(Photo from britishblades.com)
I’m so glad that tomorrow will be the third and final part of my comprehensive examinations! I have lots of things to do in mind and the prospect of finally carrying them out makes me a bit giddy due to excitement. One project I hope to do was dabbling on leathercraft!
When I was in high school, we had six sections per year level and on our sophomore year, each section was assigned with a specific area of specialization. Sections two to six were assigned with a specific vocational course: electronics, automotive, woodcraft, welding and leathercraft for the boys; while, girls work on culinary, dressmaking and home economics.
Being on the first section, we were (un)fortunately bombarded with TONS of Math and Science subjects. I remember cursing Chemistry and Physics because we took them twice, but nothing compares to my hatred towards Mathematics, especially as I was overtly cursed off by my Analytic Geometry teacher categorically saying she did not like me… oh well!
Looking back and considering my current fixation with bags, I am slightly wishing that they could have at least made us choose if we would like to take any of those courses because the leather making courses surely looked like fun.
Anyway, I can always push through with this initiative, especially as I live in Marikina — the epicenter of Philippines leathercraft business! On my way to work alone, I pass by around a dozen leather supply stalls, so this project just needs strong will on my part to commence. I was also able to obtain a copy of the book “The Art of Making Leather Cases” and “The Art of Handsewing Leather” both by Al Stohlman and browsing the pages made me want to head to the nearest leather supply store and grab things to start my own little project.
(Photos from thecrazysmile.com)
But what I wanted to learn the most was the saddle stitch, which I know will take a considerable amount of time to master. Who wouldn’t want to replicate the stitching in the Hermès bags, which pretty much sums up the reason for their high prices (of course, you know I’m kidding because the bags are still disproportionately-priced, but it requires a separate discussion).
I would like to experiment in how the stitch was done, and maybe someday, I will be able to make a bag of my own design. But for now, let me finish this major roadblock of an exam before I go full steam ahead!
For a review and directions of the store where I buy leather from, you may read the post “I can taste the leather“