Where do your turning materials come from?
We are blessed to have access to family owned woodlots and multiple tree services that harvest trees for the benefit of landowners throughout southern Maine. We respect the land and carefully manage for desirable species to ensure sustainable and valuable timber yield for generations to come.
The exotic timbers that we use come from suppliers that import legally from sustainable, managed stocks.
Why aren’t your spindles “pinned” ?
Pinned spindles are not any less, or inferior. They are just made using a process that is very different from ours. Modern wood turning equipment is not built to the same specifications as CNC or metalworking equipment. Through trial and error, we have been able to develop a proprietary process that greatly minimizes the inherent lack of alignment that is present in all wood lathes. This allows us to provide spindles that give a level of performance that is among the finest available, but without requiring counterweights to be added to smooth out wobbling.
How soon can you ship?
We have daily pickup from USPS. Orders that are packaged from the previous days’ business are sent out each morning. Your tracking label will appear in the USPS tracking system as soon as the driver scans it. This applies to all Domestic and International shipments.
How is the local timber you process cured?
All of our local timbers are kiln dried by us. We borrow from modern Scandinavian lumber drying technology and modify their process to obtain very specific results. The resulting finished timber that we obtain from drying this way has all the qualities of being air-dried over several years. The reason why this is important for our spinning tools is that air-cured hardwoods do not have any brittleness baked in from being exposed to high temperatures. They retain the natural resiliency of the tree itself. The color is also naturally richer, which we think is a nice benefit.
Our wooden Yarn Bowls are turned twice and are cured prior to finish turning, producing one-piece bowls that are crafted to provide a lifetime of service; without warping, twisting or cracking.
Where do you source your leather from?
The top grain leathers that we use for our bags and cases start as full hides from a select group of tanneries. These premium quality hides are graded and then sold off to be used for custom upholstery and handbags. It has a superb “hand” or texture and is flawlessly tumbled and dyed. We are amazed that we get to use it for the bags and cases that we make. Enjoy.
What is Top Grain Leather?
Leather has a rather obscure grading system that can be a little (or a lot) misleading.
Cowhides are typically pretty thick. A full 1/4 inch thick or greater, on very large hides.
The tightest, strongest fibers are at the surface. Fibers toward the inside are less tightly aligned and have less strength.
The full thickness of cowhide after it is tanned, is called Full Grain. This is typically used for saddlery and harnesses. Some manufacturers who are making very large handsewn rucksacks and luggage will also use full grain. This is the strongest grade of leather. Smaller animals like Goat, Calf, Pig and Sheep are all typically used as full grain hides.
Varying thicknesses of Cowhide that include the outer surface of the hide is called Top Grain. This is obtained by splitting the hide (skiving) to the desired thickness by machine. This grade is coveted for custom upholstery and handbags. Some top grain is made thin enough for garments. Hides that are top grain will show brands and scars. This grade has most of the strength characteristics of Full Grain, without the stiffness and weight.