♦ Hand cut Full-grain vegetable tanned leather sourced from the top U.S. tannery
♦ Leather may include beautiful original markings form the cow’s life, such as scarring, welts, brand marks and more
♦ Every piece is heat branded with the Mr. Lentz logo
♦ Each piece is hand stamped with a unique sequential number signifying the order in which it was made in the history of Mr. Lentz Leather Goods
♦ Detailed edge work and finishing
♦ All-natural, non-toxic and hand made dye, made in the Mr. Lentz Workshop
♦ Hand conditioned and buffed with extra virgin olive oil and beeswax
♦ Hand riveted with solid brass, nickel plated rivets for maximum durability and a very long life
♦♦♦ As a special bonus, each piece comes with a tin of Mr. Lentz Spiff N’ Shine, meant to condition high quality leather goods
THE CREATION OF YOUR WALLET
Now, there aren’t too many people makin’ wallets with as much care as I do, so I thought I would share the process with y’all:
♦Every morning Mr. Lentz wakes up and brews a pot of Cowboy Coffee, you know – the grainy type with a bit of grind still left in the cup. Sippin’ on this, he enters his workshop and pulls out a large ‘side’ of raw, full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather. Usually a roll of about 24 square feet, of leather smellin’ goodness. From this roll he will plan out the day’s cuts, which pieces will be best used for wallets, and where the most interesting natural markings lay. Mr. Lentz will then start the cutting and punching process, shaping the wallet down to the millimeter using a series of sharp knives and precision cutting tools.
♦From there, it will be carried over to the Mr. Lentz logo branding machine, a beast of a tool that is capable of over a thousand degrees of heat. The brand is set in place and the logo is impressed on the surface…a sweet smell of singed leather fills the air with a puff of steam. Next, the wallet is carried over to the sequential number machine, where Mr. Lentz first sprays on a bit of water into place before adjusting the machine and pulling down on the lever to set the numbers deep into the leather. This number signifies the order in which the wallet or other leather good was made in the history of Mr. Lentz Leather Goods. It is sequential right from the start of Mr. Lentz’s early work, and he has a book to account for every item and number marked.
♦If you chose to personalize your wallet, then Mr. Lentz will heat up another branding tool, as well capable of over 1,000 degrees. The letters are hand placed into the tool in the old-fashioned typesetter’s way, then the wallet is again sprayed with a mist of water. Mr. Lentz will hold the branding tool above the wallet, carefully aligning the initials in place, then with a quick and brisk movement, the numbers are pressed and held into place as the tool brands the leather.
♦If you ordered the Western Brown version, your wallet will be taken over to another table where it is immersed in an all-natural vegetable based dye, created weekly by Mr. Lentz himself. It is non-toxic and safe for Mr. Lentz to use without gloves! After the wallet is immersed in the dye, it will then be pulled out and hand-rubbed down to even out the color. It is then set out to dry in the natural heat and wind of the Southwest’s desert air for several hours. Once fully dry, the wallet is brought over to be oiled and conditioned. Mr. Lentz is proud to say that he makes his own leather conditioner from all-natural materials as well. It is the same leather conditioner that he ships free with every wallet as a can of Spiff N’ Shine (also hand-filled! ) The wallet is set on a table and rubbed down from side to side with a few layers of an oil-wax mixture. This process is then repeated on the backside and over again until the wallet has fully absorbed just the right amount as to be soft and pliable.
♦Once oiled, every wallet is hand-buffed with a soft cloth before each rivet is placed into the leather, one by one. The rivets are assembled together with several hundred pounds of force, creating a super-durable and tight fit… one that will last a long long time. The wallet is then hand hammered into shape, thus keeping its tightly made corners and folds.
♦Each wallet is then fit with a paper sleeve made from recycled materials, and attached with a free tin of Mr. Lentz Spiff N’ Shine. Then, finally – after a day or so of work – it is off to the postal service to make its way to you and your pocket. It will last you a long long time.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed hearing about all of the work that went into this purely handcrafted piece of leather goodness!
This wallet will fit 3 to 4 credit cards and some cash.
The wallet measures approximately 3 x 4 inches (76mm x 101mm) when folded.
Available in three all-natural colors. The wallet was originally photographed in Western Brown.
Free shipping to all U.S. 50 states, reduced rate shipping international.
International shipments may incur a customs or duty fee, though it is rare and random. The responsibility for paying the duty fee is that of the buyer, but Mr. Lentz does try to help his customers out with this fee by charging less than half the actual shipping cost.
PLEASE NOTE: If your international package has not arrived within 2 weeks, please go to your local Post Office and give them the tracking number for your package – they may be holding it for you to pick up. The tracking number is provided in the shipping confirmation email that Etsy will send you when your item is marked as shipped.
COMMITMENT TO NATURE:
Mr. Lentz works hard to find new ways to work with natural materials. After weeks of experimenting he has proven that it is possible to work with leather in an all-natural and non-toxic fashion. Mr. Lentz creates without destroying.
Why buy from MR. LENTZ:
Every material used in the Mr. Lentz Shop is thought over, and over, and over again to assess its impact on the environment. Mr. Lentz tries to use upcycled and sustainable materials in his work when possible. He stays far away from toxic elements, even creating his own dyes from vegetable matter, and his own leather conditioner from all natural ingredients. Mr. Lentz firmly believes in creating without destroying.
Every MR. LENTZ accessory is handmade from start to finish in the Mr. Lentz workshop. Each piece is designed, sustainably sourced, cut and assembled with extreme attention to even the smallest details.