Building a Mana Wine Carrier.
We begin the process of hand building your Mana Wine Carrier with the selection of first grade, flawless African Mahogany to form the base and interior division of the carrier. African Mahogany is chosen because it is a tough hardwood, without being too heavy, and beautifully compliments the the dark brown veg tanned leather of the case. The mahogany is carefully shaped by hand to give the shape of the Mana Wine carrier base and then the internal mahogany division is fitted exactly into a hand cut groove in the base. Cleats are added to the division wall for added support when the leather is attached. Finally the woodwork is carefully hand sanded and finished with two coats of an imported lacquer.
A suitable piece of pure veg tanned bovine leather, kept the full thickness of the hide, is selected from our stock of leather. Full thickness veg tanned leather is used because it is much stiffer and harder than normal leathers, and therefore can be wet molded on a timber form work and will retain its shape and form after being thoroughly dried in the hot African sun for 2 days.
Once removed from the mold the leather is then cut exactly to final size. The positions of the D rings to hold the canvas strap are carefully marked out, together with the leather loops that hold the wine bottle necks in place. Each stitch position is then carefully marked out with a pencil, ruler and set square. The holes are individually punched out with a lacing chisel. Finally hand stitching begins. Two needles on a single thread are cross-stitched through each hole and knotted in the middle, making for extremely strong and safe stitching.
The mahogany hardwood interior is then fitted and glued in place, with tiny brass screws to ensure the timber to leather join is strong and will never part. The 100% cotton strap is then made up with brass sliders so the length can be adjusted for perfect carrying height. Leather belts are sewen to each end and clip through the brass D ring brass button screws to secure the strap (which can be removed at any time for easy packing and airfreight).
The final process is to hand stain the leather and give it a final polish.