DIY Northwesterner / Otter Wax special


I’ve had this special in the works for a while now, and am finally bringing it to the shop. I teamed up with a local friend Chris, who makes an amazing water-repellant wax called Otter Wax to offer this package special. Otter Wax is made in Portland with all-natural ingredients and does wonders in the rainy climate we have here. I figured it would be the perfect compliment to a natural canvas W&F bag, where you can apply your wax and to give an instantly worn-in look and water repellant properties.

They are available in the store today for $149. The leather handles and straps will age to a golden tan, so with just a little use, this bag will look like a well-used favorite.

The wax comes in bar form, so you simply take it out of the box and rub into the fabric to apply. As you get a little built up, you can use a clean rag to rub it in and even it out. Because the fabric is heavy and textured, you’ll definitely use up a good share of it, but should have about a half bar left to do future touch ups. There’s also some good tutorial advice on the Otter Wax site.


12 Responses to “DIY Northwesterner / Otter Wax special”

  1. Steph says:

    I´m in love with your bags :-)! Is it possible to get a green one waxed? And how much is shipping to Germany?

    Sunny greetings,

  2. amanda says:

    This is genius!! I love your blog. Everything is amazing.

  3. Matthaios says:

    splendid work & blog filled with love & inspiration.
    greetings from Greece

  4. Eric G says:

    I found this bag under my tree this morning. Thoughts on staining it with something like coffee before waxing to darken it?

    • MMP says:

      Sounds like a cool experiment, but I’d try it on some canvas first before you dip your whole bag! Let me know how it goes!

  5. David says:

    very cool stuff, I like the looks. And is that a kobold seal on that horween strap?

  6. BC says:

    So excited. Just got this awesome bag for my birthday. Question: you just wax the canvas, not the leather, right?