THIS IS WHERE WE SHOW OFF SOME OF THE
LEATHER CRAFT PROJECTS OUR CUSTOMERS
HAVE MADE USING OUR LEATHER AND ACCESSORIES.
This one came in from Jesse K:
I used the piece of leather
you sent me to fancy up my bookcase. I had my doubts as to whether
this would work or if I'd be ruining a perfectly good piece of furniture.
My wife said, "Yeah, I thought
you were pretty much going to wreck it." But, to everyone's
astonishment, it looks great. Thank you. I've attached a couple of photos
so you can see for yourself.
All best - Jesse
Proof Positive that all You Need to
Get By is a Sword and an Attitude
Hi Churchill & Co,
thought I'd show you what I ended up doing with the coal and denim garment
sides and the "heap of sheep" black skins that I got from you earlier in
I do costuming and leatherworking
on the side (I'm a journalist by trade) and I'd like it to eventually be
my main gig, so I turned myself into a walking billboard for my "business"
The Jon Snow costume
jacket/jerkin/thing was made from the coal side, while the boot-wraps are
the heap o' sheep. The Ranger coat is two whole denim garment sides,
at all the seams - and yes, it's functional lacing, if I ever go insane
and decide I feel like removing the sleeves for an afternoon in the sun.
(I also used the sunrise
wigwam leather to make some bracers for a Highlander costume that of course
I didn't get any decent photos of.)
Couldn't have done it
without you! :)-
From Ron LaMonica
Ron LaMonica is waaaay
down in Florida -
Just look at what he
does with our leather!
From Amma Jelani
Contact Amma here
Luksin is a design co. that
holds earth and ethics close to it's heart, right next to passion for design.
Luksin leather bags and
women's clothing are artisan made. Everything is sewn and printed
on the coast of Maine, and
garment dyed in small batches in Maine or New Hampshire.
to visit Luksin, one of our leather customers. Click here
to visit Luksin's Etsy store.
Out on the Left Coast
Mike Cox runs Early Archery
out in Friday Harbor, Washington (state):
I thought you might enjoy
these pix of a quiver project I just finished with material I bought from
The fur is from the Nutria
furs you sold some months back, the body leather and lace is from your
The hardware, D Rings
and spring clasp were also from your stock.
Thanks for supplying
great materials. Mike Cox Early Archery Friday Harbor , WA
When Justin Reeder Decides
to Try His Hand at Leatherwork...
I ordered a side of the
Wichita Falls and a couple pieces of the chestnut colored book binders
pigskin that you had.
With that I decided to
make myself a satchel. Other than making a handful of knife sheaths,
this was my first real
leather project. I cannot take credit for the design, I based it
satchel design. But I drew the patterns, cut it all out, and hand stitched
together over the last
few weeks. I just wanted to say thanks for the leather, I really
like the Wichita Falls sides!
Justin Reeder, Summerville,
Morgan Bennett made This
Our North of Cordovan
This holster is made
from the North of Cordovan strips I received last week.
I haven't tried dying
it yet, but so far it's been superb leather for holster-making.
A Great Source for Collars
and Leashes - and they're in Maine!
From Mike McLaughlin
Thought it would be fun
to show you what I make with your wonderful leather
That box I got from you
has lots of good leather and I plan to use it well.
From Brett Tom:
Hi Brettuns: Just
wanted to drop you a line a send in some pics of some recent projects.
A dog collar for my in laws'
coon hound named Copper, and watch strap for myself. I'm still learning
a lot about the art and
frustration off the saddle stitch...I have an iPad on the way, so that'll
probably be the next project.
These were made from Clearance
hide #395 which I bought from you guys earlier this year.
More from Brett - a knife
sheath and a credit card wallet:
From Jamie Maldonado
We had to look at this one
for a minute or so before it sunk in. This is one of our 4 oz veg
tan tooling sides that Jamie Maldonado decided to wet form
around a torso that belonged
to some guy with no body fat. Incredible. Jamie says he can
make you one of these if you want to drop
him a line.
From Mike Purpura:
This box is made from quarter
sawed Red Oak. The outside panels are covered with 100% 18oz Hemp.
The lining is 100% wool
felt over a Spanish Cedar frame. The handle is 100% Brettuns Village.
That yellow lizard print
leather didn't look all that promising when it left here. Patricia
McDonald, a Mainer, had the vision that we didn't.
Fabulous! Below are
more items made by Pat - some great skillet handle covers and a backpack!
