It started on set, one hot and boring afternoon, when John Fleming (Grip) started teaching me how to tie various knots. I loved it. Very therapeutic but complex. Who the hell figured all these out in the first place? Did you know there are 177,147 ways to tie a knot?
I soon bought a book on how to tie even more knots.
One day, the back door keyring broke, so I made a monkey fist key ring for it. It looked good but I thought I could do better, so I did. Some friends saw it, and wanted one, then other people wanted them. I went from that to trying a couple of hand spliced dog leads, one for my in-laws, one for a DOP buddy.
Then Kelly wanted a dog collar, so I thought I’d teach myself a bit of leather work to do it.
So I did. It was the best thing I’ve ever made. So I figured I’d start making key fobs, belts, collars, wallets. All sorts. I even made two for a friends wedding for his Best Men. That was pretty awesome.
I do them all for free, only for nice people, and only when I feel like it.
“For Satan always finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.”
– Isaac Watts