Process: Horse Brand Co.

Thomas Callahan is the type of guy who could probably build you a car from scratch if you gave him enough time. Inside his one-man Brooklyn workshop, he builds custom bicycles, handmade knives, and other goods under the moniker of Horse Brand Co. We visited Thomas and his feline friend to document the making of our limited edition Uncrate Bison Horn Knife, and came away with some serious workspace envy.

Photos: Ray Spears / Uncrate

  • Process: Filson Restoration Department

    While every Filson product is made with outstanding quality and rugged materials, some bags lead a much tougher life than others. That's why each piece is backed by a lifetime guarantee. For those bags that were loved a little too hard but can still be salvaged, they get a new life at the Filson Restoration Department. Located in their Seattle Flagship store, they begin with the deconstruction process, removing every seam and salvaging every piece of leather. But these bags aren't exactly brought back to their former glory. The patches and stitches used to salvage each bag are purposefully made to stand out, keeping intact the story of the bag's previous life while making it functional once again. Once they're reassembled, they're re-waxed and re-conditioned before being resold with the same lifetime warranty as the company's brand-new offerings. As a result, each one is just as unique as the person carrying it, and like their former owners, each has its own stories to tell.

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    Photos: Luke Beard / Uncrate

  • Process: Leather Head

    Each and every Leather Head ball and mitt is handmade in a cramped workshop in Glen Rock, New Jersey. The workspace is full of leather and nostalgia. And it smells absolutely wonderful. Starting as beautiful leather hides of all varieties and colors, the small company's footballs start as die cut leather panels, which are then sewn, inverted, and filled with a butyl rubber bladder. They're then simply finished up with hand-threading the rawhide lace. It's not a quick process, but Leather Head founder Paul Cunningham wouldn't have it any other way.

    Photos: Ruben Hughes / Uncrate

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