Wow’s Who’s Who! – Clive

In Wow’s Who’s Who, Clive should arguably have been the first name on the list. He is in charge of cutting out all the leather components for the saddles. The pieces for any given specification are all computer generated, which removes the chance of forgetting one, but there is a huge amount of skill in laying out the elements on a hide so as to minimise wastage, avoid blemishes (most are not nearly as obvious as the hole shown in the image!) and ensure that pairs of pieces such as flaps are well-matched – always a challenge when using a natural material. Once this is done, press ‘Go’ and the computer-controlled operation both marks stitch lines and cuts shapes.

Staff Photo - Clive