Cooper Thurston had a knack for crafting things growing up. The founder of Roughhewn Leather puts it this way, "I've always enjoyed working with my hands. Designing and crafting things that work and are functional. No frills but still have a simple beauty about them."
Adhering to time tested methods, Cooper maintains an old school approach to crafting his products, including our Thoreau Attache. Cooper further explains his introduction to crafting leather goods:
I started working with leather when I was 13. My grandfather had a collection of vintage leather tools from Tandy that I used at first (slowly growing my collection ever since). He also had some vintage Tandy Leather magazines that I would flip through for inspiration. I made a few small items for family and friends over the years but it wasn't until my senior year in college that I decided to create Roughewn. I've always wanted to own my own business but wanted it to be something that I could stand behind. Something I was passionate about and something I believed in. Roughewn is just that: an expression of my desire to craft leather products with a functional beauty, that serve a useful purpose, and can be handed down to the next generation.
Cooper's desire is expressed in all of the goods he makes. One of the things that makes Roughhewn's products unique is the saddle stitching method he uses. Sewing everything by hand is an arduous task, but one that produces a product that stands better against wear, tear, and the elements. Cooper explains, "With hand stitching you could cut a stitch and the product will still hold up. In contrast, with machine stitching when a thread is cut the entire length of stitch comes unraveled. Hand stitching is a much more involved process but as far as durability it's unbeatable." In other words, hand stitching provides a redundancy that machine stitching is not made to provide.
The thread Roughhewn uses is another indication of a commitment to quality. They use an extremely durable polyester thread from the Maine Thread Company. Their thread is made in Maine, the leather is tanned in Chicago, and the products are crafted in Washington, Missouri. You don't get any more American than that.