White Clover Kiln Thread Colors

Can red thread be purchased in lieu of the choices displayed on your web page? For the black city grips. Thanks, Roger Great question. To keep things simple, Walnut currently only carries waxed thread for its sew-on leather bicycle accessories in four different standard, natural-toned colors: white, tan, dark brown, and black. But, we think […]

If left out in direct sunshine too long, dappled with mud, or doused in a rainstorm, vegetable-tanned leather can lose its luster. That first hint of dry-ness is a sign that it’s time to take care of your leather with a gentle cleaning and a light conditioning treatment. We recommend taking care of your leather […]

Hi, While I’m eagerly waiting for my just ordered City Grips, here comes my question: which is the better position for the stitching? At the front of the grip, below it (very hard to stitch) or towards the back?   Cheers from Italy, Massimo Hey Massimo, Great question! It totally depends on what you like. There […]

Walnut Studiolo Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

You asked, we answered. We just updated our Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) page with more answers to your frequently-asked questions, and re-organized the questions a bit with some in-page hyperlinking for navigability. We also made the FAQ page easier to find while you’re browsing by placing a link to it in the footer, and on the left-hand column […]

Custom Work Request Walnut Studiolo Walrus Mud Flap

We get asked to make custom products (a lot). And we like it, because we really like designing new things. Here’s the thing, though: We’re a bit choosy about what projects we take on. The question for us is not, will Walnut Studiolo start making dog collars and wallets? The question for us is, what […]

VELOX bar plugs - the perennial cyclist favorite

Do the sew on wraps come with bar end plugs? Thanks, Brian Our leather bar wraps and city grips don’t currently come with bar plugs, which are an important accessory to add to your bike. Bar plugs are a required safety equipment on racing bikes, and well recommended for preventing bodily injury during falls. Here are […]

Vegetable-tanned hides

We often get requests for our leather products in specific colors of leather, like bright orange or white. There is a difference between the two most commonly-used kinds of leather tanning processes, and and this difference explains why we can’t make those kinds of candy colors. Although there are many kinds of tanning, we’re going to talk […]

Customer Bike Photo

An alert reader noticed these pictures of a custom project we did for another customer on our Flickr page and wondered about the color. This was a custom color job for a customer, and we call this “light brown”. It’s somewhere in between our two standard colors that we call “honey” and “dark brown”. We […]

Once in a while, I get an email from a customer who really, really likes our stuff, but wishes we didn’t make it out of leather. I’m sympathetic to the need to live ethically and to make purchases that reflect our own ethics. I am interested in exploring new, non-petroleum-based materials, but there are a few reasons […]

Conditioning Vegetable-Tanned Leather

I just received your leathers and have installed one side of the sew-on handlebar leathers. It looks great! Unfortunately, it’s still a little too light coloured for my liking. Is there any way you would recommend for me to darken it? Are there any oils I can apply to the leather? Thanks in advance!! Regards, Lloyd You can darken our […]