Wax + Cloth

Frequently Asked Questions

If you'd like to learn more about anything, feel free to shoot me an email! 

 

How fast do you ship items?

Small orders usually go out in a day or two, most other things depend on whether the item is in stock or has to be made to order. Usually things ship at most within 10 business days. I sometimes take more than a couple days on prototype 'grab bags', often because I take the opportunity to try ideas that I've had, or to complete an in-progress piece that I think you'd like. 

What kind of fabrics do you work with?

I work mostly with heavy denim and canvas, made locally/regionally when possible. Cone Mills and Mt. Vernon Mills have been my biggest sources of fabric, and I also use an assortment of fabrics from Pacific Blue Denims in Washington. I often use a fabric called 'Selvage' or 'Raw' Denim, (Sometimes 'Raw Selvage') this is denim that has not been Sanforized, which means that it is going to 'fade' and transfer indigo to contacted surfaces. This denim tends to be stiff on delivery, but with use will become softer and take on a unique look for each person. 

What kind of leather do you work with?

I currently work with Horween Chromexcel leather exclusively. It's an awesome wax and oil imbued, richly hued leather that works really well with the unique patina raw denim and waxed canvas take on. Horween is based in Chicago, and has been producing leather for over 100 years. 

How does 'waxed canvas/denim' work?

The history of waxed fabrics is fun, and while waxed and oiled cloth has been surpassed by modern textiles in many technical roles, there are aspects of the classic materials that just haven't been replicated by newer innovations. A well loved waxed canvas bag looks and feels amazing, in a way that nylon just can't. That isn't to knock new fabrics, I'm absolutely not a 'things were better back then' guy, but I don't view my technical camera backpack with the same fondness as my waxed market tote. 

That said, waxed canvas now is expensive, and it's a product that effectively has one large scale American producer. Without getting into specifics, it's an expensive product without extremely large orders, and so far I haven't had the capital or the facilities for thousands of yards. I love waxed fabrics, so the only other option is to wax them myself, and that's what I do.

Any item that has waxed canvas or denim has been imbued with a blend of waxes first using a brush, then a heat gun and sometimes the sun. Waxes have different melting points, stiffness, shine, etc, and blending them produces a finish that aims for a 'Goldilocks zone'. All paraffin wax results in a fabric that is too shiny, melts too easily, and is softer that I want. All beeswax makes fabric that's too stiff, and while it smells nice, it often looks more like a fabric that's been glued than a fabric that's been waxed. All soy wax has some of the drawbacks of parrafin and beeswaxand by itself can be a little chalky and inflexible. By their powers combined though, I'm able to get a higher melt point, the right mix of flex with stiffness, and an attractive look. It does take a while, but what can ya do. 

Are you interested in working together on a project/product?

Probably! Shoot me an email and we can talk. In general I'm always open to collaborations, customization, and new things, especially if you're local.