November 22, 2019

After almost a decade of working alone, I am now seeking an apprentice to join me in my workshop in the rural Scottish countryside near Perth. This is a chance for me to pass on my skills, and train someone up with a niche traditional craft, and have some fresh energy in the workshop. This person will be able to attend events and festivals with me, work on interesting projects and replicas, be able to train with other craftsme...

June 11, 2019

Last month I was fortunate to have a chat with Gayle Ritchie from the Courier who was interested in my journey. 

Here is a link to the article: www.thecourier.co.uk/modern-day-pict-revives-the-craft-of-leatherwork



 

 Image by Steve MacDougall

April 23, 2019

I have built leather boats in the past (see previous blog posts), but have always fancied making a traditional coracle (a wicker frame boat covered with skin). This spring, several conversations with others craftsfolk and the Scottish Crannog Centre culminated in a coracle building project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to tie in with the Crannog museum to explore early Scottish peoples navigation and trade, and how so...

March 15, 2019

The time has come for my business to grow and adapt to the path I am on, and so I have rebranded as Pictavia Leather.
Over the last few years i have pursued historic leatherworking more and more, and am always delving into anything Pictish or Scottish history based.

Pictavia is another name for Pictland (early medieval Scotland) and as the foremost Pictish leatherworker in the land this will suit me much better.

The new logo...

August 13, 2018

Another fantastic weekend at the Celts are Coming event at the Scottish Crannog Center on Loch Tay. It's a weekend of traditional crafts at the Crannog which is an iron age roundhouse built on the Loch. We had some awesome crafts on show from David Mcgovern stone carving, Jon Mac spoon carving, Peter Annanin tanning, there was coracle building, plant dyeing, blacksmithing, bronze casting, traditional foods, music, story tellin...

August 6, 2018

Another year, another Norwegian adventure. This years viking market was held in the new Njardarheimr viking village. I couldn't resist heading over again to 'Pict' about and catch up with my viking friends. It was a packed week for me, teaching vikingage leatherworking until midnight every night, meeting new folk, rowing viking boats, going full Doric in the international storytelling challenge, fjord swimming, and enjoying th...

June 29, 2018

The first ever replica of a Pictish shoe.

August 7, 2017

Just back from demonstrating iron age leatherworking at the 'celts are coming' living history fair at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay. It was a superb wee event, I had David Mcgovern of Monikie rock arts and Jon Mac woodcarver either side of me, and we had Neil Burridge casting bronze swords, some fellas doing bog iron refining, tablet weaving, Theresa Kamper with her skins and tanning gear, and Peter Annanin of Woodla...

July 23, 2017

Another year attending and running workshops at Gudvangen Viking Market, now Njardarheimr Viking Village.

April 22, 2017

In the spring of 2014, I was lucky enough to be part of a project to build and sail a leather & wooden stone-age boat on the west coast of Norway. The story of the original build and maiden voyage of Havelgen can be found here.

This year, the boat was passed to a new owner in Denmark, Martin Dannevang. The boat was dissassembled in order to be shipped to it's new land, so I was called in as one of the original builders, along...

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