Saddler and Co | Fine Saddles and Leather Goods

A plug for a very talented saddler and leather worker from country New South Wales, Australia.

Bede Aldridge of Saddler & Co. crafts saddles and leather goods from the finest quality leathers at his workshop in Dubbo , NSW, Australia.

He has launched his online store with a stylish range of quality saddles and leather goods available for sale, but he also makes saddles and leather goods to your own specification.

The online store sells leather belts, bags, iPad & iPhone cases, whips, knife pouches, covers for (paper) notebooks, bridles, reins, tack and saddles, among other things.

I’ve seen and caressed some of his beautiful leather tote bags with my own eyes and hands and they are a delight to the senses as well as being practical and solid in construction.

Check out his online store and get in touch with him if you need him to make some specialised leather goods you just can’t find anywhere else!


Beautiful Bikes – Cinelli Gazzetta della strada

Check out this classic steel framed bike from Cinelli.

Gazzetta della strada

Gazzetta della strada

Gazzetta della strada

So graceful.

See more at the Cinelli website.

Epic Foot Powered (Treadle) Lathe

Below is a great video of a guy building a foot powered woodworking lathe which uses a flywheeel to maintain rotational force.

Personally, I would rethink the treadle construction and maybe use some bearings to give some longevity, but it’s just so awesome all the same!

I built a pole lathe years ago, which was connected to my lightweight shed to pull the pole back up after the down stroke from the treadle. This caused the whole shed to shake in unison with the lathe so that everyone knew when I was turning wood ;).

It looked something like this.

The idea behind a pole lathe is to use a treadle (and your foot) to push down causing the work piece to turn .

A rope is attached to the treadle at one end and a bendy pole or sapling at the other.

The rope is looped over the work piece to make it turn on the down stroke, which also tensions (bends) the pole or sapling.

During the down stroke you use your chisel to remove material from the work piece.

You take away the chisel from the work piece on the upstroke, which is provided by the pole returning to its untensioned (unbent) position.

A pole lathe works surprisingly well and can be made very cheaply.

A lovely curvy cutting board.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the simplest lines can produce the most graceful results.

Below is a link to a video of the process Scott Lewis uses to transform a simple rectangular cutting board into a beautiful, elegantly designed and functional accessory for any kitchen.

The Coolest Cutting Board Ever? – Fine Woodworking Video.


It appeals to me.