In this post we’ll review the various kinds of animal leathers and leather alternatives before we focus on the one we use, cowhide. … Read More Leather sources: animals and alternatives
Often called mankind’s “first fabric,” leather has been considered a fine and treasured material since the beginning of history and across nearly all cultures and peoples around the globe. In this kick-off to our leather learning series, we go through a broad overview of what leather is, how it’s made, and why it’s important.… Read More Leather basics: what it is, how it’s made, and what it’s used for
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?… Read More Poll: What do you want to know about leather?
Our Leather Care Dressing is carefully formulated for the needs of the vegetable tanned leather we use in our products. But there are also plenty of other fine uses for our dressing. Here are some ideas.… Read More 5 Handy Uses for our Leather Care Dressing
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.… Read More What Does Maker-Made Truly Mean?
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!… Read More FAQ: How does vegetable-tanned leather do in the rain?
Here at Walnut Studiolo, we are dedicated to lasting quality – which can only come from a thoughtful hands-on process. Here’s why it matters.… Read More Why Handmade Matters
Our job is supremely rewarding when we can help a weary bike traveler!… Read More Custom Built for the Visiting Longhaul
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… Read More Studio Glimpses
Here are some tips for differentiating between hand-crafted, bench-made, and machine-made leather goods.… Read More FAQ: Crafted by Hand or Machine Made?