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Before and After: Cole Haan Leather Shoes

By | 2017-04-25T02:59:22+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Blog|

A pair of designer dress shoes found at a local thrift store. They were dirty and dry, so we first cleaned them by wiping all areas of the leather with the Leather Cleaner dampened on a soft cloth. The laces were removed and the shoes allowed to air dry for several hours. Leather Saver conditioner [...]

Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments – DIY from your own Christmas Tree!

By | 2017-04-25T02:59:22+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Blog|

It's that merry time of year when we bring the woods right into our homes in the form of Christmas trees! It's become a tradition of many to save a "wood slice" or "wood cookie" from their Christmas Tree, to commemorate that year's festivities or use in craft projects. A favorite new trend of ours is [...]

150-Year-Old Canal Boots Leather Restoration

By | 2016-09-20T08:36:30+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Blog, Leather Care|

This pair of boatman’s boots came from a sunken canal boat on the Dismal Swamp Canal of Virginia and North Carolina. They were found in river mud and were cut down to allow for easy removal.  They are most likely a pair of old mid-19th century Wellingtons, modified by the user. "Sometimes we just dry [...]

Treating and Stabilizing Birch Wood

By | 2017-04-25T02:59:23+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Blog, Wood Treatment|

Birch wood is a popular wood to work with and Pentacryl (or Wood Juice) will stabilize it effectively. Due to the soft bark, we have found that the birch wood absorbs Pentacryl into this area more readily than other types of wood. This extra absorption plus the lighter color, will leave the bark slightly darker. [...]