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  1. Wow.....LOL really you guys and gals? Lets play nice here......Maybe a little thicker skin is required all the way around? I just read through this thread and I can see JLS's point. If you are not limiting the list of guns you are willing to make holsters for, why have a list? Conversely, could you be loosing customers if they do not see their particular firearm on your list? While I believe the question may be a bit rhetorical, it is a legitimate question and worth the time to ponder. It was not an indictment against you or your business. Its just a question. The point being why not review and reconsider how\what\why you are doing what you do and maybe try a different approach so that you might grow. In other words break away from the pack and innovate your approach. This may make you a bit more unique and act as a differentiator within the context of holster making. JLS has a bunch of good usable patterns to his credit. He has taken the time to produce documentation on the process and procedures for making a holster. When contacted by me with questions, his replies have been quick and useful. If I do not see what I am looking for, I contact him and ask. This approach seems to work quite well. More importantly JLS's web design allows me to see what I am buying and is conducive to my contacting him and opening up a dialogue. This process builds\develops a business "relationship" with the vendor and thereby increases my loyalty to his brand.(Marketing 101) `If your intent\hope is to increase sales, repeat customers and referrals you may want to look at JLS's model... Just saying Kevin
  2. I'm looking for a Glock 43 blue gun to purchase or rent for a week. I opened my big mouth and now I have to make 2 holsters..... LOL If you have one and are interested in selling it or renting it out, please email me. Thanks Kevin
  3. I must agree with Bikermutt, I really like the unfinished back grounding.....sorry, but I may have to steal that idea as well. Its a unique and understated touch to a great holster.
  4. Beautiful, expertly done. Oddly what I enjoy most is the fact that the wood on the handle is not symmetrical, one side is thicker that the other. It is a fantastic touch to a custom piece.
  5. Since I live in st. paul, yes I would be interested. are we talking scraps or sides?
  6. If you are looking for a cowboy set up, the Brazos Jack Shoulder holster pattern by Simmons is excellent. You might be able to find them at Double K leather? I have made a good 1/2 dozen holsters with this pattern.
  7. Warning: Shameless plug for a MN company.. I Received my thread from Lekoza about a week or so ago. I must say that was fast service, a great price and excellent communications throughout the process. I will be spending more with him\them in the near future. Thanks for the great service Lekoza!
  8. Just ordered a couple of spools of Lin Cable Au Chinois thread can't wait to get them!! Good price and free shipping ....... Cool
  9. I think it is awesome that we have another source for hard to get items. I live in St. Paul, MN and all we have is Tandy. Which is OK\Good, but this will give Minnesotans easier access to higher end products. Welcome and good luck on you venture!! March 15th huh ? let me see what I can put together for an order...
  10. kwelna

    Marble Slab

    If you dont mind a bit of dumpter diving, drive by a granite counter top business and check out their throwaways(sp?). I usually go in and offer to buy pieces in most cases, for $10 - $20 you can take as much as you like....and for a few bucks more, they will cut off the bad parts. I then usualy return and give the owner\manager a wallet\money clip etc as a thankyou.
  11. I just found this forum\topic and I would like to join in starting next month. This is a great idea.
  12. Welcome Ben I'm a MN guy as well.
  13. Your wallets look great, switch from a chisel to a pricking iron and then complete the hole with an awl. I think you again will see a bit of improvement in the looks\alignment of the stitching.
  14. Agreed, the ones with a spring (P- 2326) are no better than Tandys which is the same as all the others. The other ones (P1090) are that are not spring loaded are useless FYI. I miight try the (P- 1127) as teh spring looks to be encased in a tube, so it might keep its tesnion a bit longer, assuming part of my problem is dirt etc. getting in between the coils of the spring.......
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