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If we make it through December…

I love brand-new months and December is my favorite of the twelve.

For me, a new month is a new opportunity, like a new page in my sketchbook, a clean start, or a new blog post.  This isn’t a great blog post–not even good–but if you spend any time around here, you know not to expect those.  Things around here are in their normal state of crazy, leather-related making of the coolest products I can come up with, goofing off with customers by email, and burning up pencil lead drawing and sketching on whatever’s lying around.

I was born in the early 60’s in Southern California.  Before California evolved into whatever the hell it is now.  Growing up, my memories are of beautiful country, farmland, Vietnam, Walter Cronkite, the awesome Pacific Ocean, Charley Pride, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

December always conjures this classic from a guy I consider an American treasure.  The late Merle Haggard.  Happy December–I hope it’s your best ever.

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Sharp stuff, and flowers on leather.

Leather Wranglers ROUND KNIFE black knives cherry handle leather tool blade Sheridan floral flower carving stamping Gibson Bruce Gibson Design

Beautiful Friday mornin’ here on the Redneck Riviera.  Thought I’d put up a photo of one of my favorite leather tools.  This is a round knife made by Paul Zalesak out in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I can’t say enough good things about it.  Handmade by a blade artisan, and a razor out of the box.  Heck, it still is.  It requires very little on my part to keep an amazing edge–I strop it occasionally, and that’s about it.  Hell, that IS it–I haven’t done anything in the 2 or 3 years I’ve had it except strop it.  And, I use it every day.

Take a look at their website.  Mighty fine folks to do business with.

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The Bull Rider. Featuring Gary Leffew.

Gary Leffew. All-around cool guy. 1970 World Champion Bull Rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Back in 1970 it was the RCA…the “Rodeo Cowboys Association.”

Neat little 8-minute docu-video I stumbled across and thought I’d share.

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Busy week. Blessed with a healthy to-do list.


Happily busy.  Two words I’ve found that tend to go together.  A complimentary combination.

The holster above being modeled by one of my Kimber 1911’s is a right-hand, high-ridin’, 15-degree muzzle-rear belt slide in Natural, premium, Hermann Oak leather.  It’s got a molded-in site track, and flared stitching at the muzzle to eliminate any front site hang-up issues.  It’s hand-detailed for excellent retention, and what I hope are decent looks.  Belt slots are set for a dual-layer 1.5″ wide gunbelt.  These are built to accommodate a 4″, 4.25″ or 5″ 1911.  With a 5″ barrel you’ll have about 3/4″ of muzzle exposed–like the photo above.  I’ve built a bunch of these this week, so if you want one, shoot me a message, or an e-mail to .  $125.00 plus $9.95 USPS Priority Mail Shipping with Delivery Confirmation.  These are in-stock and ready to ship.  If my stock levels get low, I’ll update, but for now, I have a bunch of ’em.


This one’s carrying a stainless Kimber Pro Raptor II with a 4-inch barrel.  It’s a tad-bit smaller than the first one at the top, but it will accept a barrel length of 4″, 4.25″ or 5″.  15-degree rake, right-hand OWB belt slide.  Always premium Hermann Oak leather.  This one’s Natural Oil, and it’s had some exposure to Florida sunshine.  It’s got a head-start on the “patina” everybody’s talking about nowadays.  Stitching is heavy white nylon, and all edges are hand beveled, polished, waxed and burnished.  Painstakingly (and sometimes painfully) hand-moulded and detailed for awesome retention.  This little guy is $125.00, plus $9.95 USPS Priority Mail shipping with Delivery Confirmation.  I’ve got several of these in-stock and ready to roll outta here–if that changes, of course I’ll update the blog here.

If you want one of either, or both, shoot me an e-mail ( and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice.  Shipments to Florida get tagged with another 6% for Sales Tax–I’ll go ahead and apologize to my fellow Floridians in advance.

Thanks for the look!  Here’s a couple more pics.

Holster above with a 5" barrel Kimber Raptor 1911
Holster above with a 5″ barrel Kimber Raptor 1911
Kimber Pro Raptor II stainless with a 4" barrel
Kimber Pro Raptor II stainless with a 4″ barrel


Close-up view of the first holster in this post.
Close-up view of the first holster in this post.

Comments, questions and inquiries are always welcome.  Contact me by e-mail to, or feel free to use the comment form, or the handy little contact box below.

You’re also welcome to share my photos and blog posts to your social media, etc.  I’d be much obliged if you do!


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Lightning, AT&T and we’re back to accepting orders.


We’re accepting orders again!

Happy to see June in my rearview mirror.  Thunderstorms, lightning, power outages and getting to know just about everybody on the AT&T repair crew.  Smoked/fried telephone lines nuked my phone and DSL internet access, so it’s been like a flashback to the 80’s around here.  Network TV and silence almost became a habit.

It’s all fixed now, and truth be told, I kinda missed it.

I did get mostly caught-up on orders though, so there’s the silver lining.

If you see something around here that you like, shoot me an e-mail to, or message me through the website.  If you have an idea for something different, we can talk about that, too.

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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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Beautiful Friday morning here on the Redneck Riviera.

Tourist development hates the “Redneck Riviera” handle, but if the boot fits, right?  Enjoying the Winter calm before the late February onslaught of projectile vomiting, booze-addled, drug-fueled Spring Breakers.  It’s a gorgeous 60-degrees out there.  I believe I’ll take a break from “in-here,” and get “out-there.”

We’ve had some major rule changes in Bay County for Spring Break 2016.  Good for those of us that live here year-round, not so good for college students looking to wreak havoc during their week off in paradise.  The old adage, “Come on vacation, leave on probation” is in full force this year.

Sugar white sands of Panama City Beach
Pre-Spring Break cleanup. 141 arrested. Click the photo for the story.