Worcester, United Kingdom, July 26, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Many traditional crafts are in danger of dying out and in 100 years will simply not exist.
This is true of leather crafting but ACLeathercraft, based in Worcestershire, England, are determined not to let that happen.
ACLeathercraft is part of Atlantic Crossing, a retail outlet that began in 1991 which specialised in traditional American culture. Although based in the UK, they provided customers with an incredible range of Country & Western and native American clothing and artifacts including many traditional leather pieces which were imported from the USA. The owner of Atlantic Crossing began to produce leather gun holsters for local clubs and so the love of leather crafting took shape. Now, 20 years later, ACLeathercraft is putting a modern twist on a traditional craft.
There is something special about owning a piece of handcrafted leather. For those that work with leather it isn’t just a job, it is a passion. The feel, the scent, the way it moulds and conforms to shapes - there is just a uniqueness that cannot be replicated with any other material. As it ages, it takes on character and becomes a part of the person that uses it.
Yes, this is a technologically advanced world where machines have taken over the jobs of humans, where factories in foreign places churn out cheap and disposable product, but does it have to be like that. If this disposable society continues as it is then surely there is a chance that it will eventually eradicate the need for humans in work and use up all of the planets natural resources.
ACLeathercraft are making their own small contribution by handcrafting leather products that are not only affordable to everyone, but that will also last a lifetime – and they want to be able to pass on their skills to others. They do not use any machinery in their leather crafting. All of their work is done totally by hand – the “old fashioned” way and by building their brand, their goal is to be able to take on young apprentices and teach them the skill of leather crafting in an open workshop where the general public can pop in anytime to see the craftspeople at work. ACLeathercraft do not churn out mass produced items, but each piece is made to order with care and skill for each individual client.
ACLeathercraft have launched a project on Kickstarter to raise funds to purchase some exclusive leather in order to launch a new range of Slip covers and cases. The rewards are incredibly good value; for example Early Birds can pick up an A5 leather slip cover with 2014 diary, plus a keyring, plus a unique handcrafted miniature rose for just $30. They even offer a “stock a shop” option that allows retail stores to take a sample order to test the market.
With the option to have all pieces personalised with names and/or logos, these leather slip covers are perfect for hotels, restaurants, offices or as promotional gifts. The leather diary covers are a perfect heirloom piece and now with the option of having a family coat of arms designed and stamped on the front, these can be passed down a generation or two and be cherished for a lifetime.
In order to achieve these goals and offer these items in one, matching style of leather, AC Leathercraft needs crowdfunding and as Kickstarter funding is an all or nothing campaign, they are appealing for help.
This is a project that brings back traditional crafts and creates beautiful and stylish items that will stand the test of time.
You can view the whole project here:
This is the first step in the ultimate journey to open a workshop, create jobs and teach traditional skills to others.