Nice, calm weekend here on the Redneck Riviera. Tourists can be annoying, irritating, and many times just plain dangerous.
Typically, they ride around in cars and trucks, barefeet propped up on the dash, camera-phone gripped in one or both hands, lost to the real world. There’s a comfort in knowing what to look for, and avoid.
Well, yesterday a couple of them tried a new approach. They fell semi-controlled right outta the sky.
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 BruceGibson@aol.com, 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).
An old friend of mine said that to my wife a few years ago. He was a lawyer, and had been for many years. He passed away a while back, far too young, and I was just thinking about him, and what he’d said to her about this “job” of mine.
I love what I do. Most of the time. I suppose most folks that have chased a dream, do. I worked in the legal field for many years, but for me, it was like trying to nail Jello to a tree. Constant stress, and no sense of worthy accomplishment. Even good outcomes were intangible, and rarely, if ever, good for both sides. I don’t miss it.
With this gig, it’s different. It’s not all wonder and awe–it has its moments. But, even when it’s bad, it’s awful damn good.
You’re supposed to keep yourself limited in topic–keep it simple. Don’t be confusing. “Those are the rules.” Well, I think most folks are smarter than that.
We’ve got another in-stock holster for sale, and I was thinking about the late founder of Denver, Colorado-based Rockmount Ranch Wear, Jack Weil. Jack passed away back in 2008 at the age of 107. We never met, but I think Jack was a cool ol’ dude.
In this interview he talks about Denver “way back when.” He also touches on New Englanders…”You could always tell a New Englander…you just couldn’t tell ’em a goddamn thing.” I recall an interview where a reporter asked him about his legacy. The reporter asked, “How would you like to be remembered?” Jack’s response was, “I don’t give a damn.” They don’t make ’em like that anymore.
Anyway, back to clearing out our in-stock holster collection. All handmade, with insane attention to detail.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been going through all the in-stock holsters I have around here, and I’ll be putting them up as time permits. This one’s a right-hand, belt-slide or pancake for the Glock 19, 23 or 32. Belt slots are designed for a 1-1/2″ wide, dual-layer (doubled) gunbelt. This one rides nice and high, with a 15-degree muzzle-rear rake. Natural oil, premium American-tanned Hermann Oak leather, and heavy white nylon stitching. Maker stamped on the face. As always, the Glock in the photo’s not included.
The holster in the photo above is the one you will receive. Any questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail to BruceGibson@aol.com .
In the event of mutual purchasers, the first one gets it. All others will be immediately refunded.
$100.00 via the PayPal “Buy Now” button below. Shipping included via USPS Priority Mail to all 50 states. *If you’re in Florida we have to add $6.00 for the required sales tax contribution to the State. (Florida buyers I’ll send a PayPal invoice for $6.00 to cover sales tax).
I suppose I should confess my guilt. Not only do I spend the majority of my time making stuff, I also spend a huge number of hours watching other people make stuff. I’ve always been fascinated with useful products painstakingly created by hand, one at a time.
Watching widgets banged out by the thousands using machinery never held much appeal.
In my little world, my canvas is most often leather. But, many times it’s a camera, a Wacom tablet and stylus, software and other “techie” stuff. However, with the abundance of learning material available on YouTube, via Google, millions of assorted videos and images, websites, etc., there’s never a shortage of things to learn. More often, it’s a shortage of time.
A couple weeks ago I read the book “Steal Like An Artist,” by a guy named Austin Kleon. It’s a pretty funny book, but it also rings with truth. I was compelled to subscribe to his newsletter, and that weekly e-mail triggered whatever brain cells came up with the idea for this post. I didn’t actually steal anything. (The photo below is a screenshot).
Personally, I like to think I don’t copy anybody, or God forbid–steal. But, I learn from everybody. Just a few of my influences would be California saddlemaker Jeremiah Watt, Idaho artist and saddlemaker Cary Schwarz, Colorado saddlemaker and leather master Jesse W. Smith, Dusty Johnson, and easily a thousand others. If you can find them on the Leatherworker.net Forum, they’re an influence for me.
Just in the gunleather genre I’d have to mention Matt Del Fatti up in Northern Wisconsin, Milt Sparks Holsters in Boise, Idaho, and Tucker Gunleather over in Houston, Texas. That’s just three, but be assured I’ve forgotten to list a hundred others.
Here’s an article by Casey Lesser I read this morning on Artsy.net.
Here’s some links to the folks mentioned earlier if you’d like to go over and take a look. All artists in their own right, and influential on me and many, many others. If leather is something you’re interested in looking into, and trying your hand with, there is no better resource than LeatherWorker.net .