Society of Master Saddlers’ National Saddlery Competition 2014

My side saddle won a Premium award for excellence of craftsmanship.

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Map box restoration

Early 20th century leather map box restoration: new lid and buckle straps. Leather aged and colour matched to blend.

Early 20th century map box after restoration

Early 20th century map box after restoration

Champion & Wilton refurbishment

 

New top and flaps. offside

New top and flaps. offside

New doeskin inset seat

New doeskin inset seat

Before restoration1

Before restoration

New serge on tree

New serge on tree

New top and flaps

New top and flaps

New seat serge, inset doeskin seat and flaps on Champion and Wilton side saddle.

Dogs of Rye Exhibition

A selection of my dog collars and leads decorated the gallery at the Private Viewing of Leah Fusco’s Dogs of Rye exhibition, 26th October 2013. Leah Fusco Gallery, Threadneedle Street, Rye, East Sussex.

Dogs of Rye Exhibition

Dogs of Rye Exhibition

Dogs of Rye Exhibition

Dogs of Rye Exhibition

 

Plaited lead

Plaited lead

Paintings by Leah Fusco

Paintings by Leah Fusco

 

Dogs of Rye exhibition

Dogs of Rye exhibition

Dogs of Rye exhibition

Dogs of Rye exhibition

Bespoke leather satchel

Bespoke leather satchel, handmade.Best quality leather and brass buckles.

 

Bespoke satchel

Bespoke satchel

 

Bespoke satchel

Bespoke satchel

Bespoke satchel

Bespoke satchel

 

Great Dixter Christmas Fair 2013

Nicola Watson Leatherwork at Great Dixter Christmas Fair

Nicola Watson Leatherwork at Great Dixter Christmas Fair

 

Nicola Watson Leatherwork at Great Dixter

Nicola Watson Leatherwork at Great Dixter

 

Cheetah collar & saluki lead for film

I was recently commissioned by Barley Leads  (www.barleyleads.co.uk) to make a cheetah collar and plaited leather saluki lead for the film “Exodus”, to be released 2014.  Photographs by Gavin Hewitt, “Pet Photography”.

 

Cheetah collar

Cheetah collar

 

Plaited leather lead

Plaited leather lead

 

Leather restoration & repair techniques

As part of my Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust award, I was fortunate to recently attend a course run by Neil MacGregor:  “Leather restoration and repair techniques”. Techniques covered included case corners, colour matching and “ageing”, changing locks and other metal fittings.

Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor

Handstitched leather bags

Handcrafted and handstitched leather satchel, brass saddlery buckles, best quality leather.

Handcrafted and handstitched solid leather traditional moulded bag. Best quality leather and fittings.

Handstitched leather satchel

Handstitched leather satchel

Moulded leather bag

Moulded leather bag

Side saddle accessories

Balance girth

Balance girth

Side saddle girth with central loop

Side saddle girth with central loop

Soft leather threefold girth

Soft leather threefold girth

Side saddle accessories, best quality leather, hand stitched throughout.

Soft leather threefold girths available in a variety of widths.

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Awards

Testimonials

Thank you, I'm so pleased with the bespoke art-deco style turquoise and black leather bag! As it's unique, no-one else has one, and it's much admired. It's perfect for the black tie events I attend for work. I'm thinking of commissioning a bespoke leather smart phone cover and an ipod cover next...
Sarah, Hastings

I received the case this morning. Thank you. It is very smart.
Jacqui Clemson, Surrey