Recently, I have been working on orders and also doing a lot of prep work for the Fall. Covid-19 has created a lot of uncertainty as to how school will start back up in September, whether it be in-class or online. Therefore, I’m also preparing to set aside time for home schooling if needed. The boys have been out of school since Spring break started (March 14th). I have been very fortunate to be able to work and home school. My schedule is flexible so I can work at different times of the day and at night.
Above are the tools for cutting leather straps for the bags. I purchase leather in pretty large hides and cut them by hand. That way, I can get the length and width that is needed. This is especially important when I make custom bags. Sometimes customers may want their straps to be longer or shorter than the standard length.
I work throughout the day, but also every evening when the boys go to sleep. I make tea, tune in to the day’s news or podcast and focus on work. It’s my quiet time. I sometimes even muster the energy to write a blog post…
A cut batch of Italian vegetable tanned leather straps for the bags. This is a wonderful leather that is strong and beautiful. It’s so nice to work with.
This is one of my two Juki industrial sewing machines. I rely on this 3/4 horsepower work horse each day. The other one is even more powerful. I don’t use that one as much as this one though. Hanging on the wall are a few finished mechanical keyboard cases ready to be shipped to their new owners.
A Note About Custom Bags: