I love that when Sharron needed a new bridle, her grandfather gave her the leather and showed her how to make one. Her love of horses has stayed with her since she was a teenager riding around the high country in Victoria.
When the girls and I visited to hand over this framed pic (it's Sharron and George's 30th wedding anniversary) George whipped up a couple of leather bracelets for us. I don't 'normally' hand over a framed print, but while shooting for the magazine, George made a joke, Sharron held her composure and I snapped it.
The photo hung in our entry for three months and when I reluctantly delivered it last week I was again absorbed by the smell of the leather in their workshop and loved the passing parade of projects that made their way along the wall. An antique hunting whip, jewellery, saddle repairs, a camera strap, saddle bag and stock whips. As Sharron and I chatted about their commission enquiry of a belt for RUSSELL CROWE for an upcoming film, George continued with a dozen stock whips for an outlet in Broken Hill.
The completed belts are flattened using an old mangle that Sharron found in a friends front yard being used as a garden ornament. Her woodworking father turned up some new rollers and it works a treat.