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Gibson Saltillo Star Basket Leather Gun Belt. Hand stamped and handmade in the good ol’ USA.


The credit for this idea goes to a long-time customer.  I happen to love it–thanks, Mike!

This is one of our 1-1/2″ wide, dual-layer (lined) leather gunbelts.  It’s a cool color we call “Saltillo” for the deep red highlights.  This one is hand stamped with the Barry King star basket stamp, one tiny little star at a time.  The border is also a Barry King stamp.  Stitching is heavy white nylon.  The hand-stamped leather keeper is hand finished, and hand molded to fit this belt.  It’s also hand sewn with linen thread in order to avoid a metal staple, which would corrode over time and make a mess of the works.  The edges are beveled by hand, painstakingly dyed by hand, then waxed and burnished to a fine polish.  There are seven (7) adjustment holes spaced 3/4″ apart.  It’s topped off with a heavy, polished solid brass Weaver buckle, and two floral brass Chicago screws.

If you want one of your very own, please feel free to order below.

If you have questions, shoot me an email to, or use the contact form below.

$195.00 plus $12.95 USPS Priority Mail Shipping, Insured with Delivery Confirmation/Tracking.  Total is $207.95  (Florida Orders please contact me for Sales Tax).




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Working on the website as time allows.

Slow but sure–finally starting to add a few belts and gun belts to the shop.  So far, this one.  But, that’s progress, right?

We’ve also whittled a week off the lead-time.  We’ve gone from 5 to 6 weeks all the  way down to 4 to 5 weeks.

Check out the dual-layer, Star Basket gun belt in Natural Hermann Oak.  It’s available in Natural or Black Cherry.  Stitching colors are black or white, your choice.  Buckles are heavy, polished Brass (gold), or heavy polished Chrome Brass (silver).

Photos are below, and if you find yourself wanting one, click the link here to order one in the shop

***Shipping via USPS Priority Mail is free for a limited time.***

Gibson dual-layer gun belt. Handmade, hand stamped Star Basket BK. Natural oil premium American Hermann Oak leather. 1.5″ wide with 7 adjustment holes 3/4″ apart, hand formed and stamped leather keeper, polished brass buckle with brass Chicago screw fasteners.
Gibson Black Cherry Star Basket TLF, 1.5″ wide, hand stamped, hand formed and sewn leather keeper. Polished solid brass hardware, heavy black nylon stitching.

Questions?  Always welcome–shoot me an email to or use the contact form below…

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Sewing machines, stitchers, profanity & thoughts of violence.



DISCLAIMER:  The following article contains profanity.  Cuss words.  Depending on your level of tolerance, you may or may not be offended.  No discussion of leather machinery, particularly leather stitching machines, can be had without cussing.  No honest discussions, at least.  Sincere apology, in advance.   

If you’re in the leather business, or leaning that way, sooner or later you’ll deal with what I’d call the nightmare that shits on the dream.  It’s all fun and games until you get your first leather sewing machine, or “stitcher.”  I say your first because there can never be just one.

You will get one.  You’ll begin to covet, to justify, to shop around.  You’ll convince yourself that your work will improve, become more consistent, and a hundred times more efficient.  The math will prove, again and again, that a powered leather-stitching behemoth is an absolute necessity.  For my part, I would agree.

Over a decade ago, I had to have one.  The big, grey Asian-import beast arrived from China by way of California on an 18-wheeler that was unable to navigate the two-rut sand trail that I live on.  A friend with a hardware store and a forklift lifted the pallet-strapped monster into the back of my pickup truck, and I brought the 750-pound monster home.

I was excited.  My wife, not so much.  They say “ignorance is bliss,” and when it’s applied to heavy leather stitching machines, they’re not far off.  I think that wives have a sixth sense about stupid shit their husbands do/buy/collect.

This being Florida, the weather was perfect for my new arrival.  Around 150-degrees Fahrenheit, and sauna-level humidity with intense, roasting fire ants with a magnifying glass, sunshine.  “Sunshine.”  It looks like such a happy word.  It’s not.

Long story short, I got the beast off the pallet, all assembled, plugged in, and tested.  She worked perfectly.  Beautiful, snug, six stitches per inch through over ¼ inch of Hermann Oak’s finest veg-tan leather.  I was soaked with sweat, dehydrated, having visions and passing out, but I was ecstatic.  This was the most beautiful, grey hunk of cast iron I’d ever seen.  So what if she dripped oil like an old Harley, and kinda stunk a little.

In my little corner of the leather world there are four of these babies.  Three that make my life a living hell, and one that gathers cobwebs in my barn.

My favorite one, is the one in the barn.  It’s also the only one made in America, but that was many, many years ago, and we don’t do that anymore.  Make sewing machines, that is.  I digress.

