One More For The Christmas List
December 11, 2015
So, my friend (and frequent writer of comments here), Josh Stark, just gifted me with this beautiful, hand-made sporran (or possibles bag, or man purse… a rose by any other name…). I had commented on some of his previous work, and the next thing I knew, he was asking for my mailing address and promised to put one together for me. Pretty cool, no?
At any rate, I wanted an excuse to feature this gift here on the Hog Blog. In itself, it’s pretty nice so I could have just posted it up with the brief description and all. It works out better though, that Josh actually makes things like this for sale. Now, maybe as a way of recompense, I can use this opportunity to plug his work, and his website, Wild Spirit Archery and Old Soul Leatherwork.
For handmade leather work, Josh’s prices seem pretty reasonable. For example, a plain sporran (no engraving or lacing) runs $120. He’ll work with you to price out something with additional features. Belts and rifle slings start at around $50, with additional charges to customize to your specifications. He also makes arm guards for archers, as well as bracelets.
It’s probably a little late in the game to order something custom for Christmas (two weeks!), as everything is hand-made and that takes time. However, according to the site, he may have a few items already in stock and available. Or I expect you can always work out a commission with him, and just put an IOU in someone’s stocking.
At any rate, I just want to repeat my thanks to Josh for the wonderful gift. And, if someone on your list would like something like this, I encourage you to reach out to him and keep him busy!