In this post, we’ll walk through the various leather care products and introduce you to the world of leather crafting.

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Leather is an expensive material and leathercrafting is time-intensive work, so makers want to make sure they select the most cost-effective leather for the job, and time is money. But beyond basic leather choice and color, there are a lot of other decisions to make on which leather to use for which products.

In this post, we’ll explain what else you should look for when deciding whether a product is quality – meaning, is it using the right leather for the right purpose to ensure a long and useful life. Plus – why maker-made matters.

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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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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?

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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

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.

“Makers Gotta Make” so the t-shirt worthy phrase goes. And makers who heed the call of this deeply-rooted drive are part of a special tribe. Which is why, perhaps, Walnut Studiolo’s founder Geoff Franklin couldn’t resist making a special gift for a fellow maker he admires, Nick Offerman.

Curious about leather crafting? Let us teach you how to create your own gorgeous leather projects with our glossy new leathercrafting book, published by DK Publishing as the newest addition to their how-to book series, Idiot’s Guide: Leather Crafts, on June 14th.

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