Pat's website here.
"Hey, I noticed you all
had a spot on your website showcasing some of your customers' finished
projects. Maybe you'd like to put some of these up? I'll admit the mask
is a bit much, haha.
Most of this stuff is made
from your 3.5 Oz Veg Tan Tooling Sides. The last hide I got from ya'll
was a great weight for what I needed and finishes out beautifully. As soon
as I sell some more stuff I'll be ordering some more :)
I started working with leather
a couple years ago and you guys make getting a hold of what I need easy.
I sew everything by hand right now, but maybe sometime I can justify getting
a machine to do certain things with.
Just in case you want to
put it up, this is where
I sell some of my stuff "
Made from our Black Oil
Shale leather by Juan Martinez Navedo.
"Great leather, Dyna Solo
Bags. If someone has an inquiry they
can e-mail me.
Hey! I just finished
the first piece of my armor thanks to the uber fast shipping of the spiffy
Just a simple clamshell
bracer to see how it came together. The leather is perfect and I
can't wait to make more with it!
Some of our Trunk Parts
Are Crossing Over!
K. Hesketh (UK) found innovative
uses for our trunk handle brackets and reproduction travel labels.
You can find these and many
more trunk and case parts right
Posh Pockets are uniquely
designed and individually crafted by artist Mary North Phillips.
Fabricated in her studio,
these beautiful and stylish bags are exceptionally well made of high
quality fabrics which are
personally selected by the designer. All of the bags are fully lined,
many with interior leather
pockets and some with detailed, hand-stitched accents of imported glass
or pearl beads.
Annemarie Feld creates amazing
works of wearable art, and there's some Brettuns Village Leather in there!
Eco-friendly handbags made
from reclaimed materials.
There are several handbag
styles to choose from.
Each bag is slightly different
from the next as the materials are rarely exactly the same.
Handbags are designed to
have a clean modern style.
The minimalist designs are
born out of my desire to show that recycled can look fresh and refined.
Express your individual
personality and go green with a handbag from City
Good old Brettuns Village
Trunk Shop makes leather
trunk straps that look pretty nice, and they're good for more than
just holding a trunk shut.
Here's a set being used
to hold a storage box on a sweet ride.
Hi Churchill: I just
wanted to send you the pictures of the stuff I've made from that North
of Cordovan strip I ordered.
They're not the greatest,
and I'm certainly new to leathercraft, but I'm pretty proud of them anyway.
I made a single layer belt
for my best friend, a double layer belt hand-stitched with hemp for my
farmer cousin, and a key keeper to go with it.
Thanks for all your help!
From Shaun vanBergen:
I just wanted to share what
we did with the 5 hides I purchased from you several months ago.
These are some of the pictures
from the interior of my Cessna 172.
The plane will probably
be featured in several articles in Cessna Owner Magazine at the beginning
The upholsterer I hired
to do the work said this was even better than the leather that he
has used on the country
music stars coaches in the past 20 years.
From Daniel Sisk:
A while back I ordered some
of that yellow lizard leatha.
I then realized I need a
small patch of white deer skin and you so honorable sent me a chunk in
You made a project possible
for me and I wanted to send you a few pics of the piece I made.
It is a fighting belt for
a local sword fighter.
It is lined with steel plates
to protect his kidneys and lower back.
Thank you so very much;
Hello Churchill! I'm
sending an image showing a picture frame I've made using the antique upholstery
tacks I bought from you.
Amazing Piece I feel like
I gave birth upon completion! I'm going to order 200 more of those tacks.
Will look through the site and see what else I need.
Hope your well, I hear spring
is on the way....no more -24 degrees here in Canada!
So, Who Buys Those Weird Fish Skins
M CASTANO ART LLC
2841 Watch Point Road
Shoreham, VT 05770
My project: creating
leather case bindings for prayer books whose plastic covers have been destroyed
over time, but whose pages are still in good condition.
Without new bindings, the
books will have to be discarded. Here are two photos: one of the
old, worn out covers, and one of the books with their new, Brettuns Village
leather case bindings.
Amateur, yes, but also quite
beautiful! Thank you for your great leathers and affordable pricing.
Goes to War!
Thanks again for all of
your help with providing some awesome leather! Of the 40lbs of oxblood
I ordered, we made 2 full sets of armor
(torso, leg grieves, 2 full-arms,
and a war skirt) as well as an additional torso piece....and I still have
We made great use of the
scraps and I have included several photos below.
