Wallets? I thought you made holsters?

Well some guys I’m sure have noticed I released a wallet and wondered what that has to do with holsters that I typically design. While it may seem out of left field there is actually a tie in reason I originally developed the wallet, and why I released it now.

Going back in time around 2006-2008 I started having some back troubles around the time Sarah and I started traveling around the country. Could have been all the desk work over the years, or driving. None the less I needed a small wallet I could move to my front pocket. At the time I didn’t do leather work, I used a binder clip around my credit card and cash and tossed it in my front pocket. This worked but it was clunky.

Fast forward a few years and I had started making holsters in around 2010 I started working on my pocket holster designs. Well I now had a dilemma I had moved my wallet to my pocket, which now daily held a gun. Moving the binder clip “wallet” to the rear pocket turned out to be pretty uncomfortable. So I started trying to figure out a slim wallet that would work in the rear pocket and not hurt my back while not interfering with my typical Texas holster I was carrying at the time. I made the first prototype which worked but relied on a kydex latch of sorts, that slid out of the way as you opened it. It was clever, but a little difficult and fiddly. Despite this a few people over the years saw my unique wallet and wanted one of their own. So there are some of that design floating around in use. But I never did put it up for sale on my site.

Fast forward again;) 2016 I bought a laser cutter/engraver. Initially the plan was just engraving logo’s and artwork onto holsters. But it’s turned into a much more useful tool in the shop. I’ve laser cut some difficult patterns etc, but also engraved badge numbers and badge logos for law enforcement onto their holsters. So I got thinking about small things I could cut more accurately on the laser than by hand. So I started working on a new design for a wallet trying to eliminate the need for the kydex latch and make it 100% leather. This sounds simple, and the result is simple while it still has a few tricks up it’s sleeve. I made a couple different versions and ran them for a while. They were alright and solved the latch problem but had problems of their own. After several versions I came up with this one that I’m building and selling now.

I should mention the size and thickness was always the focus, this is not a wallet for carrying everything with you. It’s designed to carry up to around 6 credit cards, and a small amount of cash that’s it. So if you are like myself, and carry a credit card, debit, concealed carry license, and a few other things along with a couple twenties etc in your wallet this works very well. I designed the original wallet to be almost exactly the size of a folded in half dollar bill. This new wallet is that plus around an 1/8in. on two sides to account for the lack of the latch, and allow the stitching around the edge.

So this new wallet still lets me carrying in my rear pocket the stuff I need, leaving my front pockets open for guns/ammo or cell phone and knife etc. More than anything it just puts a wallet in my rear pocket that just works and doesn’t get in my way or become uncomfortable while still being made of good hermann oak leather(or kangaroo in the case of some of these initial rigs).

So that’s the story of how a holster maker decided to sell a wallet;) I likely will do other things like this as well over the years. Mostly if I find a niche that I need something, and either don’t like the options available or can’t find what I want myself. I just start building what I want, and I figure if I want it and can’t find someone selling it very likely there are other guys that do as well. If I can solve the design and compatibility issues with it, eventually I’ll release my headlamp I’ve been using for nearly seven years as well;) Just like the wallet, there are some out there in the wild since if you see me in person it’s very likely you’ve seen my head light that is attached to the brim of my ballcap I wear all the time.

If you’d like to buy one for yourself I’ve got some in stock here: http://adamsholsters.com/store/FRONTSIDE-WALLET

Take care!

Luke

Interesting color combinations

Well there are times when I get requests for certain color combinations that I’m honestly not sure how they will turn out. This set was one of those situations. I had a request for green ostrich leg, and while I have green ostrich leg on hand I’d never had much call for it;)

None the less I decided I’d give it a try, and I was left to my own devices on the rest of the color scheme. Well I decided the green would go really well on a natural holster as well as the tan of the gator. Once I went through laying out the colors all that was left was building this rig. I had the apprehension I mentioned in an earlier post about natural holsters. Since of course they are difficult to get right, and easy to make a mistake with. If you haven’t read it scroll down the page and take a look it’s an interesting look at an issue holster makers and other leather workers deal with that some people may not realize.

None the less after much cleaning and insuring the shop was ready to do a natural holster(I don’t do very many, especially not in combination with exotics). I went to work and it took a fair amount of time but I think the end results are worth the effort. I really like the way the green stands out on the holster, while still having a bit of the classic looks of the natural and tan gator.

