Roll-Up Happy Hour Kits for Travel
« on: January 07, 2020, 08:51:36 PM »
Over the long holiday break I had a chance to put together a couple projects to give as gifts that I think my fellow SAK Knights will appreciate. Each carries a piece of oiled cherry wood as a cheese board, an 8 oz stainless steel flask, and a Victorinox Cheese SAK. They all go together into a shell cordovan roll-up, easily stored in the trunk of your car, for those impromptu happy hours while traveling.
One goal I had was to use shells that had clear and obvious flaws, and were thus unsuitable for other kinds of projects like wallets, handbags, watch straps, etc. The Color No 8 shell was huge, so I was able to build the whole kit from one shell. The Natural color kit was made by attaching four shells together, but I did it in an irregular way, following whatever their natural margins were.
Here are the two together, in their rolled-up state:
Because the cherry wood cheese boards are randomly sized, the two kits are different sizes. Here is the Color No. 8 kit:
And here is the Natural kit:
Unrolled and ready for use they look like this:
The Natural Kit has room for expansion. I will be adding a Naked Compact, built by MTo's very own Max Stone, to this one, just above the cocktail forks:
Here are some other views showing the differences and some of the details of the two: