Waxed Canvas Bags and Gear


Waxed canvas, one of the oldest materials in the world and still used today, is a rare example of a fabric invention withstanding the test of time.  Originating in Scotland, waxed canvas was created by rubbing linseed oil onto clothing. The result was a durable fabric that repelled water. The water repelling fabric rose in popularity by providing waterproof clothing to sailors at a time when the waterways ruled the world. The coated canvas was widely used for maritime purposes because, not only was it waterproof, but it was durable and light. The waterproof attribute of the fabric also made waxed canvas the fabric of choice for clothing the British Armed Forces during WWII resulting in Britain having the only military with waterproof clothing!


Wax is not rubbed onto canvas but instead is produced with the oil imbedded into the canvas fibers, allowing the material to truly age gracefully.  Creations using waxed canvas are endless raging from outdoor camping gear to luggage and bag material and even clothing and shoes.

Our bags are made by hand one at a time in our shop and are built to with stand years of use and abuse !