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Collection: Leather Aprons

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All my leather aprons are hand cut from one hide.  I use the best veg-tanned leather and sheepskin available, both a by-product of the food industry, sourced from my local tannery, based here in Devon and a traditional tannery based in Tuscany, Italy.  Their skilled and experienced teams use traditional methods, much of these processes are completely by hand.  The leather smells amazing.


The British hides are sourced from beef herds in Devon and Cornwall. They use oak bark to tan the hides, which is a slow process, taking over 15 months, with hides sitting in vast pits of oak bark and water. Waste hides are turned into pellets and used on site in their bio-mass boiler.  The oak bark comes from the NE England, or from Wales, using good forest management, by coppicing the oak trees, so no deforestation. After it is tanned, each hide is then dressed and hand stained by a master currier, using techniques passed down from generation to generation.  The exceptional leather produced is supple and hard wearing. I also use softer, veg-tanned leather from Italy. The tannery use similar traditional tanning processes , adding a colour wax to stain the Tuscan hides.


I assemble each apron using metal ware forged in  England and some from South Devon. I also use a range of fixings, all recyclable.  Both my  ROCWORX antique brass rivets and copper saddlery rivets are very strong and durable. Before stitching, I hand wax, using Devon beeswax, the linen thread, which is manufactured in the NE England and France. Waxing the thread strengthens it and helps the sewing process.  I use a traditional saddle stitch, a method using two needles on either end of the thread, locking each stitch in place in the same hole.


The edges are creased and burnished by hand, a time-consuming part of the making process, sanding, smoothing and sealing the edge of the leather to a fine shine. All aprons are then personalised, using my heat imprinter, a mini beast of a machine and the only machine used in the leather apron process.  Logo stamps can be made to order for business personalisation.

 

BEESROC LEATHER BALM

My final process is to hand wax the leather, using my hand-poured leather balm, BEESROC BALMS.  I make my own balms, as I did not like using the commercial balms, with their toxic chemicals and warnings against skin rashes after prolonged use.  I wanted to make a range that was skin friendly, using only three natural ingredients, including Devon beeswax.  I now offer both unscented and, by adding essential oils, a scented range.

  • Leather Apron: START
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  • Leather Apron: TOSCANA
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    £235.00
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