My journey to kilt making
Since youth, I have loved dealing with textiles. We made my first kilt during the age 16 for great reason that as a Cub Scout frontrunner, We required one! Kilt making guidance turned out to be in short supply, and I also ended up being left wondering how my kilt could possibly be made to fit like a glove.
At a later phase in my life, I heard of a kilt school established by Rob McBain, a former Master Kilt Maker of the Gordon Highlanders, who predicted your art of kilt generating ended up being heading for extinction.
Overjoyed in the prospect of learning the demanding and complex tailoring abilities needed of a bespoke kilt maker, I became fortunate certainly to possess one of Rob’s protégés as my instructor – having since always been my appreciated mentor.
I've continued to develop my tailoring skills and endeavour to ensure that the information additionally the skill of this hand-crafted tailored kilt is handed down with all the level of comprehension of the professional tailoring techniques.
My vision is to enhance the community awareness of the tailored kilt, just what standards to expect from kilt of quality and result in the coaching and ongoing discovering of the craft much more available to those who are prompted to be kilt producers or who simply want to make a kilt for a unique individual.
Askival of Strathearn Studio
In 2009, I happened to be privileged to acquire “Askival”, a secluded rural residence simply ten full minutes from Fair City of Perth, and my vision included producing a purpose-built studio. The resultant inspiring innovative space boasts attractive solid pine beams and a glass gable-end overlooking the wonderful Strathearn Valley. This has the right atmosphere of peace, development, and imagination.
Having this wonderful center permits me to combine earning money with following my passion to sustain our social heritage by increasing the profile associated with traditional kilt, taking personal commissions and offering training workshops for our future kilt manufacturers.
When I had identified at a young age, it is hard to master the craft through written term and indeed there is certainly little in the form of written guidance. The ability of kilt generating is obtained experientially through exceptional coaching and persistence. Its, for that reason, important to make sure that the knowledge and wisdom of the old guard are not lost, also to grasp every chance to pass them on.
While predominantly the standard of the High Street bespoke or mass-produced, off-the-peg kilts is completely acceptable, while retaining a competitive price, the authentic hand made tailored, bespoke kilt epitomises an enduring custom, unsurpassed technique and special style that has to go on.