In the group shot, I believe
all of the helmets and any oxblood you see came from you.
Our friends in Northern
Michigan also ordered some oxblood from you.
The helmets are from your
thicker leather from a previous order.
A pen made from leather.
Now we've seen everything.
Nice work by Paul Doxsss
My journey with leather
began 40 years ago and has evolved to incorporate rare stones and beautiful
The viewer of this site
can see another dimension of how this ancient medium can be used.
Thanks to Brettuns Village
for being a reliable supplier of quality leathers and tools
We play historical bagpipes
and music from all over Europe generally nothing later than 1650 - nothing
Celtic as such. But then the Celts did come from Bavaria...
The leather arrived last
week and I worked intensely to make another bag, so fast, that I even had
a day to remove the first attempt and tie in all the wooden parts to the
It's nice to know Calf hide
works. I used some of the black leather as a welt for the edge seam. That
looks nice with the oxblood.
Once that was done I played
it on & off all day Sat & Sun at our Renaissance Faire. We had
either light or heavy rain both days.
I got some rain spotting
on the outside of the bag, which might dry out over the next days. It doesn't
look like it was seeping moisture & gunk through the leather from within.
The best is that the new
bag really holds air well and makes playing as easy as it could be, and
I didn't have to wait another week to put in into service.
It's an English Great Medieval
bagpipe made many years ago by Julian Goodacre in Scotland.
The Mountain Man From Pennsylvania
Hand-Tooled Custom Quivers and Other
Fred lives in Pennsylvania
and is known for his archery shooting skills, as well as his fine custom
He does every bit of work
on these side quivers by hand, just like he does with wallets, handbags,
and other leather items. Here's some more of his work:
Fred's known in the Allegheny
region as an archer - he is an instructor and competition shooter and has
enjoyed great success.
The one on the upper right
has real boar tusks and badger fur and a fully tooled strap that's been
stitched along both edges with our leather cord.
Tooling work like this takes
literally hundreds of hours, but Fred can make one of these for you if
you don't mind paying him for his time.
All of these items were
made with leather from Brettuns Village. We get a real kick out of
This custom holster is lined
with real buckskin and is designed to fit a .45 caliber pistol.
Beautiful leather journals
- perfect for doodling!
Green Man Leather
Bags, pouches, journals,
belts, and more
Snow White Sides
Churchill, Thank you for
the fine piece of white leather you sent me.
As you can see from the
pictures, the Crusader Crosses I cut out for my jacket worked out pefectly.
I found that I really like
working with leather and will be back in touch. Thank You Again Steve
Amazing Traditional Archery
Nothing gives you a firmer
grip on your bow when you are trying run an arrow through the boiler of
a delicious animal than Brettuns Village Leather!
(ed note: Nice shot,
Don Chepe DelCulo
From John Purdy over
(a suburb of New York City
according to most Mainers)
Officer's hats and Shakos
made with leather brims!
Fan your Smudge!
The Spirit Bear is a website
that features the work of Linda Pettersen.
Linda knows how to make
some incredible smudge fans, and she also knows where to buy her leather!
Visit her website here -
Take a Seat
Garth Thompson did one heck
of a job with this great old chair.
Stormy Schwindt's New
A nice leather vest and
coat with antler buttons, made with leather from you-know-where.
Stormy is a teacher out in Montana.
This guy is covered in leather
from head to toe, which we think is an idea more people should subscribe
to. Stormy's artwork is incredible. Take
Awesome brook trout carved
Jim Markell's Whips
Hi, I wanted to tell
you how great your Spur Fire cowhide was. I'm enclosing a picture of a
bullwhip I made from it, and I intend to pick up a couple of more of these
hides to make some more whips with.
Regards, Jim Markell
e-mail Jim here: email@example.com
or visit his website:
Hello- I've ordered several
boxes of your "scrap veg.-tanned leather" to make sheathes for my custom
knives. I can honestly say that I've been
more than pleased with the
quality of the leather AND the quality of your service. I've attached
a photo of one of my knife/sheath combo's for you to see... and, if you
know anyone who wants a great knife, send
'em my way...!
Thanks! Ike Powell
Wake Forest, NC
"Raid Ye Not A Dragon's
Lair... For Ye'd Be Tasty Medium Rare..."
Making Western Wear?
So is Kathy Younger, only she makes it in sizes to fit small dolls!
