About Us

Dwarven Leather was started in 2020 by Martin O’Brien, we hand-make leather products, from armour to pouches to books, with the live action role player (“LARPer”) specifically in mind.
All of our products are made using vegetable tanned (“veg tan”) leather, each hide individually selected by us in person at a UK tannery.
At our Midlands workshop, the leather is cut, dyed, saddle stitched, carved and tooled by hand, with the aim that every item is unique and engineered to last.
(We will introduce a separate “Classic” range of limited edition repeated designs, built to the same high standards, in the future).

Our Materials and Processes
– All raw materials are sourced from within the UK. For example: Scottish beeswax, vegetable tanned leather direct from UK tanneries and COSHH compliant dye chemicals for our dye mixes from an English chemical company.
– All metalwork is bought in from UK based suppliers, although its origin may be from outside the UK.
– All screw threads (such as on Sam Brown studs and Chicago screws) are treated with thread lock to guard against unexpectedly coming loose through use.
– Glue is NEVER used on any of our leather.
– Only 100% pure neatsfoot oil (as used on professional horse tack) is used in our products.
– The polish that we make and use in-house (to an old British Army recipe) is a combination of two ingredients: 100% pure neatsfoot oil and 100% pure beeswax. These help maintain and revitalise the leather and offer a good level of water resistance.
– Our polish is provided with all pouches and substantial items to help you with long term care.

Our Products
Take a look at our gallery or come and look at the items themselves at one of the events we will be attending.

Who is Martin?
Martin O’Brien has been a live role player since the 1980’s and began his leatherworking journey by making costume and leather items for his own characters.
He has attended many different LARP events and systems, giving him an insight into the types of costume and kit wanted and used by players, as well as the way they are used on the field.
Over the years, he has spent time developing and improving his leatherworking skills, finding out best practices, leather care and the history of leather and leatherworking.
He eventually moved from creating leatherwork for himself and his friends to starting Dwarven Leather as a full time business in 2020.

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