Maker stories | Duke & Sons Leather

Opening your beer in style. The making of a bottle opener.

Opening your beer in style. The making of a bottle opener.
A bottle opener can be found in many shapes and in many tools. My goal was to design a bottle opener with a heritage look and feel, combining leather, metal and a nice industrial clasp.

Making a belt that lasts a lifetime.

Making a belt that lasts a lifetime.
The Duke & Sons Leather belt is made from 3-4mm full grain leather, from the best quality. When you see the whole hide, you already see the nice top grain and the lines from the shoulder. I would like to share the making process to give you an idea of how the belts are made. And for sure: this belt will last more than a lifetime!

Leatherworks, a must have reference book for leather craft.

Leatherworks, a must have reference book for leather craft.
A lot of people always ask about tips and tricks in Leathercraft. Although I often mention that Youtube is a good channel for finding what you are looking for, I prefer a book as a reference. I had the pleasure to meet fellow craftsman Otis Ingrams from the UK and he has written a beautiful reference book called: 'Leatherworks, traditional craft for modern living'. Here is a brief review.

Making The Bike Shed protective card wallet

Making The Bike Shed protective card wallet
The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club store in London is the only store that sells a limited selection of my handmade items. From the start of Duke & Sons Leather, my wife Ingeborg and I had a special relationship with our friends from The Bike Shed. it is always a pleasure to make new items for them. This post shows the making of a protective card wallet.

The making of a watch strap

The making of a watch strap
For some people their watch isn't just their watch... therefore they decide to go for a handmade watch strap. It looks like a simple piece of leath...