Lead time on all new aprons is currently running 2-3 weeks.
The Walnut Bison - The Riddering
Ben Riddering is one of the best guys I've ever had to pleasure to meet. Not only is he a brilliant and original maker of some of the coolest things I've ever laid eyes upon, but he also happens to hold the title as the nicest, most humble human being I've ever come across. Amazing guy with a beautiful family, living a life that most only dream about.
Beyond any doubt, Ben played a major role in the founding of Calavera Tool Works. You see, Ben once gifted me a cobbled together work apron he had designed, hand-stitched and had himself been using for years. And it was that apron that formed the basis of all our designs since.
To be fair, Ben’s a pretty slender fella, and the apron in question probably matches up to our current 26”er, the smallest in the line. But make no mistake, there’s a little Ben Riddering in every apron we make.
And well, if I’m really putting it all out there, Ben’s been an influence well beyond that original apron design, whether he likes to hear such things or not. The man’s got an outlook on life that I can only describe as infectious, backed up by a creative spirit, a true dedication to family and a willingness to do hard work for a living.
That Ben Riddering, he’s one solid hombre.
Now, about that apron...
We've taken a fresh round of that gorgeous, feels-broken-in-out-of-the-gate bison and figured out how to make it even awesomer with our patented hand-dying technique. It seems we can't make these fast enough though, so get on the list now if you want it soon!
We like to take a few liberties with our Walnut Work Aprons, so you can expect that no two are the same and that yours will start off with a character very much its own. Some are darker, some are lighter and some even feature the hide's original brand (those are our favorites) or scars from pesky varmints or barbed-wire. They are designed for an easy break-in for many years of comfortable wear.
Main Panel: Hand-dyed Walnut Bison Thickness:4-4.5ozwhole hide leather Front pocket: Hand-Dyed Walnut Back Pocket: Black as standard, but... now you've got options D-tabs: Walnut Bridle Straps: Walnut Bridle
Streamlined Plain Front: This is the classic Calavera style... no muss, no fuss. Still, all aprons come with a standard-issue upper pocket for pens, pencils, small rulers and such.
Lower Pocket (with or without flap): A traditional rectangular pocket style that hews tight to the main apron panel to prevent accumulation of dust and debris, with or without the inclusion of the optional upper flap.
Paolini Pocket: Generously sized, side-entry pouch design prevents dust and debris from collecting, without the need for flaps. If we were going to rock the pocket, this would be our choice. Named after Gregory Paolini, who is a fantastic woodworker and teacher, as well as one of our favorite human beings.
X-Back:For an incredibly comfortable fit, choose the adjustable 1" harness-style straps with quick-release.
Y-Back:Combines the comfort of the harness style straps with a sturdy, adjustable belt for a perfect, secure fit. We strongly endorse the Y-Back.
Tape Measure Clips
See gallery for positioning options. Also, please note that placement will default to the higher position when the lower pockets are selected. You know... irrefutable laws of physics and what not. That and there's only so much real estate to go around.
Our Approach to Our Work
At Calavera Tool Works, we take great pride in our work aprons, designed for those who work with their hands to make a living. They are, as some might say, a labor of love. And though great care goes into the handcrafting of each work apron, we will always err on the side of leaving a brand, blemish, scratch or other imperfection in the finished product rather than waste even a small amount of such a precious material. It is our belief that these aprons are meant to be used, and that these imperfections will enhance the character of what we expect to be one of your favorite investments ever.
But if for some reason you are in any way disappointed with the appearance or finish of your apron, we welcome you to return it for a full refund. We're pretty certain we can find it a good home.