1" brass hardware, suitable for a large dog. It's inspired by a model I've made a few months ago, only a little narrow in the padded part.

And here's the matching lead:

Quite long (approx. 80" / 2 metres) and strong (1" wide), with trapped ring and solid brass hook trigger.

Here's the handle detail:

A new pair of reins

Black leather, brass buckles, 3/4" wide, with stitched leather stoppers.

September 17, 2012

August 3, 2012

Braided reins with rubber grips

Black leather, Equus rein grips and stainless steel hook snaps:
And now... holidays!

July 30, 2012

Reins with snaps and leather loops

As stated above: a nice pair of black leather reins with stainless steel snaps and sewn-on leather loops for improving grip. Suitable for Full size horses, 5/8" wide.

July 27, 2012

Braided lead rein

Finally black leather is here, this is what I've done yesterday:

Tech specs: black Sedgwick leather (15 meters) braided in a 2.5 meters lead rein, big bronze trigger hook. 30 meters of edges, burnished, colored, sealed...

Same round braid usually found on synthetic lead reins: it can be made coupling two colors, or using both flesh and grain to create a shiny-opaque pattern.

Here's a detail:

July 23, 2012

Loop end reins

While I'm waiting for black leather from the UK (they're taking longer than expected this time), I've done these simple but very effective reins. Dark havana leather, stainless steel buckle in the middle.
For me these are the real "ultimate" reins. Why?
- strongest design, ever. The weak point in every tack piece is usually represented by buckles: here there's a single buckle, placed in the exact place where they should break in case of problems, in the middle.
- cheapest design, ever. No rubber grips, no stainless steel snaps, no "standard" bit billets like hook or buckle ones (the most laborious part on reins)... but they're anyway provided of grip points.
- handiest design, ever. Easy to clean, 100% made in sturdy leather (no rubbers), lightweight, easy to open, no metal parts against bit rings.
They have definitely more "pros" than "cons", Oh yes, they cannot be used with a running martingale because they lack of rein stops... but I'm pretty sure it won't be so difficult to find a solution for that.
Really an "honest" pair of reins, further confirmation of "less is more" precept.

Stirrup iron belt

Here's another belt, specifically made for equestrian use but great for everyday use too.
It's only 3/4" wide, so it can be used along with riding trousers and their tight belt loops.
Stirrup iron shaped solid brass buckle, dark havana leather.