All Pictavia Leatherwork is made entirely by Hamish Lamley, formerly known as Half-Goat Leatherwork. A lot of my images will still have the Half-Goat brand which will slowly phase out over time. It's still all my work, just with a new logo now!
I am originally from Aberdeenshire in the NorthEast of Scotland, now situated in the Perthshire region of Central Scotland.
Leatherwork is my connection to the past. It is my way to solve problems as our ancestors did, to work at my own pace and see the world as they did. When I take knife, needle and thread to leather, it is with the same techniques that leather craftsmen have used for thousands of years as I explore Iron age and early Medieval leatherworking methods and tools alongside their contemporary counterparts. There is the inherent challenge of trying to solve a problem using only the most basic of tools. It is my passion to recreate ancient Pictish stone carvings, bringing the old medium back to life in leather, and to research and produce historic replicas based on archaeological finds. See my Pictish living history work here. Another passion is building leather boats. I have helped to build and sail a 40ft long leather catamaran boat in Norway and now build traditional hide coracles here in Scotland alongside other craftsfolk, both of which you can read about in my blog and see in my gallery here.
For me Leatherwork is also about function. I use traditional methods because they have also been developed over thousands of years, and are often the most functional and practical. I want my work to outlive me, and so I strive to create the most durable works to combine function and beauty.
I began teaching myself leatherwork whilst bedbound for several years. It provided a way to focus my mind, and gave me a lot of time to pursue another avenue to researching my passion for history and archaeology.
Now my work continues with one eye on the past and one to the future, as I experiment with making contemporary products, but with some connection to the past, be it with an ancient design carved on it, or simply the method of construction.
The Leather Pict
Talking about the Picts in a Pictish cave with Susan Calman in an episode of Secret Scotland.
A student film produced at my last workshop right before I rebranded as Pictavia.
Photograph by Steve MacDougall Photograph by Steve MacDougall
Photograph by Bart Masiukiewicz Photograph by Dylan Bier
Building traditional hide coracles with Jane Wilkinson and Peter Ananin