Let’s fawn over Penny Hanan’s artisan designs – using deer hide and antlers

Posted by | August 10, 2013 | All, Enterprising, Lifestyle & Leisure | No Comments


She is the country girl who always wanted to return to life in the country – but when marriage and kiddies kept her in the city, Penny Hanan decided to connect her old life with her new – as she tells me today in the AFR Weekend.

Her start-up online business, 1803 Artisan Deer Design, is borne out of the passion for the family farm. FYI, 1803 was the year, m’dear, that deer were introduced to Australia.  Penny sources deer hide and antlers from her brother’s Mandagery Creek venison operation. All part of the family ethos to embrace the nose-to-tail philosophy where people can eat it, wear it and use it – waste is minimised.




Penny spent a huge amount of time and money to bring the 1803 idea to fruition – curating a group of artisans to produce gorgeous hand-forged knives, suede scarves and throws, handbags, hair-on hides and antler candelabras.

Her artisans come from four states: Tony Scott the tanner, from Port Elliott in SA; bladesmith Tom Hounslow is from the Huon Valley in Tasmania and his dad made knives for renowned restaurateur Tetsuya; Jarren Borghero runs a leather-craft business, Temono, in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges; and creative screen-printer Julie Paterson, of ClothFabric, hails from the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

Marvellous m’deer!