Holsters and belts are a large part of what I do.  I use these oil-soaked, needle-bending, unpredictable machines for the stitching on these products.  In general, the stitcher isn’t called on to do anything until all the high-stress, creative, fine work is done.  The stamping, the floral carving, the creasing, the dyeing.  In other words, when you reach the point of maximum time and money invested in an item, it’s time to sew it.  Hours, usually, have been spent getting everything as perfect as you can.  Hours…


Now it’s time to entrust your creative treasure to the beast.  You’ve cleaned it, oiled it, threaded it carefully, checked the bobbin—twice.  Checked the bobbin again, and checked the needle…again.  You’ve talked to it gently, encouragingly.  You have looked this soulless chunk of cast iron evil over for any potential problem.  Prayed, cursed that you had to go through all this preparation, then prayed some more and begged forgiveness for the earlier cursing and frustration.

But wait, there’s another step.  Scrap leather—test pieces.  Always run a few test pieces.  Never just turn the machine on and sew something.  Never.

Your test pieces will be perfect.  99.999% of the time.  Perfect.  Back and front.  Ahhh, life is good.  The miracle of the lockstitch.  Chinese engineering.  That’s why they’re called test pieces.  Because they will be perfect.  Not just damn good…PERFECT.

Now for the product—the holster, the belt, whatever.  It doesn’t matter.  Hold your breath (even if it takes 20-minutes for this stitch job).  Breathing can piss off the stitcher gods.  Set the needle, decide you don’t want the bulk of a backstitch, and touch the foot pedal.  Walk that baby, slow.  Ignore the fraying of the thread…one stitch and you can fix that at the end—just don’t…please don’t let it break.  Ahhh…son of a b—no, it’s okay.  Three stitches down, backside should be good, let go of the thread, pause a second and steal a breath to make the spots and faintness go away.  Wipe your sweaty, machine oil-drenched palms on your pants.  Try not to hyperventilate, and start again.  Don’t look ahead of your stitch line, take it slow, don’t worry about the cramp in your leg.  Focus.  Ignore the pain.  Be thankful there’s no blood—yet.

Done!  Finally!  Still conscious!  It doesn’t look that bad.  It doesn’t look that great, either.  Cut the threads—leave enough to pull them up tight.  Evaluate, critique.  Take a half-hour to get your respiration back to normal.  Turn the machine off, and give it a little pat.  Pray, giving thanks, and swearing not to cuss and throw tantrums in the future.

Take a little break.  Some time to reflect on why you bought a big leather stitcher in the first place.  Not to mention the two others your dumb ass ordered to keep the first one company.  Contemplate therapy, then convince yourself that therapy is for sissies.  You got this.

Make more stuff.  And, repeat.

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Pancakes/Belt Slides, Glocks & 1911’s.


Not a heck of a lot to write about today–or this week.  Staying busy in the shop enjoying the stifling heat and humidity of a Northwest Florida Spring.

I’ve found that if I’m short on topics, I can always slap up a picture.  So, here ya go.

This is one I’ve been building for several years.  Simple belt-slide holster in Natural veg-tan, American-Tanned, premium Hermann Oak leather.  The initial “base” finish is 100% pure Neatsfoot oil, followed by some hours in the Florida sunshine for the honey-gold color.  Vegetable-tanned leather actually does tan…much like the bikini-clad Spring Break nymphs we got rid of a month or so back.  Truth be told, most of those went home hungover and sunburned, but I like my story better.

The holster in the photo above is for the Glock 19, 23, or 32.  It’s bonded and stitched with heavy white nylon thread, the edges are hand-beveled, dyed, and wax burnished.  The belt slots are set to accommodate a 1-1/2″ wide, dual-layer (1/4″ thick) gun belt.  This one’s right-handed with a rake angle set at 15-degrees muzzle rearward.  It also rides high, and provides for a full firing grip.


This second photo is pretty much the same holster as the first, except for the 1911, and a molded site track.  There’s one of my gunbelts in there, too.  And don’t forget those sweet, Wilson Combat 47-D magazines.

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Black Cherry. First “plain” one I’ve done with no stamping or carving.


A first for me, and I was a little apprehensive up until I got it assembled.  Now I want one.  Thanks Jeff & Crystal for letting me make something new!

This one is solid Black Cherry with heavy black nylon stitching.  It’s hand-made from two layers of premium American-tanned Hermann Oak leather cut from the side, bonded and stitched, babied and nurtured through some 30-steps before it’s completed.  The edges are hand-beveled, then hand-dyed (an inch at a time!), waxed, and burnished.  The heavy solid polished brass Weaver buckle is attached with two floral engraved brass Chicago screws.  The belt keeper is hand-molded, and hand-sewn.  Factory belts have a staple or two on the keeper that corrode in short order.  The lining on this belt is left natural, and the combined thickness of the two layers is right about 1/4″.  Width on this one is 1-1/2″.

