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Buckles and Straps – The Beginnings of the Leather Camera Strap

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What is a Dopp Kit – The Accessory of the Distinguished Man

Being a distinguished gentleman with as much style (and love from the ladies) as say, Ryan Gosling, does not just happen.  A few accessories are required.  The Art of Manliness includes using a dopp bag to organize your grooming tools.  Sure, you could throw your junk in a nylon zipper pouch or worse yet, into a old grocery bag, but there is no class in that.

Cicada Leather Company’s leather dopp bag is made of the highest quality leather which was tanned in a century old American tannery. The leather was conditioned and made water resistant using environmentally friendly oils and waxes.  The leather darkens with time.  The more you use this dopp bag the more is will gain a deep patina.  The bag only looks better and better!

The buckle is made of solid brass.  The case is hand stitched using time honored methods for increased durability and longevity.  The thread is a strong waxed linen thread.

Our dopp kit is made to withstand the stresses of your travels and one day, your son’s travels!

Connecting Humanity with Gardening Tools

The other night, my father made a jest that I had a bit of Martha Stewart in me.  I was discussing holiday plans, especially in regards to food and drink (the best parts!)  But beyond a love for an organized fragrant home, Martha and I both appreciate the artisan crafters of America. Last month, she ran a contest to award chosen American Makers with impressive prizes.  The selection was narrowed from thousands of soap makers, basket weavers, bee keepers, and of course leathersmiths like me.

I hold a special place in my heart for other people who work in the traditional crafts like leathersmithing and blacksmithing. A local blacksmith was up for the award.  Tuli Fisher makes the most beautiful heirloom-quality gardening tools.  His tools are made hand forged metals and upcycled woods from old barns and local construction sites.  They really are a site to behold.  The hoe I received in the mail yesterday has a deep brown smooth handle that fits in my hand so well. The metal of the hoe is clearly hand forged with unique grooves and ridges.  Looking at this hoe, you can tell that someone’s hands created this tool.  I love that feeling of a connected humanity when I use a tool made by another human being.

Since I was sharing their links and info on Facebook (traditional artisans must have eachothers backs!), I thought I would enter their giveaway.  They were giving away a pointed hoe.  They later gave away more tools and lots of beef to the local food bank.  The next morning surprised me with a win!  I beamed for days just thinking about my heirloom-quality hoe that I would pass on to future Baxter and Rupert (the names of my imaginary future offspring)!

The hoe is on display with the rest of my treasures – my Buddha candle, my cicada, my skeleton key from the coolest store in San Francisco, a sleeve of birch bark ect.  Soon, I will go dig for treasures with my pointed hoe.  And I will tell my grandbabies stories of the things I found with my hoe.

I have decided that from here on out, I will invest in my life.  The thing that I purchase which in some way comprise my life are worth investing in.  I will no longer by the cheapest or most convenient.  I will buy that which will last for years to come.  Unfortunately in this world, it requires research and time to find the durable, the well made, and the sustainable, but I will try.

Go check out these amazing garden tools – http://www.etsy.com/shop/gardentools?ref=seller_info

Countdown is on for Our Kickstarter Campaign!

Do you want to support a small woman-owned business?  Need Karma points?  Cicada Leather Company launched its Kickstarter Campaign!  We must raise $2000 by July 21st or we dont get any funding for our project.

Watch our video to find out more about our project.  Funds will go towards a major tool upgrade and inventory increase.  This means not only more but better products for you to love!

As incentives we are offering the following products and more!

Too Hot for Clothes? OOAK Nipple Tassels!

When its too hot for clothes, when you just don’t feel like wearing clothes, or when you are making rent at the Amateur Night, then its time for handmade leather nipple pasties with tassels and a bead.

I am so excited about our new pasties, or as I prefer to call them, ta tas. I documented the creation process.

Leather Peter Pan Collars Add Attitude To Your Outfit

Cicada Leather Company created a sensational detachable studded leather Peter Pan Collar and it is now available for purchase!

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How do you wear you Peter Pan Collar?  With something flowy?  With a fitted dress?  Share you style tips.