AWordInTheWoods

A Word in the Woods · Leather Goods & Accessories

Toronto, Canada
54 Sales

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Last updated on Dec 10, 2020

Most orders should ship within a week.
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Holiday shipping is now closed. If you are local to Toronto and would like to arrange a pickup, please contact me, and we can work out something.


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

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About AWordInTheWoods

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On Etsy since 2015

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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Shop members

  • 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 Aug 24, 2018
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.

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.