Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather
Old Trunks, New Leather. All from Maine.
December 15, 2002
Only a few shopping days left until the big day. Here’s hoping
you finished your chores early this season, so all you have left to do
is toss back the eggnog and go cross country skiing. Thats’ my plan
every year, but, once again, I’m not quite there yet. Went down to
LL Bean (we call them a different name up here – LL Buttonsfalloffthefirsttimeyoutryiton)
and fought the crowds the other day. Not very productive, but it
sure was entertaining. You folks that live in Massachusetts should
all be on TV. I get the biggest kick out of watching them in that
store. When they’re strolling along, elbow to elbow, looking through
the jams and jellies that might be a good stocking stuffer for the worthless
brother in law, then they turn the corner and find themselves facing a
few stuffed deer heads and a wall full of shotguns for sale – their faces
turn a lot of colors, many of which are very seasonal.
Those of you who have been subjected to the mild form of torture that
these newsletters represent for a few years may recall that we get a lot
of our inventory through silent bid-type auctions conducted by insurance
companies. A month or so ago we put in some bids on items from a
closed tannery here in the USA. A bank got involved, creating a delay,
and then some creditors got in there, so the whole mess got delayed to
the point where, quite honestly, I just flat forgot about it. Crate
showed up this last week with some items we had won – thought we’d make
them available to you subscribers first. Weird item – but may be
useful to some of you.
How thick is that leather you’ve been working with? Have a good
way to measure it? If you’ve ever worked in a tannery or with professional
leather crafters, you may have seen them using a caliper-type gauge to
measure the thickness of the leather. The best gauges have a dial
that reads in ounces (weight per square foot) on them and a deep throat
– so that you can reach way out on the hide to do your measuring.
The most popular gauges of this type have a reach of about 6 inches – not
bad – but they cost about $950 when brand new. I know – seems ridiculous.
This load of gauges we got – over 80 of them – were specially designed
and built expressly for this tannery – they have a reach of almost 18 inches
– about 17.5″ to be exact. Nice dial that reads in ounces.
The tannery paid an average of $800 for each of these. We didn’t
pay that much. Not even close.
If you’re the type of person who wants to know exactly how thick that
leather is, you might like to pick up one of these gauges. Our price
is $250, shipping included for our USA customers. Now I understand
that something like this won’t appeal to just any old leather crafter,
but it’s a useful tool for some of you. Great price too. We
put together a special sale page just for those of you who are interested,
or for you to check out if you just want to see what one of these gauges
looks like. There’s also a nice picture of Jenny on there.
She’s the dog, remember? Here’s a link:
(old link removed)
The gauges have all been recently calibrated and are ready to use, in
excellent condition. Hard to tell them from brand new. Doubtful
that we’ll ever get another load of these, not in my lifetime anyway.
Here’s an advance warning on something else – we scored a win on a load
of veg-tan sides gauging out (with my new gauge) at 10/12 oz. Nice
stuff for that Spring armor you’ve been thinking about. These are
shipping in from overseas on a very slow boat – probably won’t see them
until late January. Just thought I’d let you know.
Had the big company Christmas party last night – it was a lot of fun.
Everybody was good – nobody ended up with a lamp shade on their head.
We did the usual gift swap thing, and somehow I ended up with some sauce
that I’m allergic to anyway. Ho Ho Ho.
Brettuns Village Leather