Boarding Machine

Goatskins being 'boarded' (softened), prior to being embossed.

Chestnut Tan

Decanting powdered chestnut tan.

Clicker Press

'Clicking-out' bookmarks with our clicker press.

Drum Work

A 'Drum Roll' please

Glass Drying

Glass drying Sheep Skivers.

Glazing Machine

Polishing (burnishing) Chieftain Goatskins with a glass cylinder.

Hand Graining

Hand graining goatskins

Hand Padding

Hand 'Padding' (applying a resin pigment)to Calf skins for Scabbard Leather

Hand Spraying

Hand spraying a short-run custom green goatskins.

'Hanging' Skins

'Hanging' goatskins to air dry.

Hot Pressing

Hot pressing sheep skivers.

The Mangle

Pressing and softening goatskin.

Measuring Machine

Measuring the area of finished Bookcalf.

Shaving Machine

'Wet' shaving calfskins, prior to dyeing.


Hand 'Slickering' (softening) goatskins.

Spraying Machine

A view down the 'tunnel' of our spraying machine, where Chieftain Goatskins are being finished.....

..... and another view from inside.


Staking (softening) Chieftain Goatskins.


Toggling Chieftain Goatskins to Dry.

Make Works

Make Works visits J Hewit & Sons in Edinburgh. From Make Works on Vimeo.

Outtakes and Bloopers....

.... it does what is says on the tin.

The Big Move...

.... and a video shot and edited by Roger Barlee's son, Kenneth during the big move to Livingston in 2010.