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. Where does Tandy’s leather come from?

    That's 8-9oz HO "holster" leather. I can get 24-27 sq. feet of very good sides. I think it's $10.20/ft. Given that I can sort it, makes it even better. I figure about 25-30 holsters from that, but I never just do holsters on it, and they're never the smaller simpler holsters, but that gives you an idea. It is about twice the import double shoulders I could get at Tandy, but I might go through a whole stack and not find a piece I wanted, and forget about a well-split back side most of the time.
  2. Where does Tandy’s leather come from?

    I started out at Tandy, like so many. I got everything there, including leather. I liked that I could sort through the double shoulders and USUALLY find a decent piece, but not always in a stack of about 30. I now go to Weaver. Key words being "GO TO". Mt Hope is about a 45 minute drive (about the same as my closest Tandy) and I can sort through Hermann Oaks, for about $250-300/side. Much better quality, MUCH better yield. I still go to Tandy for some cement, suede (I do use their pigskin suede for lining) or an odd tool, but not much else. Tandy is ALL import leather, which usually translates to poor quality, in the long run.
  3. Saving Patterns

    My oldest son and I just went through and inventoried my holster patterns. 72 of them! As I was putting them in an easy to find format, it occurred to me that I have a couple weeks worth of work in to just making the patterns. It scared me a little to think of what it would mean if those manila folders ever got damaged or destroyed. They are made of manila folders and stored in the same. Do any of you have a backup for your patterns, and if so, how? Some are too large to scan on my home printer and I don't know if copying them would throw the scale off. Any suggestions?
  4. When it all works out ...

    Oh yeah, I wouldn't put a working gun in a press. In fact, I've got a few jobs because another holster maker wouldn't use a press and didn't use a vacuum. I leave the texture on the back, I actually kind of like it.
  5. When it all works out ...

    Right now I'm using a vacuum sealer to do the rough molding. It works OK but makes for a lot of cleanup from the wrinkles it puts in. I'm wanting to move up to a shop press and high-density rubber soon. I recently have been able to use HO leather, exclusively. Weaver Leather is about a 45 minute drive, and I can go there and hand select my sides, which is really nice. I was using Tandy imports prior to that, but now that I'm working for strangers, more and more, the better leather is a must. Thanks, by the way.
  6. When it all works out ...

    Not to brag, because it is about 40% sheer luck, but when a customer asked for a closed end on a 1911, I was a little daunted. I'm glad to say it only took two sketch holsters to get this just right.
  7. Show your Shop

    Sioux, I think they have rules about posting porn on this site....
  8. Cylinder Arm vs Flat bed

    When I bought my 3200 in 2015, I talked to Cowboy Bob on the phone and asked if he had a USED leather sewing machine. He immediately said "no". I thought it was odd that he could, off the top of his head, say he didn't, when they stock thousands of machines. He told me he gets 3-4 calls a week for just such a critter, and used machines often compare in price to new machines (which they do!). He suggested and I went with a new machine. He's great to deal with and threw in a couple pounds of thread as well. He is a wealth of knowledge, which is probably why he's the guy to talk to if you are west of the MIssissippi.
  9. Chocolate for the Holidays

    I got a lot of orders for chocolate finish at the last show. It kind of gets you in a groove (or a rut, I'm not sure). Apparently, I'm BIG on pics ...
  10. Show your Shop

    Two years in and I'm still adding. Stuff ... not space. Working area is about 6'x8', if i'm lucky. By the way, that's not clutter, that's everything in a constant state of flux!
  11. Seaing Live Guns

    I'm sure this has been asked, I just can't find it. Is there a better way to seal live(NOT loaded) guns when wet-molding holsters? I use packing cling wrap, which works OK, but I end up spending more time cleaning, drying and oiling guns than I do working leather. The cling wrap does about a 90% job of it most times. I'm just wondering if there is a miracle method out there to keep live guns dry during wet molding. Also, I vacuum mold the holsters for the rough mold ... if that makes a difference. A shop press in in the near future! Thanks!
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.