This gun belt would fit
around a GI Joe or Ken doll, believe it or not.
Don't pick a fight with
these guys - they'll shoot you in the ankle.
Then they'll ride away on
these hosses and hide under your couch.
Thanks, Kathy, for sending
in these great photos.
From Kathy: Just
wanted you to see the world of leather you opened up for me. These two
fellas are my favorite figures. I made these chaps today. (I also made
the hats -
flexible clay and the
darker gun belt that you can't really see here). Hmm, this is getting
to be pretty fun. I just may be buying more from you in the not too distant
future.I LOVE that rich pull-up leather, as you know.
I managed to use every
inch of it (I mean EVERY inch of it!) in order to make a miniature gun
belt. The Colt was made by a blacksmith friend of mine.
Two artist friends made
the horses and saddles for me. My cowboys fit on them perfectly.
I know I'm sounding a bit insane now, but...oh well...
a resource website for the leather craftsman providing quality instructional
Instructional books, as
well as providing leather patterns to make Custom Leather Boots.
A Leather Chess Board
from Lauren T
Wow! What a great
idea - a leather chess board! Lauren Tenney made this work of art.
as promised, here are
the photos of the completed chess set. Thank-you for your incredible help
in making this project possible.
I made the playing pieces
from ceramic clay - the kind you would use to make bowls and such, and
sculpted each of them by hand,
using my best of each
type as the model. I then sanded them, fired them in a kiln, then
glazed them (the white pieces are only glazed with clear as the clay is
and then fired them again.
then I put the little sticky felt bottoms on using self-adhesive felt.
The board is cherry and I had the pieces
cut for me by a woodworker
I know, and then I built and finished it. I figured out that the
total time spent on all aspects of the project -
especially the pieces
- was around 50 hours!! very worth it. I will be telling everyone crafty
that I know about your site.
Tom & Pat Gaber Worked a Minor Miracle
Hi: We ordered
a hide from you in November 2004. We covered an old Majestic Mighty
Monarch radio with the hide.
You mentioned that you
would be interested in seeing the finished product. Here are some
pictures of what your hides covered up.
It was a lot of work,
but the finished radio is beautiful. But here are the pictures -
hope you enjoy them. Tom & Pat Gaber
Put Your Cutie In Booties
BABY BOOTIES AND BUTTERFLIES
Theresa Szafran lives in
Anchorage, Alaska and runs her own business up there making these wonderful
booties. Her website is great - take a look!
Great Wyoming Chaps!
This is a photo of one pair
of kids chaps I made from your Lipstick Red & Snow White leather.
Nice leather to work with
All this stuff from a 9
square foot scrap! Frog for a rapier is not shown. A quiver, frog for a
battle axe, arm guard for archery, hat, tankard strap,
belt and I still have some
left over. Shown on a buffalo skin from BrettunsVillage. I love you guys!!!!
Klancey (Larry Phillips)
Now you know why I needed
160 1-inch rings. The leather was cut from a roll of that suede.
Yep - that's all your stuff. Thanks for keeping me off the streets
Larry also bought one of
our tool kits and made his own case for it:
Get your own tool kit right
What do you do with a big
pile of goat furs?
Cover the La-Z-Boy, of course!
Fellow Mainer Bridget uses
our suedes to make shoes for her children. Great work!
-From the West Coast-
Fine work by H. Scott Plouse
(Left image) I thought
you might appreciate these ring-armored, leather bracers I made using your
5 oz. Hickory leather. This is part of an entire armor suite I'm
in the process of completing.
(Center image) The leather
corset on my daughter (left) was made using the Olive and Sand nubuck I
purchased from you and the corset on her best friend (right) used the Mocha
and Cabernet nubuck.
(Right) While most
of my stuff is for our shooting gear or reenactment activities, this was
a fun little project for my granddaughter, who loves three things in life:
candy, purses, and her binky. So, she got this kid-sized purse with
a "Binky Pouch" attached.
A great looking headboard
made by Andrew Stairs - a fellow Mainer!
From Vern Ray
Thanks to Brettuns Village
Leather's very affordable leather prices, I'm knocking out tons of projects.
We sell at shows and request.
All of the items are one-of-a-kind.
Journal covers; belt bags; wood and leather boxes; key fobs; even a cat-o'-nine-tails
(us flatlanders have weird ways of entertaining !).
Thanks again and I look
forward to ordering more of - everything !
