The Barrel Bag
$ 65.00 $ 132.00
is back-ordered. We will ship it separately in 10 to 15 days.
Inspired by antique keg barrels carried by St. Bernard dogs, the Barrel Bag has a celebrated and classic design. The hand-stitched vegetable-tanned leather is complimented by the aromatic Northwest-grown FSC-certified cedar wood ends.
This stylish seat bag has a waterproof finish, keeping your wallet, keys, cell phone, and other valuables safe and protected in any weather conditions as you cycle through town.
The Barrel Bag can thread through your seat rail or saddle eyelets. Included is an optional second attachment point to make the bag secure and customizable to the needs of your particular bike. It is finished off with a high quality nickel-plated steel hardware closure.
Your Barrel Bag may not look exactly as pictured here. Real leather is a natural material, so every hide has unique characteristics that individually personalize each product. Each piece of leather is distinctive in its color, grain, and markings, which may include scars, mars, or blemishes that are a natural part of the cow's life and a sign of the high quality of the leather.
Dimensions: Exterior: 7" wide by 4 1/2" diameter. Opening appx 3" x 4.5". Interior: appx 6" long by 4 1/4" diameter
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-Natural, vegetable-tanned leather
-FSC-certified northwest cedarwood
-Nickel-plated steel hardware
-Ability to attach in different ways to suit the needs of your bike
-Dimensions: Exterior: 7" wide by 4 1/2" diameter. Opening: appx 3" x 4.5". Interior: appx 6" long by 4 1/4" diameter
A Little History
At a little more than 8,000 feet above sea level sits the Great St. Bernard Pass, a 49-mile route in the Western Alps. The pass is only snow free for a couple of months during the summer and has been a treacherous route for many travelers throughout history. In order to help struggling trekkers, an Augustine monk named St. Bernard de Menthon founded a hospice and monastery around the year 1050.
Sometime between 1660 and 1670, the monks at Great St. Bernard Hospice acquired their first St. Bernards—descendants of the mastiff style Asiatic dogs brought over by the Romans—to serve as their watchdogs and companions.
They soon discovered the dogs' tremendous sense of smell and ability to discover people buried deep in the snow, and sent them out in packs of two or three alone to seek lost or injured travelers. The canines made rescue excursions on the St. Bernard Pass for the next 150 years.
Although in legend casks of liquor were strapped around the dogs' collars to warm up travelers, no historical records exist that document this practice.
All in all, the St. Bernard rescue dogs were credited with saving the lives of more than 2,000 people until the last documented recovery in 1897.
About Walnut Studiolo
Necessity is the mother of invention!
Portlander Geoffrey Franklin started Walnut Studiolo in October 2009 when he found himself needing durable, beautiful leather accessories for his bicycles. As an avid rider and active north westerner, he was inspired to create products he had not been able to find on the market. His background in design and degree in architecture from the University of Oregon, along with his passion for traditional mediums, have driven his product line and produced unique and functional products that are highly sought after.
His first product was a leather u-lock holster. He followed that with handlebar wraps, and next up was a portage strap for carrying his bike. He then began working one-on-one with customers to design custom products. One such item was a polo mallet holder. They sold a few here and there for several months until inspiration struck! Geoff realized the mallet holder could be used to strap a 6 pack to his bike! He re-listed the item on Etsy as a “Six-pack Frame Cinch.” Oregonians do love their beer, so word spread quickly. After favorable press from several websites and blogs, the company’s growth was rapid.
The company has now expanded from just bicycle accessories to producing interior design products, several beer and wine products, and travel-sized games, just to name a few. They also still accept custom work orders.
Geoff and his wife Valerie grew the business into a full-time occupation, quitting their other jobs in 2011. The company hired its first additional employee in 2013.
Geoff says the company’s mission is, “To design durable, unique, and functional (awesome) products that we want to use ourselves and that are:
- Hand-tooled in Portland, OR
- Made out of durable natural materials like leather and wood
- Sourced with an emphasis on local-made and USA-made suppliers
- Produced using environmentally responsible methods and materials.”
Walnut Studiolo has received much praise and many local awards, as well as a nomination for the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Crafts Awards.
If you are looking for a quality handmade product, Walnut Studiolo is a local company with functional solutions to everyday problems. They are inspired by old world aesthetic and put heart and craftsmanship into each product.