How do you practise your craft nowadays?
We combine old techniques with modern knowledge and benefit from the endless possibilities and access to information through the internet. Our work is 100 percent handmade, old school, but we use technology to develop patterns and moulds and to promote our creations.
Do you share your knowledge with others?
We have a community of passionate people who come to ask for advice, a piece of leather or even to work in our studio. We also have virtual apprentices as we share our techniques and knowledge on our YouTube channel and Facebook group. We also provide PDF tutorials for our patterns.
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Do you master any specific techniques?
Vasile: I master several techniques, such as cutting, stitching, pattern making and creating. I am a round punch master (I've made 10 million punches) and I excel in design and object construction. Pavel excels in design too, moulding leather techniques and stitching.
What don't people normally know about your work?
Vasile: One in 20 objects is experimental. I have a room filled with projects I do not even try to sell. I believe that we learn by experimenting, through trial and error.