This bifold leather wallet is made from 4-5oz leather on the exterior with the interior pieces being 2-3oz each, and is a total of 0.5″ thick when closed and measures about 3.25″ x 4.375″ on the closed outside dimensions. On the inside there is the main pocket at the top for holding bills as well as three card holder slots and one horizontal pocket for additional storage on each side.
The outside of this billfold wallet is tooled / stamped with a repeating traditional leather lace pattern while the whole wallet, interior and exterior has been left as natural vegetable tan, treated with beeswax and neatsfoot oil so it will darken over time and with use. The stitching was done in a nude poly cord, and the edges are burnished to give the item additional protection.
Each item starts out from a side of North American or European vegetable tanned leather, tanned in a natural process with tree bark and vegetable oils. From here I first hand cut each piece to the desired dimensions, clean up the inside and the edges, then after an appropriate length of time casing the leather with water I free hand cut and/or tool in the chosen design with variety of hand tools. Afterwards the item is oiled and left to dry for a time before colour is added with spirit dyes and acrylics through airbrushing, application with daubers, rubbing over the impressions, and paint brushing details. At the end, a finish is applied and edges burnished with water, oils, and beeswax to give the item a long life.
Items will often stretch a small amount from wear, and will often take some breaking in in order to conform to its owner. It may sometimes help to lightly dampen the inside of the item during the first few wears to assist this process. In doing this, some dye may transfer to your skin during the first few wears or if the item becomes too wet. The dye itself is non-toxic, but often colourfast to any surfaces it may get on. For dye on the skin, shampoo (the hair kind) seems to work the best at removing it.
To ensure the long life of your items, keep them away from strong solvents and chemicals. They may also discolour from sitting in the sun over time. Oiling the item with mink oil will keep it soft and pliable, though natural body oils and wear is often all that is needed.
If you like what you see here, and want something different, feel free to contact me – I can customize any design and tailor it to your liking.
Thank you very much for looking!