Pictavia Leather is owned and run by Hamish Lamley, based in Perthshire, the heart of Scotland. All leather products are designed and made by Hamish and his apprentices. We also have other Pictish products handmade by craftsmen who are all part of the Pictavia team to offer a wider range. Hamish has over a decade experience in traditional leatherworking, and through years of research and experimental archaeology has worked hard to explore Pictish culture. Hamish has consulted on and starred in various television shows to talk about the Picts and showcase Pictish culture.
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.
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.
Pictish craftsmans camp setup between Hamish Lamley and Thomas Timbrell for a Pictish documentary
Talking about the Picts and coracles on the BBCs Grand Tours of Scotlands Lochs with Paul Merton.
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