Author: Mike

Tha Gaol Agam Ort leather bracelet

It’s difficult to think of Scotland and not be reminded of Celtic love poems or Gaelic love sayings at some point. As a proud people who value loyalty and love, this Celtic token of affection in leather is quite fitting. The saying, “tha gaol agam ort” is Scottish Gaelic for “I love you”. The unisex design has 3 sizing holes that will create a 7, 8, or 9 inch bracelet. You can trim the excess length or leave it intact to give the wearer multiple options. The closure is a button stud in antique brass. The leather used for...

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Clan MacKenzie Leather Armband

Clan MacKenzie My great grandmother, Annie MacKenzie immigrated from the Isle of Skye to Scotland County, North Carolina in 1880 at the wee young age of 4. She instilled in my grandmother and mother a sense of pride in where they came from, and they passed this pride on to me. Although my last name is different, I am still a MacKenzie. She passed away when I was 4 years old, but I still have fond memories of her. When I discovered my talent for leather work, I wanted a way to pay homage to my roots, so I...

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Clan Johnstone Leather Sporran

This Rob Roy style sporran is a custom design requested by a customer recently. He saw another Clan crest sporran that I had created and wanted a sporran boldly featuring his Scottish Clan name. It features the Johnston/e Clan crest badge and the clan motto Nunquam Non Paratus (meaning Never Unprepared). The sporran flap features an upgraded edge treatment in hand braided deer lace. The concho closure was chosen by the customer to compliment the overall design. The Celtic concho is a copper finish and the drawstring finishings have a brass finish. The Clan Johnston/e badge flap is removable...

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Highland Targe from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This targe was donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996. According to their listing, this targe is classified as a Scottish shield circa 1700-1750. It was constructed using leather, wood, brass, horn, and textile and is 19 3/4 inches in diameter. The brass boss in the center is the first thing that caught my attention. It stands very proud in the center of the shield, and it has hearts cut out with the points facing inward towards the center. The boss also has an etched border around the cutout sections and more etching on the downward portions....

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Highland Targets and Other Shields

I was recently doing some research on Scottish targe’s and happened to stumble across this book “Highland Targets and Other Shields by James Drummond. Originally, only 50 copies of this booklet were published in 1873 by Neill and Company in Edinburgh, Scotland. There are nine illustrations in this booklet that Mr Drummond either had in his possession or had access to. So i acquired a reproduction copy for myself and scoured it cover to cover several times. In doing later searches, I discovered an online copy available at Open Library. So if you are interested in taking a peak...

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