So overall I would call this experiment a success, but I do hope it’s a while from now when I need to repeat it;) I should also mention not all combinations like this are a success at least from my point of view. Though people have different tastes, and just because it doesn’t light my fire doesn’t mean that it doesn’t light yours. That said though if it’s a color combination I just don’t think will look good or I can’t get the hide in a particular tone don’t be surprised if I tell you it’s not something I’m willing to take on. At the end of the day I’m of the opinion that I’ve gotta be happy with the rigs I’m building, and if that makes you happy as well that’s really what I’d like.

Take care!

Luke

Seeing an old friend again.

This is a bit off my normal posts about holsters and my shop, but this morning I saw a new episode of Roadkill and realized that the Firebird that I worked on, drove, and loved was actually the center piece of the new episode. So this is a bit of my memory and rambling about it.

The Car currently from the episode of Road Kill

So the history of the now famous Roadkill Finnegan 1969 Firebird or at least what I know of it. I’ll introduce myself I’m Lukas Adams, grew up in Channing MI and I’m the kid who drove the car to prom back in 1998. My dad David Adams bought that Firebird back in around 1990. He bought it from a local dealer in Iron Mountain MI, Hallman’s which is located on US2 outside of Iron Mountain. Hallman’s bought and sold muscle cars at the time and restored them. We purchased this one just as it stood, came from down south seems like Texas. It was blue at the time with a touch of metallic and a little rough but not bad at all. It was original across the board with very little done to it. We took it home and I somewhere have a VHS tape of my dad doing a burnout with it in front of his uncle’s property before we went through the car.

Front fender from pictures I took in 2014

We had a local guy who we knew do the bodywork, we went back and forth on color. But there was some roof damage, from what we could guess someone sat on the roof or sat a rim on there something of the sort. While it was repaired we knew that those dents are really hard to make invisible on a smooth contour like that, so we went with white paint. White for those not aware will not show nearly as much as say black when it comes to small imperfections like that. Nonetheless the guy who did the bodywork passed away quite a few years ago now. But he leaded the panels and did all the body repair the old way and it was done pretty well. There are some mismatched panel gaps here and there, but most of it likely came from the factory that way other than a few that I can explain later. Overall though the body turned out very nice all things considered, and at the time you couldn’t find unique parts for the 69’s like the front turn signal valances etc. We got the car back, still running the original motor and 2 barrel carb and drove it.

Later we put on a Holley Double pumper, and installed a 4 barrel intake because the 2 barrel

Empty engine bay after around 16 years waiting for the motor to be reinstalled.

was giving us trouble and we had the Holly sitting on the bench. From memory we actually ran it for a while with the linkage removed from the secondaries so that we could try to keep up gas mileage which of course was getting expensive around a dollar a gallon;) But the holly ran well on there and other than minor issues we ran into most everything was original and just worked. I actually was the one to clean the interior which all that work is long gone after it sat in my pole barn for nearly 20 years actually only 10 feet from where I’m typing this up. But I went through the entire car with a toothbrush inside, and literally spent days cleaning the inside and all of the mesh type of material they used to get all the dirt and debris out and clean and then wiped the whole thing down with armor all. We had a fresh headliner and carpet at the time but we had been waiting to install them until the motor went back in. But I’m getting ahead of myself;)

Picture of the body without the hook from 2014

So the car was pretty outside and functional, the interior was a work in progress but it was coming together. At this point we had actually put it in a few car shows locally and I believe one year we drove it up to the St Ignace car show and parked and walked the show. But generally we just enjoyed the car and drove it around here locally. Actually now that I’m thinking about it and the memories are flowing I know for sure that we took it to St Ignace. I drove, and I remember coming around a corner after a windstorm on the way and having to dodge a large tree that was laying most of the way across the road. Either way things we going well we were enjoying the car. Then my mom did the worst thing ever at the time. She washed the car;)

The interior after sitting for nearly 15 years in the pole barn.

So I was a young kid at the time, I would have been around 10ish years old, and I helped my mom wash the car. We were getting ready for a family vacation out west to Yellowstone a few days later and we wanted to wash the car and put it in the garage before my dad got back so that it would be clean and put away. We washed it up, and my mom who’s not very tall always had a problem seeing over the hood of older muscle cars. Also the incline of the entry to the garage meant the hood was up in the air as well. Nonetheless the freshly washed and dried and recently painted and nearly finished car was pulled gently into the garage. Unfortunately there was a small block Chevy motor sitting on the floor and she couldn’t see it until the crunch. I was in the car, she was in the car, both of our hearts sunk. Backed up and we got out to look and low and behold the front under the bumper along with the turn signal valance was banged up. My dad didn’t talk to her for most of our trip;)

But once we got back we got around to getting the damage repaired it really wasn’t major, we barely ran into the engine but it was enough from memory that we replaced that sheet metal under the bumper. The problem though was the valance we couldn’t get one anywhere at the time and we looked for years. The temporary solution was to put a piece of plexi glass in there cut to fit and paint a valance on there. I know it sounds terrible but from 10ft you really couldn’t tell and without a better answer at the time it worked that way until a few years later when we finally found one to replace it with properly.

