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.
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).
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 .
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 BruceGibson@aol.com, or message me through the website. If you have an idea for something different, we can talk about that, too.
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 BruceGibson@aol.com, 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).
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.
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.
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.