Pendragon briefcase Restoration

You can see from the picture (above)Pendragon is a trade name of Papworth Industries now known as Papworth travel goods, it was originally formed as a Tuberculosis colony many years ago. The colony made many items to provide activity for patients as well as income. Over the years I have bought these case when ever I have had the chance and have occasionally restored them for sale. As with many products there were options available to the customer as time progressed the options changed zippered pockets inside and out were my favourites so when I saw a case with these … Continue reading Pendragon briefcase Restoration

Montblanc Mozart case

I was recently asked if it would be possible to make a case for a Montblanc Mozart fountain pen 113 mm long and 9 mm wide with additional 3 mm for the clip. My little finger will not fit past the first knuckle so it is small. This is one of my largest cases designed for three Emperor size pens. This case is for the Montblanc 149 fountain pen. The white item in these pictures is the moulded Kydex which gives the case its strength. As this case is not an order more a proof of concept for myself I … Continue reading Montblanc Mozart case

Triple Emperor brogue style

This commission is for a triple emperor fountain pen case with a brogue pattern I have made such a case previously so I decided to make a new brogue design. I started with a piece of grey board drawing out a pattern inspired by a different pair of shoes. I used my circle tool to form the shape with guide lines. The circle tool has marks on it to help line it up. When I was happy with the design I transferred the layout lines to the mould to allow me to position the template accurately in later stages. I … Continue reading Triple Emperor brogue style

Long Nakaya case

I love Japanese hand made pens I have made a number of cases for the supersize pens but I make cases for all sizes pen. This is where I start three pieces of flat kydex this is a plastic that can be heated and formed originally from the aircraft industry but also used in the making of gun holsters. I have a two part wooden form which I made to the shape I wanted for the pen slots. I heat the kydex with a hot air gun until it is soft enough to form. I made this form with a … Continue reading Long Nakaya case

Three pen case with pen rest

I am making a pen case to carry three standard size pens, it will also carry a custom pen rest and have an additional loop to allow a tracking device to be attached. I started by making the pen slots from flat kydex sheet that I heated and moulded over a custom form. After forming and trimming I wrapped the kydex pieces in suede From the dimensions of these pieces I was able to work out the size of the pen rest that could be accommodated. I made a sample from plywood which seemed to work quite well. The test … Continue reading Three pen case with pen rest

DSLR Camera sling

I enjoy photography and have an older Cannon 40D so when I was asked to make a camera sling I jumped at the chance. I decided to use a dyed through veg tanned shoulder. There are a few challenges making a sling strong enough to hold the weight of the camera and a large lens. I copied and modified an existing sling to work in leather creating a template and a test piece in leather. I chose a thinner leather for this project as I don’t want any unfinished edges to show so all pieces are finished leather on both … Continue reading DSLR Camera sling

Padded travel case

Bloggers can see details of searches that bring viewers to our blogs, recently I saw someone was searching for a padded travel case and I realised that I have never made one. I think this is the closest I have come to a travel case but without padding so I think my next project will be a padded case for maybe six large pens. Rather than just make the case I wanted to share some of my ideas, I tried to make a drawing yesterday but my ability let me down. I made two cases for different people years ago … Continue reading Padded travel case