April 29, 2015

Monogrammed Leashes from Walnut Studiolo

Portland is a city full of talented makers, and we're lucky enough to collaborate with some of the best! If you've got one of our leather Leashes, you're familiar with the handy work of our friends at Walnut Studiolo. Founder/Designer/Craftsman Geoff Franklin is a very hands-on sort of guy. He personally selects each cowhide (vegetable-tanned leather from an American tannery using hydes from USDA beef cattle) before cutting, dying, stitching and fastening each product Walnut makes. He also offers the personal touch of custom monogramming for select products.

Not too long ago, we were all chatting over a few beers and it occurred to us that monogramming our Leashes would be a super classy touch, so we're working together to make it happen just in time for Father's Day. I stopped by Walnut's studio to see just how hands on the process of monogramming a Leash really is.


 "English" Bridle leather, made in the USA is cut by hand using a straight edge and draw gauge. Both edges are skived, creating a rounded surface that is soft to touch and hold. The end piece is cut to fit perfectly against the 1" steel ring and the leather is folded over to ensure a tight fit.

Geoff monograms each piece by hand, lining up each letter before tapping them into place with a rubber mallet.


Tools of the trade and the finished "DAD" monogram.

Learn more about Walnut Studiolo and Geoff's production process through their inspiring video.

Walnut from Cineastas on Vimeo.