Saturday, 25 July 2015

18th century blackjack

Even though I'm still quite new to leather craft I love a challenge and as I recently made a costrel ( leather water bottle ) I thought I'd try my hand at making an 18th century blackjack which is basically a leather beer mug. After doing a lot of research online I finally found a nice traditional pattern which I then copied and altered to suit the piece of 40cm x 40cm - 7mm thick vege tan cow hide that I purchased from a local leather shop. It it quite a long process to cut, sew and shape a blackjack and really I should have a wooden form on which dry it upon , but for this 1st trial one I'm using a pint glass turn upside down. When the leather shrinks and drys it may break the glass , but as I'm only up to the stage I'll have to wait and see what happens. Pictured below is my progress so far.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Preparing for winter

Even though it about 38 deg here in Niigata most days , I'm not a big fan of the hot humid Japanese summer and already dreaming of cooler weather which is more suitable for the lifestyle I like to live, clad in kilts, Harris tweed etc. So to my surprise recently I found an online fabric store in Japan that imported rolls of Harris Tweed for sale by the mtr. So today I purchased 2 mtrs which will be joined together as the width is 150cm to make enough for another feileadh beag drawstring kilt. I currently only have one red based tartan feileadh beag , but it's my favorite kilt and I need another one for the winter so I have purchased the tartan below. Should look fantastic with the rest of my Jacobite kit.