The Pinegrove Story, by Rod Boyes

I'm a singer and guitar player in my spare time, with a fantastic band called The 309s. My wife Lou made me a leather case for my harmonicas, as I didn't like any of the ones you could buy. It was rough but widely admired and we had to make more for friends! I developed the design further then started making cases for other instruments too. The rest is history.

I love the process of design and crafting in leather. It's an expensive material, and you can't patch up mistakes, but otherwise it's very rewarding. It lasts forever, looks great, feels great, even smells good. The variety of finishes you can get is amazing, and I can even create my own effects. My style is rustic with Arts & Crafts and Art Deco influences thrown in.

Pinegrove is based in the small but beautiful Pennine town of Hebden Bridge. This unique place is set at the meeting point of three steep sided, wooded valleys. Amongst the trees are nestled the stone ruins of woollen mills from the earliest days of industry. Above the treeline is a vast space of heather moorland, with grouse, curlew and deer, and ancient packhorse trails that lead in every direction. Come and visit! It will refresh your soul.

Thanks for reading, I hope you like my pieces!


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