Pollock Leather Music Folders
ago I became tired of the same old small cardboard music folders that
would last me one semester of school or less and wouldn’t hold
some of the larger pieces of music I was carrying around. When I was
younger and involved in scouting in Alaska I used to make things like
belts and moccasins out of leather. These things would last for years,
so I decided to make a leather folder for my music. I found a local
leather shop in town and told the owner what I was interested in doing.
He had never had anyone ask about leather for a music folder before.
I gave him the measurements and he cut out a pretty large piece of thick
raw hide. He also sold me the necessary tools I needed to do the job.
At the time I was a student at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
When I finished my folder and started to take it to rehearsals, it wasn’t
long before several of my fellow students and some of the performing
faculty decided they needed one as well. That was over twenty years
ago and since then; I have made so many folders that I have lost count.
folder comes in different shades of Black, Brown, Tan and Burgundy.
actually one large piece of leather folded in half. It has two large
pockets for music sewn on the inside and one for pencils that I
also use to hold my tuning fork. The corners have snaps to hold the
folder together when it’s closed. The leather is stiff and
stays that way even after many years of use. The thickness varies
always 1/8 of and inch thick or less. It’s finished smooth and
polished on the outside, but like suede on the inside. It can be made
any size, but I find to hold most music it’s best if you keep
it around 12 inches wide and 15 inches tall when the folder is closed.
folder in the photos is Brownish Red. It has been used everyday for
over 20 years and I have never had to replace a snap or thread. The
only thing I have ever done is to put a little leather treatment or
clear polish on the outside and I have only done that about three times.
This folder measures 12 ¼ inches wide and just under 15 inches
tall when it’s closed. It is a heavy duty folder so it obviously
weighs more than a paper folder but the weight is minimal. This folder
weighs less than two pounds with all my music, pencils and tuning fork.
make all of the folders by hand and pretty much guarantee them forever.
Because the cost of leather has gone up dramatically in the last 20
years, the price for one is $150 plus shipping, handling and insurance.
That can also change depending on the cost of the leather. I make them
one at a time and it can take four to six weeks for delivery.
you are interested in a folder, please send me a
e-mail with “Pollock Leather Music Folder” in the subject
line. Once we have confirmed what color folder you want and any other
details you can follow the link to the Order Form where you can complete
your order or use Pay Pal.
a Pollock Leather Music Folder