Changes at Westholme strops

My girlfriend and I have just bought a house - a Victorian period property which is in need of serious renovation and modernisation.

As such, the time I have available for making strops, and the all important customer communication, lengthy custom order discussions etc, will greatly diminish to the point where it simply won't be workable.

I still wish to make strops, but for a time my work will have to move away from custom work individual to each customer. Instead I'll make a handful of strops as and when I have time, and advertise them for immediate purchase via my website, eBay, and here on my Facebook page. How long will this go on for? Difficult to say - but I envisage at least 12 to 18 months.

I will certainly revert to custom work once our house is a home. Work on an old property like this will probably never end, but I have every intention of continuing my strop work, and the custom aspect of it will certainly return in the not too distant future.

Thanks as always for your continued support.

Alastair.

Joining Materials

The 'joining materials' section of this website is in desperate need of updating, as some of the materials listed are no longer available.  When I run out of a popular material, I always endeavour to find a suitable replacement. Unfortunately I haven't yet found the time to photograph the materials I now have on offer, and update the website.  But I will do this as soon as possible.

For the time being, please refer to the following list:-

MATERIAL                                           AVAILABILITY

Black Latigo                                        In stock

Brown Latigo                                      In stock

Tan Latigo                                           No longer available (Replacement being sought)

Black Calf skin                                   Out of stock

Brown Gator print                             Withdrawn

Red Croc print                                    In stock

Tan Croc print                                    Very low stock (Not enough for handles)

Beige reptile print                             In stock

Pig skin suede                                    No longer available (Replacement being sought)

Brown Nubuck                                   No longer available (Replaced with Outrigger)

Outrigger                                              In stock

Black scale print                                No longer available

Tan reptile print                                 No longer available

Red Croc print (older version)        No longer available (Replaced with new version)

                                            

Strop lead time increases

December orders are mounting, and therefore so is the lead time - New orders taken during the rest of December are unlikely to be finished prior to Christmas, though this does depend on the design of the strop.

At the moment expect to wait around 3 weeks between payment and dispatch.

Shell Cordovan price increase

As a consumer, I dislike price increases - particularly sudden ones. Unfortunately, as a 'manufacturer' I have come to realise that material costs are fluid, and ever increasing.

The combination of high worldwide demand, and lower yield of raw material, means Horween Shell Cordovan has increased in price over the last few years. Each Shell now costs me around 35% more than it did two years ago.

Sadly this is a cost that is impossible for me to absorb, so with immediate effect there will be an increase in the price of my Shell Cordovan strops. I have tried to keep them at a competitive level for quite some time, and in the last two years the price has only increased by about £15 (GBP).

Fortunately the quality of individual Horween Shell Cordovan hides remains at the absolute highest of levels.

As always I thank you all for your understanding, and continued patronage.