can you build my seat pan?
Nope. I do not build seat pans. My work begins when you send me a stock or custom made pan that is in decent shape. If you need a custom pan made for you, contact a local metalsmith/fabricator. If you're pretty handy, you might find that it's something you can do on your own. Some have even had seat pans made at local vocational schools. I work with all pans, whether they be metal, plastic, fiberglass or wood -- they just need to be in good shape. Good shape means minimal rust and no cracks.
what's better: leather or vinyl?
I love to work with leather but I will happily work with both materials. Leather breathes, it gains character with riding and age, and it's a touch more badass. It does take a little bit of love and care, but maybe not as much as everyone tells you. Expect to condition it every now and then (once at the end of every riding season at least). Expect to bring it inside to dry out if you just rode through a downpour (a good thing to do with any seat). Other than that, there's not much to it. If well cared for, leather can stay beautiful for hundreds of years.
All that being said, vinyl is easy to take care of, it's affordable, and many people are just going to confuse it for leather anyway.
can I add an image or logo to my seat?
In many cases, yes. If it's simple, it might be something I can stitch into your seat cover myself. More complex designs can be sent out to be embroidered or laser engraved by a Maine business. Engravings can only be done on leather and certain types of leather at that. If you decide that you want your seat engraved or embroidered, it will add time and cost onto your project.
I want a handtooled leather seat, can you do that?
I am primarily a seamstress and upholsterer, therefore tooling and carving is not really my chosen area. For these sorts of projects, you are better off going to a leatherworker who works primarily with veg tan leather. However, if your idea is fairly simple and just involves dyeing, lacing and lowkey stamping, reach out to me and it might be something I will take on.
do I have to tell you exactly how I want my seat to look?
No, you don't really have to tell me anything beyond the color and the material. I am more than happy to take your seat cover design in my own direction and make it look good. I will also happily work with your ideas, reference images and/or sketches.
But if all you know is "I hate diamonds" or "I like pleats" that's good for me. I can work with that.