Cane toad leather watch strap: A noble use for a common pest!

To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of making watch straps is the fact that you can make use of even the smallest, often most interesting pieces of leather. Pieces that would usually prove too small to be used for many other projects, can often be turned into unique and individual  watch straps, eager to enhance the wrist appearance of someone’s trusty time piece.

Therefore, the other day when I was visiting my local leather supplier, it was with a lot of interest that I watched him unpacking   containers with what looked like patches of colourful, highly textured pieces of leather. “What are they”? I enquired, and the answer opened up another exciting, and quite exotic avenue for Reivilo watch straps to be explored: “Cane toad” was his reply…

Yes, at last it seems a good use for this iconic and I may say, passionately disliked introduced pest in Australia has been found. The cane toad,  is commonly found in most areas in Australia, and often in plague proportions. Deadly for most local indigenous wildlife that may dare to prey on it, eradication programs have been widely put in place, with limited success.

But now someone has come up with the bright idea of putting the extremely tough skins of these animals through a tanning process, and the results is absolutely fascinating. I have been experimenting with these skins for a while now, making both natural and rolled edge straps, backing the thin toad skins with tough kangaroo. And I am happy to say that the results are beautiful, unique and durable watch straps available in a variety of colours.

Cane Toad leather in green.

Cane Toad leather in green.

Just like all my other straps, they are available with my standard stainless steel buckles. Prices start at 38.00AU plus postage for the 18mm straps.

The first strap is in green, best described as jade green. Green generally goes very well with watches with gold coloured faces or cases. The kangaroo used for the backing and the keeper is  a dark forest green.  This specific strap was made with a rolled edge. When attached to a gold watch, the combination is very pleasing. Its not often that one sees a green watch strap, I have found that wearing this one draws a lot of comments. And when you mention what leather the strap is made from, you can prepare yourself for some very interesting discussions…

Cane Toad in green

Cane Toad in green

And no, I have been wearing cane toad straps for a considerable time, and still don’t have warts all over my hands; however, I am getting very good at catching flies in mid-flight with my tongue….

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