Our Classic Aprons were designed with the needs of the craftsman in mind. The durable material moves freely with your body, held in place with leather straps that cross over the shoulders, eliminating the neck fatigue commonly experienced with around the neck straps. The straps are secured to the apron body with hand hammered copper rivets, a time honored technique that is also utilized on all stress points on the pockets. Double stitched seams are not only aesthetically pleasing, they are well suited to withstanding the daily rigors of shop life. Available in both waxed and non-waxed canvas, the numerous color options and pocket configurations allow you to pick the apron that suits you best. Don't be boxed in by limited choices elsewhere. The shop apron is one of the most used items in a shop, you should be able to have one that meets your every need.
Read below for a full description of the features and materials that go into each one of our aprons. When you are ready to order, start below by deciding on your apron material, size, strap material, and embroidery options. Once you add it to your cart, you will be able to decide color, pocket styles, rivet finish etc.
***Due to popular demand, we have added a wide chest (bib) option to all of our aprons at no additional cost! Some people have broader shoulders, wider chests, or fuller figures than others. Our wide bib option increases the width at the top of the apron, resulting in greater coverage across the chest. The regular chest (bib) is 8” across at the top of the apron. The wide bib version spans 12” at the top.
Our fabric has been chosen specifically for its durability and consistency. After trying fabric from countless suppliers, we have settled on one source for all of our needs. The Martin Dyeing and Finishing Company is a seventh generation run American business that has been in operation since 1838. They provide a level of quality and consistency that is unparalleled, exactly what we needed for our aprons.
Our Non-Waxed canvas is a 10 oz. 100% cotton material that breathes well and moves with you. In order to provide a little more protection our non-waxed canvas is double layered, still retaining it's flexibility while offering a ruggedness that's required amongst the craftsman's tools of the trade.
Our 100% cotton, 14.7 oz. Waxed canvas is a stiffer fabric that is water resistant in addition to being extremely durable. The proprietary Martexin waxed blend causes the cotton fibers to swell, creating a tighter weave that is less susceptible to abrasion. The wax adds a high level of water resistance, keeping everything behind it dry and clean. Because the waxed canvas is thicker and more durable, only one layer is used in the construction of our shop aprons. The waxed canvas doesn't breathe well and is not recommended in a shop that experiences warmer temps, it can tend to get a bit stuffy. However, in colder temps and in climate controlled environments, it is ideal. Clean up is simple, just hose it off and let it dry! Through time and use, the waxed treatment may need refreshing. We offer Martexin Original Wax refinishing compound in our General Store, allowing you to keep your waxed canvas operating in top shape.
Non-Waxed Canvas Color Options
Waxed Canvas Color Options
What really sets our aprons apart from the rest is the ability to choose from several different pocket types. Not all craftsmen are the same. Some prefer mechanical pencils, some wooden. Some are strict handtool enthusiasts, others are power tools all the way. We have three Chest pocket and three Lower pocket styles available, allowing you to customize your apron to your exact needs.
The Chest pocket comes in three different versions, Full, Graduated, and Utility. The Full Chest pocket has three slots that are all 5" deep, perfect for metal rules and mechanical pencils. If you prefer using wooden pencils, then the Graduated chest pocket is for you. With three slots tapering in height from 5" to 3", you won't lose your pencil when it gets sharpened down to a nub. Our Utility chest pocket was designed for the more modern craftsman who utilizes their smartphone daily for time sheets, emails, etc. It has a main pocket that is 3.25" wide and 4" deep, along with four slots that range in height from 4" to 3".
The Lower pockets on our Classic Aprons come in three different versions as well. For all around use, our All-Purpose pocket is right for you. Spanning the width of the apron, it is divided into three large pockets, providing ample storage for tools and other items. If you work up next to a workbench or table, our next two pocket choices are tailored towards you. The Open and Closed pockets are situated towards the sides of the apron, leaving the front of the apron open and free of bulky items. This allows you to work up close to your bench without any obstructions in front. The Open pockets feature a sloped opening, providing easy access at all times. If you are a woodturner, or someone who happens to always be covered in sawdust, our Closed pockets are the perfect choice. Flaps above each pocket keep unwanted debris from entering.
double stitching and rivets
Our aprons are meant to hold up to a lot of abuse. In order to achieve this, all of our seams are double stitched and each stress point is reinforced with a hand peened cooper rivet. The copper rivets can be finished in one of two ways, smooth or hammered. The smooth finish is nice and clean, just like on a sturdy pair of jeans. The hammered finish is done by hand with a custom made ball peen hammer. It adds a rustic aesthetic to the apron. There is no benefit in terms of strength, both methods are equally strong.
Our aprons are currently available in two sizes, Regular and Extra Large. All of the leather straps are fully adjustable, providing the best fit possible at all times. Custom sizing is available, contact us for further info.
The Regular apron will fit 80% of the body types out there. It easily adjusts to fit people up to 6'2" in height, with up to a 52 inch chest. If you are above 6'2", or have a 52 inch or larger chest, then the Extra Large will be the best fit for you.
If you feel that a longer than normal waist strap may be needed, don't hesitate to mention it when placing your order. A longer strap can be added at no additional charge when making your apron.
***Due to popular demand, we have added a wide chest (bib) option to all of our aprons at no additional cost! Some people have broader shoulders, wider chests, or fuller figures than others. Our wide bib option increases the width at the top of the apron, resulting in greater coverage across the chest.
embroidery and customization options
We offer embroidery on our Classic Aprons, Nail Aprons, and tool rolls. Adding a name, monogram, or simple text is an additional $10. Logos are an extra $25. We will contact you through email right before we start making your order to discuss your embroidery options. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have!
Once your package ships we will send you a notification email. In stock items will still ship in 1-3 business days. Due to the small batch sizes that we are limited to and the large number of current orders, all other orders will take 10+ weeks at this time. If there are any delays, we will notify you immediately and will keep you posted on the progress. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have a question regarding the status of your order. If you are purchasing an item as a gift and need it by a certain time, please let us know. We will do our best to meet your time frame if given enough advance notice.