My name is Chris Hardwick. I'm a leather botteller and operate the leather side of our business. Together with my wife Michele Lukowski we are Hardwick Housewares.
The craft of making leather vessels has been around for thousands of years and really blossomed into a recognized craft and trade in medieval England where leather vessels were the norm. As other materials were regarded as undesirable or too costly for the general population, leather vessels were made in large numbers.
Botteller's guilds, separate from cordwainer's guilds did much to promote the craft and establish very high standards for materials and workmanship.
I'm proud to be practicing and promoting this ancient craft. I hope that my work and t...
- Joined June 25, 2008