Monty works in the endangered craft of sporran making, reviving a traditional heritage of goat and horse-hair sporrans, while adding a contemporary edge to his designs. He creates bespoke sporrans that become family heirlooms, passed down for generations to come.
QEST will support further training for Monty with two master craftspeople. He will develop his skills in engraving with Angus McFadyen, and in silversmithing with QEST Scholar Wally Gilbert, covering areas such as decorative wirework, repoussé, chasing, stone setting and keum-boo. The techniques learnt will allow Monty to enhance the decoration of the cantles (ornate clasps) that he produces for the tops of his sporrans. The new skills will also be transferable to other traditional Highland regalia which he wishes to offer his clients, such as bonnet badges, jacket buttons, kilt belts and quaichs.