off to market we go

Hey there! I know I’m very sporadic around here, but I wanted to drop in and let you know we are finally going to market with Stockman Leathercraft! It’s taken more time and more time and a bit more time than I had wanted, but it’s actually happening and I’m excited. After selling online for so many years I’m thrilled customers will be able to pick up a belt and handle it before purchasing.

For the next 5 Fridays we will be at the Meeniyan Square Market, starting 8 December through to 12 January (no market 29 December). It’s a brand new twilight market starting at 2pm and finishing at 8pm. There’s some fabulous looking food stalls and a winery too, so you can eat, drink, shop and be merry whilst you knock over some Christmas shopping! If you feel like a lovely drive out of Melbourne to the gorgeous rolling hills of South Gippsland then come on down and say hello. I’d love to meet you!

Cheers
Charlie

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American Indian Inspired Quiver

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After over a year since posting, I figured it was high time for an update. Charlie is busy plaiting, he has a constant steady flow of orders from his Etsy Shop, between work and play and plaiting, there’s not much time left for blogging. So you’re stuck with me again, and I’ll do my best to fill you in accurately on the details.

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Some time back, over beers and mojitos before heading to a gig, Charlie made a good old fashioned barter deal with a mate. Skulls for a Quiver. He received the skulls a year ago, and was a very happy vegemite indeed. The Quiver was finished a couple of months back, but has only last week been handed over to its rightful owner.

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The quiver design took inspiration from our trip overseas last year. We visited an Indian Art Centre in California, and had our minds officially blown with the incredible workmanship we saw. A few treasured pieces were purchased including a hand carved stone broadhead which was the final detail stitched on to the Quiver.

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This is the first quiver Charlie has made and it really was a labour of love. Painstaking details were added with precision and a great eye for design. Hand stitching and spanish lacing are the special details that bought the whole thing together.

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The main part of the quiver and all the stitching is done with Kangaroo Leather, hand cut, bevelled and stitched by Charlie. The tassels are suede from cow hide. The feathers have all been collected over time, with traditional crow feathers used along with some baby owl feathers.

The whole thing is really stunning, even if you don’t do archery or go out into the wilderness to shoot things Robin Hood / Game of Thrones style. It’s a piece of handmade art that is both functional and beautiful. I don’t think craft gets better than, function and beauty is a wicked combo, and I reckon Charlie nailed it on this one.

Hopefully we’ll see you again soon, not so long in between posts is the plan. Stay tuned!

The Stockmans Wife… (aka Little White Dove)

Bush Tucker and Inspiration

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Yesterday was a very special day when I learnt from one of the best.

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Ro Anderson from Whole Larder Love showed me and a bunch of others how to forage for mushrooms on the forest floor.

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We identified Slippery Jacks, Saffron Milk Caps and Blewit mushrooms.

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I got to use my favourite old Buck Knife to pluck the mushrooms, whilst walking many miles listening to Ro. It was fascinating and inspiring hearing his stories on self sufficiency, hunting, fishing and gardening, not to mention his wealth of knowledge on mushrooming.

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After collecting baskets full of mushrooms, Ro performed his magic and prepared a heavenly feast in the tranquil woodland setting.

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Combining butter, Ro’s own olive oil, homegrown herbs and garlic, pimentón, homemade chorizo, homemade 12 day cured bacon and a dollop of mascarpone cheese, the mushrooms were divine.  I was in heaven with every mouthful.

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We toasted turkish bread rolls over the campfire, and were served the mushroom culinary delight on the rolls. It truly was the tastiest bush tucker I’ve ever had.

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We finished our feast with some slow cooked lamb leg which melted in your mouth. It was served in a roll with fresh picked rocket from Ro’s garden, local cheese, onions and chilli sauce. It was a party for the taste buds, the flavours were awesome. I rolled out of that forest completely satisfied.

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After the day in the forest I’m inspired to create some awesome belts and accessories for fathers day presents, celebrating the the Aussie Bushman.

Cheers to Ro, you’re such a fungi!