Welcome to the Reverend’s Big Blog of Leather. Some years ago I wrote and published a vanity piece on leather work in the first half of the seventeenth century. This blog is my way of avoiding both the production costs and requirement to actually finish a manuscript for a second edition. I’ve expanded the timeframe slightly to include my medieval and Anglo-Saxon leather work as it gives me more opportunity to show off. My approach is to use home made or substitute tools such as butter knives, so you can’t claim that you don’t have the tools necessary to try any of these. Consider this site a tribute to the number of things you can do with the back of a butter knife.
I’ve used categories that match the chapters in the first edition, so you can select a particular category and get all the relevant posts on that subject. There’s a couple of new categories as well, such as “Archery Equipment” and the self explanatory “Dig Reports” to present more of the source information. Please enjoy your reading and feel free to try any of the projects yourself.
The Reverend’s Big Book of Leather page contains sample chapters from the book that started it all. The introduction gives much of the background, but due to being defrocked by a database crash at the ULC, I’m no longer a real reverend. I do play one on TV.