Handmade or … Handmade

Handmade or … Handmade

So what is the difference, and just what does handmade mean? Google “definition of handmade” and you will get lots of results, most of which are along the lines of “made by hand, not by machine”. The general implication/perception is that the handmade item is superior...
Making a Bespoke Leather Bag

Making a Bespoke Leather Bag

So you want a nice new bespoke leather bag.  Where do you start? The first bags I made all came out of my frustration that I could never find exactly the right bag for me. As someone who is always misplacing an item because I have put it somewhere safe, I don’t want a...
Repair it, or Replace it?

Repair it, or Replace it?

One of best things about being a saddler is making beautiful items from sumptuous materials that will last and last, and be loved by their owners. Recently I was asked if I could do something about a bag that appeared to be at the end of its useful life.  It may have...
Life changes

Life changes

Five years ago I was working as Finance Manager in an IT company.  It was a job I was very good at, but the joy and satisfaction had gone out of it.  Many days were full of frustration that I was spending my working hours looking at a computer screen, wishing I was...