Our job is supremely rewarding when we are able to help our customers enjoy their bicycle journeys, whether that’s simply a fun ride to the local farmer’s market or a multi-day bicycle tour.

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You could say it was a leap of faith when we decided to move our cozy home tucked in urban Southeast Portland to a new home and Walnut Studiolo workspace on the rural, craggy Oregon CoastContinue reading

One of the most wonderful aspects of owning something crafted by Walnut Studiolo is knowing it was handbuilt for the longhaul. We use that phrase intentionally to mean products that are made to last, no matter what the elements may throw your way. Long bike rides, arduous journeys or rambunctious outings with friends: Walnut is ready for adventure. Continue reading

Here are some tips for differentiating between hand-crafted, bench-made, and machine-made leather goods.

Leather Bicycle Top Tube Protector Online

We often get asked about top tube protectors! Here are our options for wrapping your bicycle top tube in our gorgeous, hand-dyed, vegetable-tanned leather.

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 […]

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 […]

Allow me to get on a soapbox for a moment. We just got an unsolicited email from a Chinese “leather” belt manufacturer offering to make our products for us. In it, they attached a price sheet. This blows my mind. What most people think they see as a nice leather belt at the store literally costs […]

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 […]