My plain gunbelts are $150.00 plus $12.95 for US Postal Service Priority Mail shipping and insurance with tracking/delivery confirmation.  6% Florida Sales Tax if it’s shipping to a Florida address.  Payment is by PayPal.  To order, contact me by e-mail to, or through the contact form below, and I’ll send you an invoice.  Delivery time (from order to ship date) is currently running about 4-weeks.

Thank you for reading.  If I forgot something, or if you have questions, don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail (or use the contact form below).


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I’m not a website design guru. But, you already knew that.


I’ve been playing with a few different “themes” for the website.  I’m not real kicked in the head with any of ’em.

It would probably help if I knew what I was doing.

There are hundreds of companies and individuals in destitute third-world countries that are willing to help me out.  I know this because they spam me constantly.

Please bear with me–I’ll figure this out, eventually.  I will.

The belt above is one of my double-layer (dual-layer) bonded and stitched natural Hermann Oak gunbelts.  It’s 1-1/2″ wide, and comes with seven holes spaced 3/4″ apart for adjustment.  I like the look of the seven holes, and the functionality of being able to “fine-tune” the fit.  The stitching is heavy nylon for years of hard use.  The keeper is hand-molded, and hand-sewn…there’s no metal staple hidden behind it to corrode down the road.  The edges are hand-beveled, hand-dyed, hand-burnished, polished and waxed.  I’ve got an unhealthy obsession with stitching and edges.  I’ll never get them perfect, but when they haul my ass away, I’ll still be seeking that perfection.  This one’s topped off with solid, heavy, polished brass hardware and two floral engraved solid brass Chicago screws.

As always…handmade in what’s left of the good ol’ USA.

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Spring. The two weeks between too cold and too hot.

Spring cleaning around here, and not many blog posts.  I decided I’d clear everything off my bench, if for no other reason but to verify there was still a bench under all the crap stuff I’d collected.


Around here, it’s cool (sometimes damn cold) through the winter months, then we get a couple weeks of perfect spring-like weather, followed by too many months of just hot and humid as hell.  I love it all.  I do prefer the heat over the cold.

Two belts on the bench this morning.  Both dual-layer/lined premium Hermann Oak leather.  Top one’s a star basket in Natural, and the bottom is a plain Black Cherry.  The lighting’s not great, but if I was a photographer I’d be working for Victoria’s Secret somewhere.

Made in the USA.  Imagine that.

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Busy’s good, but caught-up’s better.

A place for everything, and everything outta place.

I’m a couple weeks out from being “caught-up.”  I am back on schedule after falling behind a couple weeks.  I mentioned in another post that it was the result of some supply issues combined with my own piss-poor ability to gauge my production capabilities.

It’s awesome for the checkbook to be slammed with orders.  Everybody I know would love to be booked-up for weeks in advance.  Except me.

I hate it.

Don’t get me wrong–I love my customers.  It’s tough to say “no.”  I just can’t get a grip on being committed for two months or more at a time.

In a couple of weeks I’ll have all my current orders filled.  Hopefully, with happy customers–those are my favorite kind.  After that, I’m gonna take some time to build what I want.  No more advance orders.  It just doesn’t agree with me.  I’ll be adding items to the “In Stock” section of the website here and there, but I don’t see me taking any more orders.

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Still alive. Just happily busy.


I’m still kickin’, for those of you that have checked in.

It’s been a busy month so far, and I’m running a week or two behind on the week or two behind I was behind a couple weeks ago.  That’s why I hate having a backlog.

If I haven’t contacted you already, I’m about two weeks late on my estimated shipping dates.  And I apologize.  It’s partially due to some supply/hardware backorders, but it’s also partially due to my abundance of enthusiasm in over-estimating my production abilities.  I over-promised, which happens occasionally.

Again, I apologize for the delay, and for those wanting to place orders, I won’t be accepting any new ones. before the first of April.

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Hermann Oak. Since 1881. No, it’s not in China.


This is just a short post of where we get our leather.  It’s from Hermann Oak Leather in St. Louis, Missouri.  Yep…in America, the good ol’ USA.  That’s important to me since my name ultimately winds up on it, and it’s one of the few arenas where we (our government) haven’t allowed the Chinese to screw us.  The saddest part is that we’ve stood by and handed them the keys.  It’s been “consensual” as they say in the legal arena.  Usually in criminal cases.  Hermann Oak’s one of the holdouts.

Hermann Oak has been in the leather business since 1881.  By my math, that makes 2016 their 135th year.  We don’t shop around for our premium oak-tanned belt and holster leather.  It’s all 100% American, all 100% Hermann Oak.  It’s better than the import stuff, and of course, more expensive.  Quality tends to be that way.

Here’s a neat video on a legendary American company.