Perfect day in this part of the country. Nice and quiet, just the way I like it. Working on a simple little project for an old friend over in Arizona that needed some latigo string for some saddle and chap repair. Don’t get me wrong–challenging and complicated is always welcome, but simple is a nice change of pace.
It’s a nice break from just doing gunleather. Mix things up a little, so to speak. I do have a bunch of holsters I’ll be working on this week. If you’re in the market, or just curious, feel free to stop back by–I’ll have pictures of the process as they progress. As long as I don’t forget to drag out the camera.
It’s a little long, but this is an excellent video done by Hank Strange in Sam Andrews shop down in Alachua, Florida. This one takes you step-by-step through Sam’s process of making a belt slide, or “pancake” holster for a Glock 19. Sam recently moved his shop from Alachua to St. Augustine, Florida.
Sam’s process is a little different than mine, but similar in many ways. He’s been at it for some 40-years, and he stays booked with an extended backlog. As a Maker, I love watching other Maker’s processes. I always learn something, and this video is no exception. One thing I learned from this one is that Sam Andrews seems to be a heck of a nice guy.
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.