Anything hand crafted is far more valuable than anything made by a machine. A hand crafted item contains not only the base ingredients but a part of someone’s life, their psyche and their dreams.
What does “Hand Crafted” mean?
First of all, lets be clear on the difference between “Hand Made” and “Hand Crafted”.
Examples of Hand Made – machine stamped parts that are riveted together with a hammer, or a belt that was run through a roller stamp press that is operated by a hand crank. Though these may be “technically” hand made to some degree, don’t let it fool you into thinking that it’s better because of it. These items still fall into the “mass produced so I can get your buck” category.
Examples of Hand Crafted – Items that are fully made truly by hand. Cut out with hand shears, edged, finished, stained, painted, stitched, tooled, embossed, stamped; all by hand, like our medieval counterparts had done. None of my stuff is massed produced.
“But doesn’t hand crafting make stuff more expensive?” Generally yes. But you need to understand that many of these other leather vendors actually raise their prices far too much. To them, it’s a carnival or flea market, and they will keep their prices as high as people will spend. I by contrast, put a value on my time, note the cost of the materials, and use a spreadsheet to figure out what I should be asking my pieces. Generally I hear “Wow, that’s a great price! I would have expected it to be more!”. My prices fall in line with others, and are often even better. Why? Because I don’t raise mine 400-600% as is common in my industry. Believe it or not, that’s what happens.
All of my products are HAND-CRAFTED! I fell in love with Renaissance Faires and Medieval Recreationism! Being a student medieval history and after venturing to several faires, I soon discovered that my skills were at least comparable to other craftsman, and my ambition greater than most. What got my attention is that very few of them were interested in the art, being only interested in only making a quick buck. No one was making many items that I considered to be truly fascinating to someone wanting to see history, or necessary to a true recreationist, be them factual or fantasy, and so Leather Lore was born!