Leatherwork

Creation of articles from leather, fur, or hide

The well-armored puss

Worried that your feline companion is underprotected? Behold! Leather armor fit for Bastet - or a Khajiit warrior - promoted on the Geekologie website and made and sold on Etsy by schnabuble. (photos)

Unique horse harness found at Cork castle dig

Archaeologists working on excavations at Caherduggan, near Doneraile, Co Cork, Ireland, have discovered a gilt-covered leather harness with heraldic symbols dating to the 13th-14th century, the only "intact example ever found in Britain or Ireland."

Elizabeth Greene shares an "Academic Minute" on Roman shoes

A recent "Academic Minute" from WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, features Dr. Elizabeth Greene of Western University in London, Canada, on the topic of Roman shoes, and what they can tell us about the lives of people in Roman Britain.

Historic High Heels for Men

Manly high heels date back centuries, worn by horsemen as well as powerful rulers.

Dragon Nymph Crafting

Dragon Nymph Crafting makes elf ears. They also offer faery ears, wood nymph ears, goblin ears, pixie ears, and other fantasy creatures.

Arkayn Leatherworks

Arkayn Leatherworks offers goods for all of your leather needs: belts, quivers, tankards,  bracers,sword frogs, sheaths, etc. They specialize in custom work, including artistic leather carvings and embossing, and they carry a wide variety of jewelry, leather, wiccan, and mundane.

Buxom Bitch Horns

Buxom Bitch Horns and Archery offers hand painted drinking horns, leather drinking mugs, sandblasted glass, and Mongolian horse bows made by Istvan Toth.  Check them out on Etsy or look for them at renaissance fairs science fiction conventions or SCA.  They were formally known as The Stag and The Griffin.

Decorated medieval horse harness found in Ireland

On the Day of Archaeology blog, Damien Shields recounts the discovery of "one of the most beautiful archaeological objects" he had ever come across. Once thought to be a leather scabbard belt, the artifact proved to be a piece of decorated medieval horse harness. (photos)

Bronzehammer: Torfin's Viking-era Jewelry and Art

Bronzehammer, a shop on Etsy.com, offers Viking-era jewelry and art for your historical reenactment needs.

Best Irish Horse Harness Ever

A "virtually complete" horse harness of leather and metal pendants was brought to light from a well at Caherduggan in County Cork.

Designer da Vinci

Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci is known for his paintings, inventions and scientific research. Now he will be known for his - handbags? (photos)

Cool Craniums

Cool Craniums is a source for all sorts of furs, pelts, hides, feathers, skulls, claws, teeth, bones, and horns. Nikki started this business in 2000 because of her hobby for collecting skulls, and her passion for teaching and sharing with others.  The online store is accessible on Flikr, and stock is always changing and updated.

Haidner Art Studio & Armoury

Haidner Art Studio & Armoury provides custom made armour for the discerning historical collector, re-enactor and martial artist. Based on designs from the middle ages and Renaissance, armour is built to be as close to the historical types as possible, given each client's budget and design specifications.

Viking Leathercrafts

Since 1985, the Viking Leather Crafts team has continually strived to provide the highest quality leatherwork for the history enthusiast on a budget - and the finest in customer service as well. After 26 years, their products are still being worn by countless swordsmen, swordswomen, and Living History enthusiasts around the world.

60 pairs of Roman shoes found at Scottish supermarket site

One of the largest caches of Roman shoes and sandals ever found in Scotland was discovered recently in Camelon, Scotland when workers at a supermarket construction site unearthed the footwear.

[AET] Agincourt

Heroes will be made upon the field this day, Archer and Knight alike shall make their mark. On this St. Crispin’s day We will also hold an arts and sciences display specializing in Leatherwork, as well as and arts and sciences Historic Combat feature.

"Learning by living" in the SCA

SCA members in Casper, Wyoming (Kingdom of the Outlands) look forward to their annual event "Here There be Dragons," where they meet, share blows and "learn by doing." Elysia Conner of the Casper Journal visited with James Shipley, known in the SCA as Ronin, and has the story.

Dimensions in Leather Conference

The "Dimensions in Leather Conference" will be held in Brisbane, hosted by the Leathercrafters Association of Queensland Inc.

What goes around, comes around

In which "old' is "new" again. Perhaps these young Mexican gentlemen have been influenced by late 15th century footwear?

Gryffon Armory and the Green Gryffon Inn & Pub

The Gryffon Armory provides leather armor and accessories for the SCA, Larp, or anything in need of leatherwork. From costume and armor grade leather pieces such as bracers, gorget, and even full suits to frogs, sheaths, quivers, and, for the completist, dog harnesses for carts. They also deal in llamelar, scale, and even chain armor and jewelry.

Viking/Iron Age shoe tutorial

On the Earth & Living blog, "Body Therapist and Former Art Student," Therese offers a tutorial for making a pair of Viking/Iron Age shoes.

Free "Archaeology of York" downloads

Several books in the Archaeology of York series are now available to download for free in PDF format. The books are out of print.

Renaissance raised heel shoes web site upgraded

The website "Chopine, Zoccolo, and Other Raised Heel and High Heel Construction," created by Master Vyncent atte Wodegate (OL), has received a major overhaul recently.

"How to History" offers video tutorials for the historic arts

The website How to History offers a divers series of videos that teach a variety of medieval crafts of use to re-enactors.

12th century leather mask found in Novgorod

Victor Singh, of the Veliki Novgorod archaeological project in Russia, has announced the discovery of a pagan mask, cut from the top of a leather boot, in the 13th Troitsky Pit. (photo)

Romans wore socks with sandals

Fibers found on a rusty sandal nail suggest that Romans were wearing socks under their sandals. The sandal was discovered in a dig in North Yorkshire, England.

Medieval leatherworking list created on Yahoo Groups

Thomas von Holthausen reports that a discussion list for medieval leatherworkers is available on Yahoo Groups.

Early 18th century shoes found in German wall

Eight high quality shoes dating to around 1708 were discovered recently in the Gothic tower of a palace in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Website offers detailed photos of Novgorod leather

From Legio Draconis: a website with photos of the amazingly-preserved leather from Novgorod, Russia including sheathes, pouches and incredibly, whole boots and shoes, dating to the 12th and 14th centuries.

Martha Stewart learns maskmaking from SCAdian artist

Artist and SCA member Andrea Masse-Tognetti (Meredith the Maskmaker) joined Martha Stewart on October 7, 2009 to demonstrate how to make a leather unicorn mask.