Profiles in Craftsmanship: Phillip Hawk

Phillip Hawk

Phillip Hawk has 35 years experience as an expert saddler and shoemaker.  After a three year apprenticeship as a saddler in Colorado, he moved to to Virginia to study English saddles, strap goods and shoemaking.  He was master of the Saddle/Harness Shop and the Boot/Shoe Shop of Colonial Williamsburg.  His skills include every facet of leatherworking except gloves and clothing.  His work marries traditional craftsmanship with modern consumer demands. 

For his belts, Phillip only uses leather from the Tarnsjo Tannery in Tarnsjo, Sweden.  It supplies, arguably, the finest strap and upholstery leather in the world.  The world’s best saddlers, harness makers and fashion designers purchase their leather from this tannery.  Phillip uses leather stained only on the grain (the hair side), leaving the flesh side unstained to prevent bleeding on clothes.  The surface colors used by Tarnsjo Tannery maintain the integrity of the leather.

David Morgan is proud to be a retailer for Phillip Hawk. Contact him at:

Phillip Hawk
8501 Kingfisher Ct SE
Olympia, WA 98513
Telephone (360) 413-1751


Below are just a few of the procedures in making a belt.


Phillip first cuts the leather into strips.  The tool is a draw gauge knife.


Laying out the belt blank.13

Staining the edges14

Stamping with his maker’s mark30

Mounting the snaps35

Ready to wear!


Philip Hawk Belts



A Weekend of Whip Cracking

John Leonetti stopped by the store just after Christmas to introduce his friend, Paul Johnson.  Along with Will Morgan, they examined and photographed several of David’s whips.   


John and David


David and Paul

Below are some photographs from David’s collection.  (Some photos courtesy of John Leonetti)




6 ft Pocket Snake made by David Morgan   081227_dMwhips_031_deerHoof

Deer Hoof with thong from Beau Hickory, made in the 1970s.john2

Peruvian whip from Bernardo del Carpio081227_dMwhips_4xx_FancyBraidOrnaments_Detail2

Peruvian whip from Bernardo del Carpio



On Sunday, Will, John and Paul spent the day cracking whips at the SANCA facilities with BWAHAHA (The Barton-Wright Applied Hopology And Historical Antagonistics League).


Neal Stephenson081227_crackticeJohnPaulLouie on left, John Leonetti on right.

John, Paul and Louie Foxx



Whip Cracking

Braiding Whips