Way back in June, my wife commissioned a picture of a Little Owl for me as a wedding anniversary present. The artist was a Mr. A.C.A (Arnold) Smith of Clevedon. He is a prize-winning leather worker, and I have been admiring his tooled leather pictures for many years. It was late October before the picture arrived, but it was worth the wait. My image below does not do the picture justice, as the flash has flattened the detail somewhat, but my study is too dark to take a photo with natural light. The picture itself (not including the frame) is 32 cm x 38 cm (12.5 in x 15 in), and the price charged for the framed picture was, in my opinion, amazingly good value for money - just think of the thousands upon thousands of hammer blows that must have gone into it!
If you would like to see some more examples of Mr. Smith's work, please visit his web site at www.acasmithleathercraft.co.uk - if you do nothing else, look at the 'Western Saddle' on the 'commissions' page (I saw that in the flesh before its owner came to collect it)! Better still - go and visit him at the Clevedon Craft Centre! If you do, don't take the wife as there is a jewellers there who makes fabulous creations with semi-precious stones at a fraction of the price you'd pay in a shop (if you could find anything like it!) - guess what my wife had for her anniversary present!