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Jungle Heritage: The Pike Brothers 1952 Lokinawa Boot

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I use this blog to chat about the things I like, not just the things I make. As you'll discover I have a bit of a thing for boots... if you want to make your feet happy read on.. The 1952 Pike Brothers Lowkinawa Boots have their origin in the jungles of South East Asia. US forces in WWII had problems with their issue footwear going rotten in the Pacific Island jungles. Several attempts were made to produce a boot capable of surviving the climate, but none were particularly successful. So, soon after the War it was decided to properly develop...

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Making Saddle Bags

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A while ago I was looking around for a chap to design the new logo for New Utility. 

The very talented artist, James Nunn, is a friend of the family and I've always loved his work. We got chatting and somehow ended up talking about saddle bags.

I really enjoy working on special commissions; it gives me the opportunity to work on something that I perhaps would not have considered making. Doing that always pushes you as a maker, encouraging you try new techniques or evolve a design.Is there something you've always fancied having but haven't seen in the high street? Be it a particular type of wallet or a bag, do get in touch.

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