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.
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 .
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.