My engineering background which consisted of such things as Business
and Management, Mechanical Drafting and Metallurgy, was well suited to
this endeavor, and by the 80’s I owned and ran a factory making
Shoes, Jackets, Vests, Wallets, etc. for my store as well as for other
individuals and companies who sold them as their own.
Since then I have also done extensive work with sails, upholstery, and canvas awnings on yachts. This experience has given me insight into the creative possibilities of combining leather with state of the art sail making technology and products. The waterproof bonded lining fabric is a result of this experience. This lining is actually as strong and well suited to it's purpose as the leather itself.
I have sailed thousands of miles off shore, many of them alone, from Nova Scotia to Grenada, in China Clipper shown below. The sails, sail cover, bimini and dodger are my work.
Today as LeatherGoodsConnection.com I still design and make leather
to sell directly to the public. There are no middlemen, you are buying
directly from the source. I personally make these items in my private
in North East GA., one at a time. This allows me to offer the customer
a quality product tailored to their preferences at the lowest possible
For you environmentalists, the smoke over the bow is the town dump on Nevis W.I.
Mr. Hibbard known for his work both nationally and internationally, has been awarded the prestegious title of DESIGNER CRAFTSMAN by Francis Burdett-Mills MCIPD of Norwich England.
The complexity of the design and degree of finish are other things to
for. Sewing two flat pieces together with raw edges either inside or
is the cheapest and easiest, but can still read well, i.e. "... a slim
pouch with one inside compartment, fully leather lined, sewn with heavy
nylon thread". The raw edges may not be visible to the casual observer
because they are coated with a plastic edge coating. Even some of the
names use this short cut.
My goods have turned and folded edges or bound edges with no raw edges visible on the inside. There are a lot of practical pockets and zipper pockets, as well as the welt seams, adding to the complexity of the design . The machines below are each used for just a few of the many operations required in the production of the soft bags I make today.
I have adapted the cylinder machine on the left to sew on the binding that I use around the edges of most of my products. The machine on the right I am rather fond of. It was the first NEW machine that I ever bought and was a big expense at the time. It is a copy of a commercial Singer style, except they overlooked one important thing. This oversight causes the thread to catch under the hook every time you stop sewing if the hook moves backward even the slightest amount, which is something this machine is prone to do. This was extremely irritating until I figured out what caused it and modified the machine. It is now a joy to use and has been with me through making garments, shoes and sail making.
Before I close, lets not forget straps. Are they just a strip of
with the edges dyed, maybe with stitching on each edge for no apparent
reason, or are they skived, folded and sewn so that the strap is
on both sides with no raw edges, which uses more than twice as much
but gives a more finished product? When looking through my products
the strap attachments which are sewn, reinforced and riveted as well as
the leather "Keeper" loops above the solid brass "Dee" rings on the
straps, which most makers never even consider offering. This is part of
the attention to detail I give my products that the discerning eye will
me, all mail answered promptly.
by Henry Hibbard
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