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Hand-made Bag

Yoshi's Hand-made Bag(1)A09A2989

This not a museum piece from the Captain Scot’s camp.  

Yoshi's Hand-made Bag(2)A09A2996This is a bag I made about 1976 and used over 10 years since.

Unless I was on a Shooting assignment to carry full gear,

I only needed to carry A5 size Duplicate Notebook and,

may be just one Nikon with wide angle lens. — Only to carry

little things, ordinary bag on the market was too big.

Then I found a leather-goods shop selling  off-cut leather,

I decided to make one, fit to my use.


 —– To make a bag out of off-cut pieces need to have just

a cut and stitch work though, being off-cut, the leather

pieces are  irregular shaped mixed sizes,

I needed to do a jig-saw puzzle first, to make required, workable

flat piece of leather.  And how to design such as closing fitting

on the top flap was the another fun.  🙂  

(I used the same key system for the small coin-purse too.)


—– Whether you convinced or not, this is a Zen practice.  

When making it, there wouldn’t be any other thoughts.  (Mindfulness)

And while stitching it, just fingers were working.  (Mushin)

Considering the time spent, it wouldn’t make much financial gain nor

as it is not a kind of Master piece to show-off, it’s far from any Arrogance.

Still it was a fully absorbed commitment to deal with the material and the work.  

So, it was, I would say in Ichijo. ( Oneness = Non Duality )


—– Forget the brah brah, anyway the bag worked well, for its purpose

and it was my good companion for rather long time on my life.




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  1. drawandshoot said, on May 29, 2013 at 15:48

    Yoshizen, I think these are beautiful! I would love a bag like that. The fact that is is pieced together and handmade adds to the beauty of the design. I like the timeworn history of it, and the quality.

    Small business, maybe…? I could be your first customer…. : )

    • yoshizen said, on May 29, 2013 at 16:17

      Thank you Karen.
      I wouldn’t do business but I would love to make one for you free.
      (Not a big bag kind, = lens pouch, etc)
      (but first, I have to find the leather —- it seems all the manufacturing
      of leather goods has gone to turkey or china —- still, something got to be here)
      (a piece of leather for my lens cap said to be came from shortened sleeve of jacket
      —– I found it in a dressmaker’s bin)

  2. bentehaarstad said, on May 29, 2013 at 23:33

    Impressive again. Such beautiful handwork, and beeing used make even more beautiful I know it is very hard and difficult working with leather, I tried, once…no success.

    • yoshizen said, on May 30, 2013 at 00:08

      Thank you Bente.
      The knack to work with leather is, before stitch, you have to
      make holes with “awl” or sharp Ice-pick kind of tool.
      So, make holes on two leather together, then stitch and bind together.
      (Unless you miss and jump one hole, they will be nicely bound.)

  3. elenacaravela said, on May 30, 2013 at 00:06

    You are multi-talented Yoshi!

    • yoshizen said, on May 30, 2013 at 00:15

      Thank you Elena.—- though, stitching doesn’t need to have a talent.
      Just push a needle from this side to other and repeat it again and again,
      That all. 😀

  4. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on June 18, 2013 at 18:10

    What a beautiful and special bag, all the more meaningful to you, I imagine, having made it with your own hands.

    • yoshizen said, on June 18, 2013 at 19:17

      Thank you Lemony. Simple reality then was, I didn’t have much money. 😀
      Still, I kept using it even after I got full set of Hasselbrad, since
      it became my distinctive tread mark. Ha ha ha 😀

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