Handmade Leather by Fiona Ritchie for Sparrowhawk
Leather custom made to order - embossed initials and embossed pilot's wings
Pilots who want a compact, quality wallet for their NZ pilot's licence and medical certificate.
The Pilot's Licence and Medical Certificate wallet pictured is finished in an Smooth Finish Navy with bone handstitching and embossed name and pilots wings. The "How it is Made" below describes how Fiona made this item.
The Pilot's Licence and Medical Certificate Wallet has a pilot's licence pocket, a cutaway sleeve for the Medical Certificate and and an additional sleeve for other documents (front cover).
How is it made?
The PIlot's Licence and Medical certificate Wallet is made from hand finished, full grain, vegetable tanned, "rawhide" leather (russet) outer. Four pieces of leather are cut including, front cover, inside front cover sleeve, inside back cover medical certificate sleeve, and pilot's licence pocket. The fold line for the cover is grooved, lines grooved on the edges of the sleeves and pilot's licence pocket, the corners shaped, edges bevelled and the stitching lines grooved around the perimeter. The leather is cased the pilot's wings and the initials are carefully aligned and stamped with a rawhide mallet to the front cover, and the Sparrowhawk maker's stamp is applied to the pilot's licence pocket. Then several coats of dye are lightly, hand applied to the leather. The colour is then sealed, waxed and polished. The stitching holes are then hand chiselled on the pilot's lience pocket. The pocket is aligned to the front sleeve, and the stitching holes repunched through. The pilot's licence pocket is hand stitched to the front sleeve. Next the front sleeve and back sleeve are aligned to the front cover and stitching holes hand punched using 4 at a time with a stitching chisel tool and rawhide mallet. The three parts are handstitched using Irish Linen waxed thread in a two needle saddle stitch. The corners and edges are trimmed, dye is applied and they are hand burnished with a wooden burnisher. Finally, a finishing wax and polish is applied.
Genuine hand finished leather (vegetable tanned, full grain leather rawhide russet), hand stitched with 4 ply waxed Irish Linen thread.
Maximum 4 letters.
12.5 cm high x 10 cm wide (when closed) 20 cm wide (when open)