Best Selling Kitchen Utensils
“The Classic Stirrer” and “Traditional Spatula – Bev” are my 2 best long-selling kitchen utensils. I’ve been making these two stirrers for 20 years (this month). “The Classic Stirrer”, back in September 2001 opened up a rabbit-hole I didn’t see coming … and doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of ending. In all that time, the designs for these utensils … and the other core utensils in my range … haven’t changed. They are all intuitional forms that look great, feel very comfortable to hold … and they work!!
Two Saddle Stitched Leather Journals
I just finished hand-stitching these two leather journal covers for A5 size hardcover notebooks. These are a 3 piece cover with separate front and back piece and spine. The spine and covers have skived transitions so there’s no sharp bumps and two rows of saddle stitch to hold it all together.
The leathers used here are brown “Crazy Horse” pattern waxed leather, gold milled upholstery leather and black “Kip” boot leather. The black and gold leathers are about 6 oz and the “Crazy Horse” is 5 oz. I cut the pieces for both of these books close to the edges of the hides in each case because I just love the texturing and stretch marks that have grown over the years in these high wear and stress regions.
Handmade Leather Belt Pouch
Here’s one of a couple leather belt pouches I made recently. This is hand-stitched and made from fairly heavy weight leather … approx. 6oz (2.5 mm thick). The black leather is “Kip” boot leather and the gold is mill-finished upholstery stock. I didn’t make the belt … it’s an old favourite from 20-odd years ago.
I really like the texture in the black leather … the stretch marks in the hide that bring some of the life of the animal who donated it to the end product. I think coming from a background of working with wood I’m drawn to the parts of leather hides, especially around the edges, that might not get used by traditional leather crafters. The smooth unblemished leathers obtained from purpose-bred animals seen in high fashion definitely have their place … but so too does the more textural and seemingly less perfect leather animals who’ve seen a more normal existence.
Two Shallow Stirring Spoons
I’ve been tweaking the design of this spoon a bit lately and reckon I have it how I like it now. It’s a shallow stirring spoon based on my “Bev” Traditional Spatula / Stirrer. So far, I’ve only been making them as right-handers but plan to offer the design in left-handed configuration as well … just have to think in reverse.
Three Stirring Spoons Just Finished
This is a trio of curvaceous shallow stir spoons made from recycled Merbau (x2) and salvaged Queensland Maple (x1). I really like the shape of this spoon … it’s quite complex … yet simple … I like that.