Techniques take years to develop and trade secrets are passed down from generation to generation. In today's era, much of what we buy is mass produced in factories overseas. The art and techniques are lost when a product is mass produced; we believe a product gains it's soul in the fabrication process.
Leather products that are sewn by machine are a dime a dozen. While most of the business world seeks to produce things faster, we seek to produce things better. Hand sewing is superior to machine sewing.
Leather sewing machines commonly use the "lock stitch". If just one loop of a lock stitch is broken, the other side will automatically be loosened, often this process of unraveling will continue until the entire product is ruined.
Hand sewing in the time honored manner will not unravel if one loop is broken. Though slower, hand sewing is superior to machine sewing. It is the best method of stitching two or more pieces of leather together for lasting years of wear and service.
With hand sewn leather you get a one of a kind, quality product that will stand the test of time. Time honored methods produce time honored products, experience the difference!
Burnishing is the process of smoothing (slicking), dying and polishing the edge of leather to produce a fine, glossy edge, generally in a contrasting or complimentary color than the main body. Unburnished edges of cut leather have a sharp unrefined look and have a tendancy to fray and look worn faster than a burnished edge.
You may already be more familiar with bentwood than you realize. Wooden canoes, rocking chairs, and many pieces of furniture employ the bentwood technique. Bentwood itself is a well-established method in woodworking but has only recently been applied to creating bentwood rings in a durable and long-lasting way.
In a bentwood ring, the grain is oriented around and around, into several layers, creating a durable ring with no weak spots.
To bend wood, thin strips of wood need to be steamed to just the right temperature, then quickly wrapped around a form and clamped to hold their shape. After the wood has dried into shape, a special glue is used to glue each overlapping layer until the thickness of the ring has been formed. We typically use 5 to 7 layers to create each ring for maximum strength with a thin profile.
The way the grain is oriented along the length of a bentwood ring, the layers upon layers of wood, and the strong adhesive work together to create the toughest wooden ring possible.