AWordintheWoods

A Word in the Woods · Leather Goods & Accessories

Toronto, Canada · 19 Sales

AWordintheWoods

A Word in the Woods · Leather Goods & Accessories

Toronto, Canada 19 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Announcement   Due to existing custom orders, my lead time is usually about 3 weeks. I am sometimes able to ship much sooner, but dyes and finishes take a fixed amount of time to dry, so unless I have something already in stock, I make to order, and it will be a minimum of a week.

While I will do everything in my abilities to get you an item as soon as possible, please convo me beforehand if timing is a concern.


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Canadian Etsy customers can use the code "PROUDLYCANADIAN" to receive 5% off your purchase. Thanks for shopping local!

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Announcement

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017

Due to existing custom orders, my lead time is usually about 3 weeks. I am sometimes able to ship much sooner, but dyes and finishes take a fixed amount of time to dry, so unless I have something already in stock, I make to order, and it will be a minimum of a week.

While I will do everything in my abilities to get you an item as soon as possible, please convo me beforehand if timing is a concern.


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COUPON

Bummed about the current Canadian dollar? Me too!

Canadian Etsy customers can use the code "PROUDLYCANADIAN" to receive 5% off your purchase. Thanks for shopping local!

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Please connect with me on social media:
· facebook: awordinthewoods
· instagram: awordinthewoods
· twitter: @awordinthewoods
· blog: http://awordinthewoods.com

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Michael Zimmermann

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Michael Zimmermann

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gift Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day to treat someone special. Want the perfect personalised gift?
Hand-stamped initials available for select designs.
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Making the first cut into this super luxurious Horween leather is always a bit nerve-racking for some reason. :)
#Horween #leather #valet #edc #heirloom
Traditional stamping for personalisation happens before dyes and finishes are applied. The leather is ‘cased’ to a specific moisture content for crisp impressions.
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About

Authentic, handcrafted leather goods inspired by the elegance of everyday utility

About the artisan, Michael Zimmermann.

I design leather goods for people who love heirloom-quality everyday gear.

I camp and canoe in the Canadian backcountry as much as possible, and what started out ten years ago as simple repair jobs for walks in the woods inspired me to design and make my own leather goods for city survival and country commutes.

In 2015, I decided to quit the digital industry that I had called home for two decades, and focus on leatherwork as my one true passion.

I now design and stitch each of my products by hand in my maker’s workshop in east Toronto.

What I relish most is working with you on custom designs, where personal needs and experiences shape each piece uniquely, and each handcrafted item is a blank canvas ready to tell the story of its new owner.

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  • Mike Zimmermann

    Owner, Designer, Leathercrafter

    While I’m a city-dweller, I'm also an avid outdoors enthusiast. I enjoy hiking and canoeing the Canadian backcountry. This led to other interests such as bushcraft, blacksmithing, and leatherwork. I love making and designing heirloom-quality gear.

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Last updated on Jan 3, 2017
Frequently asked questions

What are “Top Grain” and “Full Grain” leather? Why does it matter?

The best strength and quality comes from the outermost layer of the hide (known as the “grain”).

I use only top and full grain leather—considered by many to be the most genuine of leathers, retaining the hide’s unique character and strength.

Most cheap leathers are produced by splitting the inner layers to produce more square feet of material per hide, but full grain leather retains the outside layer for maximum strength and durability.

This quality comes at a cost, as full grain leather usually commands a higher price. However, for quality, long-lasting goods—especially ones you depend on—it’s well worth the investment.

See below for details on each type of leather I use.

• What is the 'REFINED SANDED BROWN' leather?

Oil-tanned, top grain leather with a stone-sanded, soft, even finish. Will still show some surface character, although not as much as the other options. Soft and matte to the touch.

• What is the 'SOFT RUSTIC BROWN' leather?

Oil-tanned, full-grain leather with lots of natural character, this finish imparts a subtle pull up (two-tone) effect on bends and creases. Rustic, dark-brown, great patina with use. Soft to the touch, with pronounced natural grain texture.

• What is the 'RARE BROWN AND TAN' leather?

LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Oil-tanned, full-grain leather with striking character and two-tone effect, especially visible in the many creases. Light to dark tan, and will patina amazingly with use. Slightly waxy to the touch. No recurring supply, so when it's gone, it's gone.

• What are the 'BLACK, MEDIUM BROWN, SADDLE TAN, DARK MAHOGANY' veg-tan leathers?

Vegetable-tanned full-grain leather. Hand-dyed, then hand-finished with beeswax and oils to bring out the natural character. Usually thinner and stiffer than oil-tanned leather depending on the cut and treatment, but more resistant to surface marring. Often used to ensure maximum strength while keeping excess bulk and weight to a minimum.

The Medium Brown and Saddle Tan are similar (The saddle tan is a touch more orange), and are ideally suited to highlight scars, wrinkles, etc. If you have a preference for these characteristics, please make sure to add a note when you order, and I'll pick out a piece especially for you if I can, at no extra charge.

• What is HORWEEN CHROMEXCEL?

Full-grain leather only available from the famous Horween tannery in Chicago. This stiff leather takes stamping well, and feels smooth, waxy and dense—it’s the ultimate in luxury. A pronounced two-tone ‘pull-up’ effect highlights bends, stamping, and characteristics of wear over time for a gorgeous patina.

Chromexcel is still produced in the US using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe, and then finished with a secret blend of natural oils and greases. Chromexcel is characterized by a rich colours and hand rubbed finishes. Made to this day with old world craftsmanship, modern Chromexcel carries on a long history of superior comfort and durability.

What's the difference between 'Hand-Stitched' and 'Machine-Stitched?'

Well, of course, just having a machine or a human isn't going to automatically make thread stronger, or details more accurate.

However, there is one specific difference where hand-stitching wins out — resistance to unravelling. A hand-sewn saddle stitch (used on all my projects) involves two needles through every hole, and that means a very good, redundant system of securing two or more pieces of leather.

A machine will perform a lock stitch, which can continuously unravel down the line if the thread is broken at any one point.

A good saddle-stitch won't let you down.

Sometimes a good illustration can help:
https://www.google.ca/search?q=saddle+stitch+vs+lockstitch&tbm=isch

How long will my item last? Can I get it wet?

The short answer is obviously, "It depends."

However, through good care and maintenance, every single product you invest in should last many years—if not a lifetime—performing its intended function.

You don't need much in the way of maintenance. Leather components should be occasionally conditioned to replenish oils, especially if they are exposed to sunlight and harsh elements. With light use, once a year is appropriate.

Leather and metal components should not be exposed to or submerged in water (especially salt water) for extended periods of time. This advice also applies to cats and BBQ ribs.

While you do want to keep your leather dry, if it is intended for use in the outdoors, I make sure your item is properly finished.