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 .
Wordsmith. Word-smith. Defined, it’s “a skilled user of words.”
I just think it has a really cool ring to it. Wordsmith.
There’s a visual it brings to mind–that of a pair of hands, working at something. Molding, shaping, carving. Chips of wood landing on the ground, or the floor. Sparks flying from the hammer of a blacksmith. The ringing of hammer on anvil.
For me, it’s cool to make stuff. To take raw materials in hand, and visualize a finished product. In my case, it’s often a side of leather produced by other hands from a cow, steer, or bull. To cut it, shape it, glue it, form, mold (mould), sew and finish. In my world, leather is the canvas. Every piece is different. I kinda love that.
I look at words the same way. God knows there’s an overwhelming assortment to choose from.
Leather, words, and guns. I get to play with all three. Words are the trickiest–the least predictable. I’m careful with all three, but pay particular attention to the words. Guns are simple, not unlike hammers, screwdrivers, or any other tool. Leather presents its challenges, but most of the time it yields to my will. Words? Not so much.
I’ll keep playing with words. With leather. With guns. It’s what I do. What I’m about.
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.
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 BruceGibson@aol.com . $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 (BruceGibson@aol.com) 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.
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