A+J items are designed to capture the inherent beauty of
raw natural materials.
The purity and quality of the materials lend
natural character to each item.
Our pure beeswax comes from a little honey farm down the road from our workshop. Depending on the plants that the bees visit, the wax will carry a variety of colors and scents. The wax is minimally filtered, and contains pieces of propolis and pollen from the hive. As beeswax is exposed to air, it develops a “bloom,” a white film, which is a sign of purity.
Our linen comes from a small family-owned mill in E. Europe. The looms are about 90 years old, and they produce rough woven textures from pure local flax. A+J bags are designed to feature the linen’s beautiful selvedge edge. Linen is always grown organically, is naturally anti-microbial, and has a beautiful fresh smell. We hand wash the linen to preshrink it and to give it extra texture.
Our waxed canvas is from a 90 year old family-owned local mill. Canvas is coated with food grade wax to make it function and age like leather. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth or hose off.
Our leather is vegetable tanned with organic material, such as leaves and bark. Light-colored natural leather will darken with age. We treat the leather with our homemade mixture of plant oil and local beeswax. We never waste material - scraps are handcut for tags, leather washers and lacing.
Rivets are made from pure copper and are hand cut and hammered to add strength. They develop a beautiful patina with time.
We mix our own plant dye solutions and apply by dipping or hand painting.