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“I wish I had his job. He’s living my dream.”

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Practice pieces. Carving and stamping flowers, vines and leaves.

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.


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Making changes. Working on the website.

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Good Sunday morning!  It’s the last day of what’s been a happy, busy, January.  I thought I’d get in here and make some changes to the website.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I changed domains and internet service providers last year after many years with my previous provider.  The learning curve’s been pretty steep.

When I started “making things” way back in 1986, it was bullropes for bullriders, and other assorted cowboy gear.  My primary focus was rodeo, and the bullriding event.  That transitioned into leather, and gunleather.  Orders were taken by phone, and payments were made by check or money order via the US Postal Service.

My, how things have changed.  Today, it’s PayPal via the website or electronic mail.  Questions and answers are electronically volleyed back and forth with photos and measurements. Friendships develop without ever meeting.

What hasn’t changed is the handcrafting.  The hours in the shop with the coffee pot constantly burping and recharging.  Sides of leather, spools of thread, finicky machinery, and watching the sunrise through the shop windows.

Sunrise at the shop.

 What’s not to love?

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Mahogany and black. Pretty fine color combination.

Gibson Mahogany gun belt. 1-1/2" wide, lined Hermann Oak leather. Polished brass hardware.  $125.00 plus shipping.
Gibson Mahogany gun belt. 1-1/2″ wide, lined Hermann Oak leather. Polished brass hardware. $150.00 plus shipping.
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Orders closed. That was quick.

If you were sitting on the fence, I apologize.  If you ordered, I appreciate it.  My backlog/wait-list has reached the limit that I’ve set for myself.  Any longer and I lose sleep, throw up blood, and start trying to work 24-hours a day.  Naw, it’s not really that bad.

Gibson Crosscut premium Hermann Oak two-ply gun belts. Black, and Black Cherry, 1.5″ wide with solid brass hardware. $199.00 plus shippng.  Made in the USA.

I like to be booked far enough out to circumvent poverty, but not so slammed that I can’t work on other projects.  Some would call me a lightweight.  Hell, my friends call me worse.

I’m blessed to be busy.  Thank you for all the orders.

I’d best get after it!


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Star Basket Gun Belt


This is a star basket gunbelt in the beginning stages.  This one’s going to Montana.

There are about 25-steps from start to finish.  You can destroy one at any step along the way.

I’ve screwed up my share.

If all goes to plan, this one will be black cherry, with black stitching.  It will have a natural Hermann Oak leather liner.

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Gibson Gun Belts

A few recent gunbelts.  All 1.5″ wide, dual-layer premium Hermann Oak leather tanned in America.  (Click on photo for larger view).