At Beargrass Leather, our process makes our leather goods stand out. Our products are made by hand, in the USA, from full-grain leather.
Beargrass Leather goods start with leather selection. A majority of our leather is tanned in America: Horween, Seidel, and S.B. Foot. We enjoy leather with lots of character, like hair on hide cow or bison. After leather is selected based on temper, color, and thickness, we begin to shape, glue, and chisel.
Leather cement is used to hold everything tight for the stitching chisel (shown above) and stitching. Most people ask what type of sewing machine we must use. We reply, "our hands."
Ultimately, the stitching is what makes Beargrass Leather different. It takes time -- lots of time, but every item is more durable for the effort. We essentially use the traditional saddle stitch (two concurrent running stitches). Should a stitch break, it will stay in place.
Our thread is thicker (1.0 mm) than any leather sewing machine can stitch. It is nearly seven to ten times thicker than a standard Singer sewing machine cotton thread. It is almost always a waxed polyester thread that is made in Maine for its durability and UV resistance.
Finally, some finishing touches are applied. Are they old west, western European, or just west of adorable? We're not sure, but we like it. We believe that taking hand-made literally makes for a more durable and unique product.