What type of wood is used?
Real wood. Usually British species such as oak, sycamore, elm… Character in the grain or possibly knots to make each bellows different and attractive is important in choice of wood. There are a couple of helpful timber mills in the region that generally have a range of timber that is good quality as well as interesting. For the ‘Stealth Bellows’ that are stained to match the black leather, tacks and nozzle other firm woods may be used because the grain and knot features are not so important.
Do wood choices alter the price?
In the general range available online only oak is a little higher priced. It is a lovely wood that can be a little more expensive but mainly it is harder and so requires greater work in both shaping as well as attaching the leather. Specialist timbers can be considered for bespoke bellows and would be priced according to availability from the mills.
What type of leather is used?
Real leather. Softer leathers are sourced from various UK outlets – mainly sheep, cow or goat – in colours that complement or contrast with the woods. People that want bespoke bellows usually have a preference or two regarding the type or general colour of leather that is matched as best we can from that available at that time.
What about the nozzle?
“Wanting a nozzle that was strong, efficient and with a more contemporary ‘good look’ meant I needed to design a suitable nozzle – I had some guidance from the local fabricator who now manufactures these metal nozzles for me. They are powder coated by another local firm, ensuring a smart nozzle that delivers a useful flow of air to where it is needed.”
How much are bespoke bellows?
For choices in wood, as well as leather and tacks – and either a black or bronze nozzle – the price starts at £50.00 more than those bellows available online. For more elaborate commissions, the price would be negotiated depending on the elements proposed.