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    Leather, restoring Cavalry Antiques, horses, shooting

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  1. Wow nicely done..... really clean and thought out..... Hadn't thought of thumb breaks on that type of holster but can see advantages for a using holster
  2. with an hour glass shaped stamp, can,t remember the name yes it is a set that Tandy sells with three size stamps..... the key is to really rotate the stamp as you use it in your fingers
  3. thanks for the comments.... it took awhile to do and was mostly off the cuff.... Had an idea but as I would get one part done the ideas changed. I am trying to come up with one now for the 1911 and some original pieces form the 1800's for the cowboy, cavalry, and civil war Thanks Bobby
  4. Here is one I have had on my mind and finally got the nerve to try it.....Do you show it as art or using piece?
  5. seiko CH8b manual

    Thanks this will help some.. Bobby
  6. Does anyone have link to a Seiko CH8b manual.... I have misplaced mine and need one Thanks Bobby
  7. First Gun Show

    I have been doing gun shows for over 20 years...... The items that you will sell cost more to produce so they will sell for higher prices. To get the higher prices and to find the customers that want leather...... you have to have shows that draw larger numbers of customers. Most small shows under 500 tables will not draw the needed customers to find the ones will pay the price and will custom order.... Know your product and the other products that are being sold..... Be able to explain and talk about all the pros and cons of Kydex, nylon and leather.... Know whats at the show, if someone comes up and wants a holster but doesn't want to or can not afford to pay your price, don't undercut your self to make a sale...... know who at the show can fill his needs and send them to that vendor. It shows the customer that you are truly willing to help him even at the expense of losing a sale..... customer service. Most leather holster makers can not compete with the cheap leather, kydex and nylon concealment holsters. Most customers are cheap and live in a throw away world..... They really do not want quality and something that lasts for generations. I make holsters that will last that long so I market to those customers.... the collectors. I tell people if you have a gun that you are going to keep and someday hand down you your kids or grand kids then one of my holsters is the trick otherwise go see this vendor or that one as they make great holsters. Work with the kydex and nylon holster makers as there are a great number of old revolvers and guns that they do not make holsters for. Sending them a little business will result in business coming your way... Have on hand a few really high end products that can show your quality of workman ship and that will wow the customers. They will not sell that often but will draw in customers. I have some people who I have built great friendships as they stop by the booth every show to drool over the high end items. They have never bought anything but have sent friends and family to buy from me. A few high end products shows that you are serious about your trade and that you can provide quality items. Find an area that is lacking.... In the northwest everyone is making concealment holsters.... they are a dime a dozen and vendors are stepping over them selves. What was lacking was holsters for the old revolvers, cowboy guns, the guy going to the range and out for day hikes. I dropped all the concealment except high end tooled holsters and refined my patterns and quality of production on these..... I came up with a few designs such as the M7 Tankers chest rig that no one else makes here..... I really got to know the products and used them so that I fully know the pros and cons...... I question my customers as to what they are doing with the gun and try to help them make an educated choice as to what they need to buy..... If I don't have the product or don't want to fill the order then I help them find a vendor that can help them. Types of shows can make a big difference in making money and not. As I said earlier the size makes a big difference..... so does the frequency of the show. I am just as bad as everyone else in this regard. A gun show that happens every month, that is always there can put people off on an order. Well I just can't afford it this month so I will get it next month, next month comes and well i better wait until next month. It keeps getting put off but with the best intentions. I do some of these shows but only 3 or 4 times a year. I like and do better at the shows that they only have two or three a year. I don't do summer shows as the number of customers drop dramatically and the customer base is not there. I have figured out that for the first year going to shows is not a real money maker..... Gun shows have a real distinction of vendors coming and going.... here today and gone tomorrow. If you buy something from a big name manufacture from a vendor and have a problem then you know who to go to. Custom leather does not have this luxury.... people want to know you are going to be a staple and there if they need you..... I have had people coming buy the booth and talking for over a year before they opened up they pocket books.... many of those pocket books are very deep. This is just a few ramblings of an old man and there are may out there that will disagree with me and are much more knowledgeable than I am..... Leather work is not something that will make you rich in money but can be very rewarding in those friends that you make, in seeing the enjoyment that people get from your product. I strive for every one sale that I make it will return to me 4 to 5 sales in the years to come from friends and family of the customer. I really can get overly winded..... Bobby
  8. Please send a catalog to thanks
  9. Saw a pattern hanging on the rack at Oregon Leather Eugene Oregon done by Brazos Jack wild west series, Callahan shoulder holster Bobby
  10. "It's not necessary to actually cut slots to make the loops. I made a cardboard mockup and tried it with just cuts, not slots, and it works fine." The problem with the cuts is that it works until the holster is hung up on something. The sharp cuts will then tear straight across the skirt from where the cut stops. The slots are rounded where they stop and add extra strength to this area. Learn this first hand from building horse tack. Bobby
  11. Yes It goes all the way down the back.... I will see if I have any pictures...... The holster when you put it together has to be sloppy wet to make it work and have to be real careful with the tooling..... I don't insert any guns into the holster until after it is inserted into the slots on the skirt. I then use a vacuum bag to mold the holster so as not to distort the tooling......this also allows the slots to shrink up around the gun so the holster fits tight and won't move when drawing the gun.....removes the need for a leg tie...... Bobby
  12. cut the base then glue on the liner...... cut the slots in the skirt.....bevel all the edges of the slots and burnish them.....then i sew the liner..... finish the holster and sew it.... not sure what you met by ending the liner..... Thanks Bobby