“The Tilikum” – A Sturdy, All-Leather Handle for Vertical or Horizontal Applications

Available in 3 sizes, 4 colors, and 3 finishes

Meet “The Tilikum”: one of our most popular leather handle designs. A double-thickness of hand-dyed, vegetable-tanned leather with two points of contact makes for a super-sturdy connection. In this post, we’ll show you more about this practical, American-made leather handle.

The Hawthorne hinged leather pull is now available in three sizes, four leather colors, and three metal finishes. New in 2020: black hardware!

The Tilikum makes a different statement whether installed horizontally or vertically — and works equally well in both directions.

The vertical Tilikums complement the tall height and shape of these vertical cabinets.
Customer photo by @mary_murdough

The warm leather color can create a striking visual contrast, particularly against metals and in kitchens.

Our hard-wearing leather does great for the long haul, even in messy environments. They are easy to clean and don’t stain.

Warm honey leather Tilikum handles complement copper tones in this blue-and-copper-themed kitchen in Colorado.
Customer photo by Christine Mandley

This leather is sturdy – the same used for horse bridles and reins – and it can handle hard wear and heavy lifts, particularly with its double-thickness of leather and two points of contact to the door/drawer surface.

This handle is a great choice for heavy doors and drawers, like 36″ IKEA drawers and sliding / barn doors.

Sturdy Tilikum handle in complementary dark wood tones on the barn door and lighter-duty Hawthorne Smalls on the chest of drawers in matching color.
Customer photo by Marie-Helene Porter in Quebec

The Tilikum is one of a few handles that we can customize with labels or monograms. For example, customers have used these to mark family drawers by name in the entry hall, or organize a walk-in closet by socks, athleisure, etc. Labeled contents are both a great way to keep organized and equalize the labor in the house, but also super-friendly for guests to make themselves quickly at home.

Although it was originally designed to have the ends tucked behind for standard 4″, 5″, and 6″ center-to-center dimensions, our creative customers have also installed the handle flat for a different look.

The Tilikum Large installed with hardware forward, ends flat.
Customer photo by @mareaclarkinteriors

The handle is 1″ wide, which can match the width of some handles, like the 1″ wide Hawthorne (Small) and Hawthorne (Large) loop handles, or complement slightly wider or slightly skinnier handles int he same matching leather, such as the 1.25″ Hawthorne (Wide) or the 5/8″ Burnside Hinged pull.

All of our pulls come with hardware, including the washer shown in the pictures above. But many people choose not to install the (optional) washer, for a cleaner look.

With 4 colors and 3 metal finishes to choose from, the Tilikum leather handles can coordinate with just about any interior theme.

Natural color Tilikum Small handles on vibrant kelly green cabinetry in an AirBnB.
Photo by customer Kelly in Breckenridge, Colorado

Our pulls are hand-crafted in our Oregon workshop using natural, nontoxic American vegetable-tanned leather, and dyed by hand for a lustrous finish. The designs in our leather drawer collection are named after places in our hometown, Portland Oregon. The Tilikum is Portland’s newest bridge, a car-free bridge.

The warmth of leather makes a great choice in otherwise cold bathrooms.
Customer photo by @houseenvyblog

About the Walnut Studiolo Leather Drawer Pull Collection:

  • Architectural Beauty: Original designs by former Architecture Principal Geoffrey Franklin, Walnut Studiolo’s collection of leather drawer pulls combines minimalist modern design with old-fashioned natural materials. 
  • Sustainable American Story: Behind their good looks, there’s a great story. Handcrafted in small batches in the USA from oak-tanned leather and oil dyes, our low-impact environmental values shine through. 
  • High Quality, Durable Materials: Our unique hand-dyed American leather gets better with age, offering a warm and comfortable touch with strong, long-lasting durability.
  • Award-Winning Designs: Chosen by discerning designers for projects big and small, from home IKEA hacks and vintage Airstream remodels to mountain chalets and executive mansions. Honored at the “Best of Portland” awards and editorially featured in Real Simple, House Beautiful, and Interior Design magazines. 

About Walnut Studiolo

Walnut Studiolo crafts original modern designs by hand in our Oregon workshop using only natural materials. We are a family-run company located on the North Oregon Coast. Learn more about us on our website: https://walnutstudiolo.com

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