You may appreciate our leathercrafting approach here at Walnut Studiolo, but how can you tell if leather is good quality when you’re looking at it in a store or from a photograph online?

Can you tell what kind of leather it is, or if it’s recoverable when you’ve found a hidden gem at a thrift store?

In this post, we’ll discuss observable design details so you can make informed decisions about leather goods.

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This post puts everything we’ve discussed about leather on this blog all together into one tidy infographic: this is the leather we use at Walnut Studiolo. We think it’s the best, and we’re proud of it.

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We experience plastic trash on our local beach every week. Now inspired by recent news reports and nature documentaries, we’re taking a stand. Walnut is committing here and now to eliminating single-use plastics in our product packaging – no more new single-use plastic purchases going forward – and we’re reducing plastics everywhere else in our business, too. Here are our reasons why and how – plus a little on how you can help, too. Continue reading

The ending of the year is a lovely time to take a deep breath and reflect on the experiences that have passed before we rush to move forward into yet another new year.

The turmoil of current events and an increasingly cluttered world can too easily get us down. But if we were to remain there, we would be ignoring the vibrant world around us. With the warmth we receive from friends and family, and the healing beauty of nature that surrounds us, our world is a wondrous little place.

What would we do without family and friends? As you’ll see from our year, we rely on them. Let us celebrate the magic of friendship and camaraderie. At times like this, we pare down where we must, help where we can, and band together. Continue reading

In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we are re-sharing this article we originally published last year.

Here at Walnut Studiolo, we make sure every scrap of material is put to good use. Nothing is wasted. Though we typically find creative ways to incorporate scrap leather into our own projects (like our Headphone Organizer and Leather Washers), we were so inspired when we found a different use for our remaining workshop material: the organization Help Heal Veterans. Continue reading

More than once, we’ve been surprised to find how little information there is about leather – as broadly diverse a natural material as fabric or wood. We can’t wait to tell you more about it. What would you like to know?

We’re writing a free educational series. Help us write about what’s most interesting to you, by filling out this brief, one-question Google poll: Continue reading

Presenting the Cribbage Minibook, included with every Travel Cribbage Board purchase, free of charge. The minibook is a twee little book that handily presents a basic guide to the game in a small, packable format. Continue reading

In the past 10 years or so, maker-made items have become more readily available thanks in large part to sales sites like Etsy, and we think that’s pretty exciting. Makers have been making for as long as humans have been around. Not only because “makers gonna make” but also because people need a variety of items for everyday use and pleasure. Continue reading

We use the same, high quality, vegetable-tanned leather that has always traditionally been used for equestrian sport, so it’s a natural outdoor material (saddles, reins, bridles, etc). Our American vegetable-tanned leather is infused with waxes in the tannery to stand up to horse sweat, mud, and rain – in other words, just like riding a bicycle!

Keep Walnut Studiolo in mind this year when planning your corporate gifts and promotional items – we’re here to help! Our handcrafted, sustainable, and American-made leather goods make ideal corporate gifts and promotional items for like-minded companies. Continue reading