Lead time on all new aprons is currently running 2-3 weeks.
The Walnut Bison - The Annie Edition
Annalee Stevens is a young woman out of Louisiana doing what many of us only dreamed of doing at her age (and maybe still). As a father of four of my own, I'm constantly impressed with her work ethic, determination and positive attitude.
On top of that, she's got some tremendous support from both her father and grandfather (PawPaw), guiding her towards a solid foundation in tool use and construction techniques. In short, an inspiration for how we should all engage with, and develop the skills of not only our own children, but youth in the trades more generally.
On top of that, she and I share a love for that beautiful, albeit all too scarce Lime Green Elk.
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: Lime Green Elk D-tabs: Walnut Bridle Straps: Walnut Bridle
Hardware:Nickel or Vintage Brass (I personally recommend the brass)
Length Options: Short version below.
26" - 5'6" and below 28" - 5'7"-5'8" 30" - 5'9"-5'10" 32" - 5'11"-6' 34" - 6'1"-6'2" 36" - 6'3"-6'4" 38" - 6'5"-6'7" 40" - The biggest and/or tallest among you
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.