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Walnut

It all started with Geoff’s Dad’s 1978 Bianchi road bike. Once he started bicycle commuting to work with it, he was flooded with inspirations for new products that would improve his ride. He couldn't find them on the market, so he started making his own under the name Walnut Studiolo. Leather came naturally. Geoff spent his summers growing up around horses on the family ranch in Eastern Oregon, and to Geoff, the bicycle is the modern horse. He started making the associated tack that should go with it. The more he came to work with leather, the more he loved it: the tactile nature, the superb functional and structural qualities, the durability, and its availability as an industry by-product. Four years later, over 25 Walnut Studiolo products are handmade by Geoff in his workshop and sold to discerning bicycle enthusiasts around the world. Yes, this really is one photograph! Want to see the story of how it was made? Click here for a slideshow of the making of this photograph.

1Blueprint Tube
2Mud Flaps
3U-Lock Holster (Frame)
4U-Lock Holster (Rack)
5Seat Barrel Bag
6Adjustable Handle
7Reusable 6-pack
8Bicycle Frame Handle
9Seat Bag
10Reusable 4-pack
116-pack Frame Cinch
12Bottle Belts
13Strap Downs
14Headphone Organizer
15Cribbage Belt
16Business Card
17Portage Strap
18Can Cage
19City Grips
20Bare Knuckle Grips
21Braided Bar Wraps
22Pocket Pannier
23Sew-on Bar Wraps
24Blueprint Set Carrier
25Leather Care Dressing

It all started with this bike. My dad's old Bianchi that I took apart, powder-coated, and rebuilt. I used this bike to commute to work for a couple years and it was on those commutes that I came up with many of Walnut Studiolo's products.

It all started with this bike. My dad's old Bianchi that I took apart, powder-coated, and rebuilt. I used this bike to commute to work for a couple years and it was on those commutes that I came up with many of Walnut Studiolo's products.

These are an essential tool in the leather workshop for cutting straight lines off the hides.

I use a good-fashioned mallet to emboss our logo and monograms.

My dad's cribbage board I have always played on. This was ultimately the inspiration for the cribbelt (cribbage board belt).

An antique Singer pinking machine cuts through leather like butter but is small enough to fit in your pocket!

I use these to punch leather holes, preferably when I'm relaxing in front of a good movie.

I don't use this tool very much, but if I were ever going to play dentist on a horse, I'd be all set.

I've collected all sizes of these over the years. These stamps make large circles like for leather washers.

These anvils are what I use to set rivets and emboss against. A piece of cut railroad tie works great as a second anvil.

This shows the progress of the woodwork of the adjustable handle. I cut it out on the bandsaw, sand it down, finish it, then attach it to the straps.

A clean workspace is so important! I'm cleaning up my workstation constantly with this horsetail brush.

These are used to thin straps of leather, using a replaceable flat razor blade.

For scratching a parallel line to a board, or to draw circles.

I use these brass calipers for measuring bicycle tube diameters. Analog, baby!

Halted halfway through hand-stitching.

Keepin' my leather boots clean with a boot polish brush.

Using this tubular rivet press to assemble a six-pack is like wrestling a raccoon.

I use these antique Sargent & Co. parallel jaw pliers all the time to bend metal.

Made in the USA, razor sharp! Can be used to fine cut leather instead of an exacto blade.

These are good for rough cutting leather, but all of these need sharpening!

A creased is used like a bone folder, for making folds in thick leather.

For measuring leather thickness.

I use rubber cement in the construction process of some products. Always toluene-free!

This is a bike polo mallet I made in the studio with a 4-braid leather grip. I made a whole series of these and this was the best one, using an old ski pole.

These all-leather custom top-tube bags have saddle-stitched edges. I made one of these for a customer in Texas, and one in Japan. This is an example of the custom work I've done. Every once in a while when I make a custom product, I like it enough that I make an extra to keep for myself, like these.