My sister-in-law Penny Hanan has just launched a business called 1803 Artisan Deer Design.
I know it might seem a little off-message to be writing about handbags and knives here on a blog that concentrates mostly on farmers and food; but 1803 is so closely linked to our farm and the whole project so exciting that I just had to share the love.
Penny uses the antler and leather from our farm here in Orange, and works with Australian artisans to transform them into a range of stunning pieces that are all available now on her site.
The 1803 handbags are buttery soft, made by hand and seriously beautiful (I’m in love with this deep charcoal blue clutch…that’s a hint Tim…). They are made with our deer leather, which is hand-cured in Port Elliot by tanner Tony Scott. Tony is one of the last people in Australia to tan leather using traditional, natural processes and we visited his workshop last year. He is a true craftsman and puts lots of love into every piece of leather or suede he creates.
The knives are hand-forged by Tasmanian bladesmith Tom Hounslow. Tom is based in the Huon Valley and forges the knives from recycled carbon and stainless steel before setting them in handles made from our antler. They are a joy to use.
Get the idea? 1803 is a pretty unique enterprise, bringing together some amazing producers and artists, including my husband the deer farmer!
We are so very proud of what Penny is doing and thrilled that we can work together on our collective businesses. Please take a moment to look at the below video by Meanwhile Outside. It is the perfect introduction to 1803 and Penny’s work.