Brooks125

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About Brooks125

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  • Birthday 05/21/1968

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    NE Ohio

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Holsters and Gunleather

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  1. Distressed Holster - & story

    OK, I've thought about it and figure, with everyone here being pretty generous with advice, here goes. It took me about 6 tries using scrap holsters that I tossed, before putting dye on the finished piece. Daubers don't work, cotton rags don't work, rubber gloves don't work. The holster is finished in straight neatsfoot oil. Then I took a patch of suede and dipped a fingertip in a darker dye. WAIT FOR IT TO FLASH, and then I rubbed it on the high spots, behind the belt slot, etc. The low spots like the ejection port and boning lines were untouched, just like you want. It goes on just slow enough to look burnished, but fast enough to see what you're doing. I felt like I had split an atom at that point ... it was my Eureka moment. Thanks for asking!
  2. Very Nice. The rough-out looks great!
  3. Barge Cement

    Is there a method (which I'm sure there is) to NOT get Barge cement on your fingertips when lining up belt edges? I hope I'm not divulging my naivete', but this is getting old. It's to the point that I wait to get a batch of belt orders so I don't have to spend EVERY day picking at Barge boogers off my hands.
  4. Barge Cement

    Is there a method (which I'm sure there is) to NOT get Barge cement on your fingertips when lining up belt edges? I hope I'm not divulging my naivete', but this is getting old. It's tot he point that I wait to get a batch of belt orders so I don't have to spend EVERY day picking at Barge boogers off my hands.
  5. Odd size Brass Belt Keepers/Loops

    They were ordered with brass keepers. I could call but would rather find the keepers.
  6. Odd size Brass Belt Keepers/Loops

    I just wrapped up a gun show and had two people ask me, independently, for 1.75" belts. I agreed, thinking the larger brass keepers would be easy to find ... somewhere. I was wrong. Any idea where I can get larger brass belt keepers/loops? I could force the belts into the 1.5" keepers, but don't really want to. Something under $2 each would be nice too!
  7. Distressed Holster - & story

    Thanks, this may have been one of the most fun holsters to make. You're not the first to ask that question ... I'm sure just yet. Stay tuned.
  8. Distressed Holster - & story

    At the last show, a customer asked me for a particular holster, but wanted it to look like he'd nearly worn it out. When I finish a holster, it's snug, but wearable, certainly from the gun-fit end, but very snug on the loops and slots. He came to pick up the holster, said how great it looked, and then proceeded to bend it in half in every direction, pull it out at the mouth and muzzle and twist it. Hey, he paid for it and can do whatever he wants, but I imagine it was kind of like watching your kid go through boot camp. The photo here shows a new, pristine holster with my "aged burnishing".
  9. First Gun Show

    Thanks, everyone (I've been off for a while). I'm in the middle of my second show this weekend. I bring belts and about 8-10 holsters. The holsters stop them and I've made several sales, but the belts have been popular, I think as a "gateway". Yep, a lot of "I'll call". One did and bought 3 holsters, including the scrap holster I was going to throw in the sketch box (beats me...). The sales advice helps. Some I knew already, other suggestions help to reinforce the mindset. This show is VERY gun oriented, to the point the promoter threw out a couple guys shining shoes. I generally have paid for the table within the first hour or so. It seems like a long process, but it's getting me in front of people other than family and friends. Thanks again, I'll keep you posted.
  10. Here's a few of my latest. The screws on the first have since been replaced with one-way snaps. First gun show in a couple months!
  11. First Gun Show

    I am 2+ years into my holster and gun leather business/hobby. I seem to be running into the NFL stage (No Friends Left) and need to start selling to "strangers".. I will be setting up at my first gun show in a couple months. I plan on taking orders, mostly, but plan to have an assortment of holsters for example work. I will be offering holsters, mag pouches, belts and slings. Any ideas on how best to approach a show setting? What pitfalls should I be aware of? This is a pretty good show, overall, in that they don't allow non-gun/knife/military vendors in the show. It's a pretty knowledgeable and driven group that comes in. Thanks for the feedback!
  12. Getting started

    Some of the holsters and other work I've done as I get going.
  13. Bottom Stitch Tension On A Cb3200

    Thanks guys, that seems to have fixed the problem. I knew it had to be something simple, but I hate to start cranking adjustments in hopes that it will fix whatever problem. Thanks again
  14. I'm having trouble on some of my thicker pieces with the bottom stitches not pulling up through the material, leaving "loops" of thread on the bottom stitch. I'm sure it's a tension problem, but don't know where to make my adjustment. 99% of the time, everything looks great, until I get to the thickness limits of the machine or when I'm making a tight corner. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  15. Reinforced Top Straps For Iwb Holsters

    Thanks everyone. I may be overdoing it. I'll steer clear of the banding for sure. I did grab some rawhide and did a test piece, which seems to be rock solid, and may keep that on the back burner if the leather-only method seems weak. Keep in mind, I and most of the guys I've been making pieces for are on the "solid" side, and we kind of test the limits of functionality for IWBs. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again.