(Please note I am currently booking custom work into October 2021)
If you are interested in having me create a custom piece for you the following is how the process works.
Send me an e-mail at email@example.com in it include a description or screen shot from my gallery of something similar to what you are looking for.
From there we can figure out the details of exactly what you would like: type of fur, type of leather, liner, adjustable features, size and if you would like an artwork feature.
When deciding on an artwork feature, people generally have a theme or idea that relates to them already in mind, I gather these details and any reference photos and then create a rough sketch to be reviewed, from the rough sketch any adjustments or changes are made if desired and then a final drawing is prepared on pattern pieces for review.
Once I have all of these details, I can prepare a total cost quote for you. Due to the extreme variation of price in the materials I use, it is not possible to create a general price list. I specialize in unique one of a kind pieces that all have different features and so different costs.
If everything looks good regarding sketch and quote and customer is ready to solidify their order, my policy is a 50% good faith deposit on all custom orders, and at this time I will also let you know the date your piece will be completed by.
The remainder of payment is due upon completion before your item is mailed out to you.
About My Preferred Materials
My work is based in using natural fibers. Natural fibers have superior properties for longevity, warmth, breathability and eventual environmental decomposition.
FUR: The fur I use comes from my families Yukon Territory trapline or is purchased from fellow Yukoners. It is wild northern fur, sustainably harvested.
HIDE: I purchase smoked elk hide from my local tannery that is harvested and then processed right here in the Yukon. Smoked hide not only smells incredible, it is a soft, strong beautiful material. It’s properties make it the best suited material for extreme cold because when a naturally tanned hide is smoked it forces the tannic acid around the fibers, keeping them open. This creates a similar property to wool in that it can get wet and still keep you warm, also this type of leather is not damaged and deformed from getting wet.
LINER: I use duffle or melton wool for linings depending on the thickness and cold temperature you travel in. Duffle is 100% virgin wool that is slightly woven, creating a heavyweight fabric that is napped on both sides (almost felted) it has been used for centuries to make parkas, blankets, mitts and boot liners. One of the most important properties being that 100% wool stays warm even when wet, because it breaths and wicks away moisture.
SINEW: All parts are sewn together by hand with artificial sinew. It is a very strong waxed fiber product that is long lasting and holds up in all elements.
HANDMADE: Everything is handmade-- my fingers are my sewing machine. I sew everything together with imitation sinew using a knotting technique. I stand behind my stitches and your piece will last the test of time. Also, sinew is superior to thread for its durable properties and its waxy waterproof texture.