Wolf Pit Whips
Hello Churchill! Here's
an item for your customer project page. The black whip in the
picture was made from your Black Boot military sides in
2.5oz and has 2 plaited
underbellys and a 8 plait overlay. This whip is 6 feet long. I am currently
making two 8 foot "indiana jones" style
bullwhips out of your dark
brown chamois sides. If you are intrested in buying
a whip, visit
my website http://www.wolfpitwhips.com. I cater to all age groups,
and Sell whips for the sport of whipcracking only.
Thanks - Adam Ouellette
An Amazing Artist
Behold the amazing artwork
of Rodolfo Morales-Miranda, who used our thick veg-tan sides as the canvas
for his work. Rudy is stationed overseas as part of the military
presence in Iraq, and he's a great customer of ours.
We ship to him through his
APO address using priority mail. It works out well -
seems to reach him fairly quickly. Can you imagine the amount of
hours that go into making something like this?
Well, it's not like he can
run out to the movie theater or the grocery store.
Rudy for more information.
A little too much time in
Angie Allen made these excellent
units for a pal in New Zealand. Brettuns Village Leather spans the
globe to make feet comfortable.
The Wizard's Best Friend!
Steve Korpa made this incredible
wizard's hat and other items. His display shack, some shoes, and
his "Full-Blown Wizard's Hat" are shown here. E-mail
From Ason Louviere
I am sending you some images
of some leather armor I made from the buffalo leather scraps you sell.
There is an upper body piece
with hinged shoulder pieces, and some vambraces. There is also leg armor
but it looks just like the
arm pieces so I am not sending a picture of them. The buffalo is very soft
and is it very easy to wear these
all day at the ren faires.
I also make sword scabbards and belts and belt pouches.
Also there are pictures
of a shoulder bag from some split leather with matching vanbraces and quiver.
This is what has become
of some of your suede splits. I tried to make a replica of the leather
shirt John Wayne
wears in Hondo. Also made
a rifle sleeve with bead work. It is lined with an ultra-soft blue fleece
Except for the bottom of
the bib on the shirt, all fringe edges are natural edges. Thanks for being
a great supplier-
Ason Louviere ( aka Rick
Cottontree if you visit Scarborough Faire in Waxahachie TX or Tex Ren Fest
in Magnolia TX )
How to Scare off Nuisance Buffalo
Just call Brettuns Village
customer Jim O-Hanlon down in Florida and he'll bring his flame-throwing
pistols over to your ranch. Whoa there, Jim - a bit heavy on the
Here's a few pictures
of my 'hobby' --- cowboy action shooting, with Leathuh accoutrements.
This one shows my half-chaps-leggings (made with Brettun's Pigskin suede)
I'm the guy on the right....
Yep, I shoot only black powder cartridges and have a reputation for 'flaming'
the competition. I am the Florida State Cap n' Ball cowboy shooter in 2003.
Here is one that shows
me in (Brettun's Leathuh) chaps (batwings, with shamrocks in the corners)
and Brettun Leathuh cuffs (these are roping cuffs cowboys
wore to protect their
shirt sleeves from getting caught in a rope when 'dallying' the lariat
around the saddlehorn). Shamrocks on these, too.
Some Folks Even Use Leather On Their
Hi: Thought you
might like to see photos of my Brettuns Leather Project. I put new
leather on my boat's dodger
(the canvas thingy you
see in the photo). Thanks again for your great service. Beverly
Amaral Customer for Life!
From Matt Sweeney
Hey Churchill: Here
are some pictures from a performance my fire troupe did at Burning Man
(minor gig, only 35,000 people or so watching before the man burns...).
So here they are, or a few of them at least. We did a fire-bullfight,
with half of us dressed as matadors and half as bulls. I'm especially
proud of the leather corduroy pants with kevlar stitching (better fire
protection than my old nomex flight suit), which I'm wearing in the scary
three-person move, and the giant bullhead with flaming horns. People
kept asking me what it was made out of. I'd tell them "It's a cow
face." They'd ask, "No, really, what is it made out of, it looks
so real?" I'd say, "Really, it is a cow face. I got it from
Maine." The cow faces also made appearances as a top for my girl
Kara. So thanks for providing such interesting costume raw materials-
ones that won't burn through even when splattered with huge amounts of
flaming white gas (we didn't mean to check that one, but luck had other
ideas). Now I just need a way of cleaning off that playa dust...
Best of luck this
hunting season! Matt