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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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Happy New Year! And all the best for an amazing 2017.

Leather tools and hammers from Jeremiah Watt out in California
Photo recycling. My hammer collection from Jeremiah Watt. www.JeremiahWatt.com

Just a quick little blog post to wish you and yours a Happy New Year, and the best of everything for 2017.

Also, a heartfelt “thank you!” to all of our customers and friends for making 2016 awesome!

Bruce

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Rockmount. Jack Weil. And another Glock holster seeking a home. (G3)

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.

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Gibson outside the waistband (OWB), Natural Oil, Hermann Oak Premium American Leather Holster. Handmade in the USA.

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).

Satisfaction Guaranteed.

 

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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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Gibson Gun Belt Star Basket BK and TLF. 1.5″ wide in Natural oil finish with border.

This is one of the most popular of the many hand carved, and hand stamped belt designs we produce around here.  This one is the Star Basket BK in a 1-1/2″ width.  It’s hand cut from a side of premium, American tanned Hermann Oak leather.  Each star basket is hand-stamped, one at a time, the entire length of the belt.  Each tiny half flower making up the border is hand-stamped.  That includes the hand-sewn leather keeper.  Nothing is ever embossed.  (Embossing is used in mass-produced factory products where the design is rolled or pressed into the leather with a machine).

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The stamping process. By hand, one at a time. “Old school,” and time consuming. That’s what makes it so cool.

The buckle is solid, polished brass.  This one has two floral engraved brass Chicago screws attaching the buckle.

All edges are hand-finished, hand-waxed, and hand-burnished for visual appeal and to minimize the effects of exposure to the environment.

All of my belts have seven (7) adjustment holes spaced 3/4″ apart.  This is both visually appealing, and functional.  The heavy nylon stitching is recessed into a stitch groove to minimize exposure and wear.

Every belt is finished with 100% pure Neatsfoot oil.  Unlike an imported factory, or department store belt, these take a minimum of three (3) days to produce.

And, yes.  I baby ’em every step of the way.

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Gibson Star Basket BK with border. Two-ply, hand-stamped American-tanned, Hermann Oak leather, natural oil finish, with heavy white nylon stitching and polished brass hardware. Made in USA.
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Workin’ on it.

GIBSON GLOCK 19 23 32 NATURAL SAN CARLOS BORDER

As most of you know, I changed domains and web providers several months ago.  A bunch of you have made inquiries about product availability, pricing, accepting orders, etc.

I’m workin’ on it.

I am not accepting any more advance orders. accepting a very limited number of advance orders.  That’s not intended to be coy–it’s simply to minimize my backlog.  I’ve got a few things in-stock that I’ll be adding in the near future.  If you see something you’re interested in, feel free to send me an e-mail to BruceGibson@aol.com.

There’s a bunch to catch up on.  The fun part’s making it…writing about it?  Not so much.

Thank you for your patience.

 

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In “awl” seriousness…this is the best DVD on hand-sewing I’ve ever seen.

I’m a huge fan of hand-sewing leather.  Tapered, beeswaxed linen thread.  Polished, razor sharp awl blades.  Band-Aids, taped fingers.  I love everything about it.  Not to mention the strength and beauty of the stitching when it’s done right.

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This DVD covers everything–from tapering linen thread, to the proper threading of the needles.  Sharpening, polishing and “tuning” of your awl blades, and the actual sewing itself.  The headstall project’s a handy real world example of what’s possible.  Highly recommended.  75 minutes in length, and packed full of information.

Awl hafts and blades from Barry King Tools.  You can order the DVD from TJ at Schwarz Productions.com

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Quality time in the shop with my Kimber Raptor. We’re back to accepting a few orders, too.

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As most of you know I’d stopped accepting advance orders over a year ago.  I wanted to work on some new ideas, and new gear in areas that included gunleather, but also incorporated my other interests…specifically, cowboy and rodeo gear, which is where we started this whole deal way back in 1986.

This web domain is new, and all this technology is new–to me.  I’m still figuring it out when I’m not doing the part I love, which is the bench-time part.  We’ll get the shopping cart up and running…it just takes a while.

I’m getting a pile of inquiries on ordering, pricing, and availability.  I’m workin’ on that.  Gunbelt pricing is simple…plain, dual-layer gunbelts start at $150.00, and the crosscut and basket stamp are $199.00.  The holsters I’m building are all outside-the-waistband (OWB) for a very limited gun list.  My focus is on 1911’s in 4″, 4.25″, and 5″ barrels.  They start at $125.00.

Let me know if you have something in mind.  If I don’t make it, I’ll likely know someone who does.

 

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Clean & Cluttered.

Leather requires that you keep it clean.  Avoid slopping stuff.  Wash your hands–a lot.  Keep your tools sharp.  Plan ahead…take your time.  As a result, you spend a lot of time sharpening stuff, sketching, doodling, washing your hands, cutting, stamping, more sharpening.  I’ve pretty much mastered the “clean.”

That brings me to the “clutter.”  My bench is always one mini-brainstorm away from disaster.  Clutter destroys efficiency.  I know all the rules, I just find it necessary to break ’em regularly to remind myself why we have them.

It’s a beautiful Thursday morning.  I’m looking forward to hitting the bench.  But first, the bench gets to hit me.

CLUTTERED BENCH--JAN 14 2016

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Tools of the trade…

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A cool hammer collection from Jeremiah Watt over at www.JeremiahWatt.com.

Pretty is, as pretty does.