Each item starts as an area rug sized full-grain hide, that I cut into (after pouring a nice glass of bourbon usually). From there, I thoughtfully prepare each piece for the hand stitching, which usually entails gluing the wallet together and getting it looking 'somewhat' like a wallet. The stitching technique is called "Saddle Stitching" and has been around for years and widely regarded as one of the strongest stitches. This ensures the wallet isn't going to bust at the seams.
After each piece is stitched I move on to meticulously approaching the edges. There is nothing worse than a beautiful wallet with edges that received no attention. All edges get beveled, sanded and burnished before the piece is ultimately ready for a final waxing.