Hand made charging station: Part 1) Power strip

I am forever torn about technology.  On the one hand, I use it constantly and could not do my day job without it.  I’ve got all the gadgets: laptop, desktop, iPhone, iPad, and boxes of obsolete (e.g. >4 year old) devices, chargers, and cords that drive my wife crazy.  These things have a way of taking over our lives, and they can become very addictive.

Hand made leather power strip.

One consequence of our modern, device-filled world is that we now have all of the associated crap all over our houses.  I’ve become intrigued with “charging stations” as strangely attractive, with all of the cords, odd-shaped devices, lights, and the ubiquitous power strips.  No matter how much effort I make, these things always look random and like they are taking over any available space.

This is my first component of a completely hand made charging station.  The powerstrip was completely hand made, with hand-stitched mitered construction, braided power cord, and pineapple knots at the plug and powerstrip body.  Hermann Oak leather will naturally darken and get a pleasant patina over the years.  The kangaroo knots and braid are similar to those used for fine western reins.

You can see more photos as well as my leather wall phone on the “Other Things” section of my portfolio.  Stay in touch for more charging station components as I make them.

Author: edisonleatherworks

I'm a biochemistry professor and leatherworker who likes bicycles, travel, art, education, and music. Walking is my favorite form of transportation, and I regularly practice Tai Chi.

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