FAQ

  1. What are your store policies?
    Please see policies and privacy.
  2. What if I can’t find my location in your shipping options?
    Please contact me and I will see what I can do.  I set up the shipping options as best as I could to be fair for all, but we can work together.
  3. What does saxifrage mean?
    Saxifrages, a.k.a. rockfoils, are holarctic perennial plants.  Saxifraga means “stone-breaker.”  I love the purple mountain saxifrages [Saxifraga oppositifolia] a super whole lot, but a lot of them are rad.  They are common the high Arctic and other places.  The petals are edible, and the leaves and stems can be brewed for tea.  And a flower termed a stone-breaker is punk rock, even if it might mean they have compounds in them good for kidney stones or whatever.  I do not care.
  4. What is your aesthetic?
    I do not do high-fashion items in part because I do not use machines.  I like a rough-and-tumble approach to my work and don’t lose any sleep over a non-traditional appearance.  Some things work, and some things don’t; some items I make and I don’t even care for them but they came out of a flow state, and then someone comes along and that item is THEIR FAVORITE THING and there is little more gratifying than placing it in their care.  I am self-taught with most things in my life, and leatherwork is no exception; I make a crap-ton of mistakes but every once in awhile I come up with something rad.  There are plenty of traditional leatherworkers out there doing outstanding work and following a lot of rules — and doing things beyond my skillset.  That is great and there is nothing wrong with them nor me.
  5. What do you mean by “handmade”?
    I do everything from start to finish, without machines.  If I haven’t, I disclose that.  That means I draw a pattern, transfer the pattern to leather, cut, punch, sew, dye or paint, and finish it myself.  If I add figurative or abstract artwork, it is my own.  If I contract out some artwork — such as airbrushing, pinstriping, or cartooning — I let you know that too.  If it’s chainmaille or another technique, again all me.
  6. How do I take care of leather?
    Leather will last much longer if properly cleaned and conditioned. You want something that cleans, conditions, softens, provides soil resistance, retards waterspotting, and buffs.
  7. What is Eco-Leather?
    The Eco-Leather I purchased from Organic Leather is described on their website as follows: “The hides we work with for our eco leather come from South America, where the majority of the cows are organic by nature. Although they may not be certified, the cattle are free-range, grass-fed animals which roam on huge expanses of pasture land year round. The pre-tanning is done in South America using farm-bred mimosa and then finished using plant-based dyes in our U.S. factory, which is held to some of the most stringent environmental laws in the world. Our eco leather offers one the best selections of eco-colors found anywhere and is 99% free of heavy metals and chemicals.”
  8. What does “green site” mean?
    My ISP purchases green energy offsets.
  9. Didn’t Saxifrage Leather used to be called something else?
    Yes, Saxifrage Leather is formerly known as Cult of Not-Doing Leather, but that was too obscure of a Bertrand Russell reference and also some people got some weird kind of Satanic panic about it.
  10. Are you certified Made in Alaska?
    Yes! Buy local, buy handmade.