Myself and my girlfriend at the time of her Graduation in 1998

The years passed pretty uneventfully for the Firebird, though I will say without a doubt we loved that car. We never had big bucks to do a full proper restoration but we basically did things as we could and made a nice original driver out of it. So as I got older I got into hot rods of course since I grew up wrenching on cars and trucks. Well I’ve always been a responsible driver, though I will say at the time I also had a bit of a wild streak compared to today. I drove the Firebird a fair amount after I got my license, used it for special occasions like when my girlfriend at the time graduated high school I drove the Firebird and picked her up afterwards and hit up graduation parties and things like that. I also drove it to prom and car shows but generally I put allot of miles on that car just enjoying it.

Prom night not sure the year but could be 97-99, could have been the year of the sending unit issue.

Prom night actually from memory it was the following day but it’s been almost 20 years ago so my memory had faded a touch since then. Nonetheless I was driving and I’ll admit I was hot rodding a little bit, I was running down a nice twisty paved back road near Iron Mountain. I was meticulous checking gauges while driving that car, mostly because I had spent allot of time on it as well as it wasn’t mine. But I knew if it broke I’d be helping to fix it, or fixing it. Well while driving at a fairly high rate of speed I went through a set of corners, and when I came out of them oh I don’t know maybe a minute later I looked down and saw zero oil pressure. I shut down the motor immediately and pulled off the road and parked. Walked to a house a made a call to have my dad bring the car hauler down to load it up. This of course predated common cell phones;)

We loaded it and brought it home and took a look what happened. What we found was the line or the sending unit to the mechanical oil pressure gauge had blown off or broken. Don’t remember which now but either way it had pumped out a good amount of oil before I had seen the gauge and shut it down. My guess today would be that the line broke since they are known to do that, but I’d further guess it was cracked or had cracked that night and leaked some out before it went all the way. It was down several quarts of oil, we topped it off and started the motor. Everything sounded good no issues what so ever. We dodged a bullet so to speak. So back up and running without any issues we breathed a sigh of relief that we wouldn’t have to rebuild the motor. I should mention this was the original motor that you wondered what was the status of.

A few weeks later I was driving the car again, and I don’t remember where I was going at the time. May have just been driving to fill up the tank since we live nearly 15 miles from the nearest gas station out here in the woods. But I pulled out on the road and I got on it, not hard mind you just a medium speed up to 60mph kind of get on it. I didn’t push the RPM’s or anything crazy, but as I got up in 2nd gear I heard something through my open window. I’m not 100% sure what it was, but either it was a light rod knock, lifter noise either way something new that shouldn’t have been there. I let off the throttle and drove it gently back home.

Still waiting for that motor sitting on the engine stand next to it around 2014

Then we checked it over a bit decided the motor would have to come out and we pulled it. Then life happened, I was getting close to graduating high school at the time. Of course I was chasing girls and thinking about jobs or college. My dad’s health has been so so over the years, and we just had allot of things come up in a short period of time. So the car sat, for a while down in his garage. Then eventually got moved back to the pole barn. It was rolled around, not sure who stabbed the brakes on it but they we free when it was here two years ago;) Granted I’m sure rusty so who ever hit that pedal locked them up. But it was rolled around here to move it around other projects. And eventually my wife and I moved back to the area and I took over the pole barn for my business. The Firebird sat here 10 feet from where I sit now calling to me, but with two small kids a business that keeps me very busy time wasn’t available nor was the money to get it up and running again.

So a few years ago my father in law decided to buy the Firebird from my dad as a restoration

The day it finally saw the light of day again to head off to my Father in law’s garage in 2014

project, but honestly it’s a big project and life happened;) So that brings us to mostly current. The other day I saw a promo video for the new episode of Roadkill on YouTube which I’ve been watching for several years almost from the very start. And I saw a white 1969 Firebird and I thought “Hey that’s strange you don’t see many of those”. At the time I didn’t know the car had been sold, so I didn’t know I was looking at my Firebird;) I saw another promo this morning and I got a twinge that it wasn’t just another Firebird I was fairly sure it was indeed my Firebird. But it was an image after it was cleaned up and had stickers etc on it, new rims etc. But my wife finally gave up word that the car was sold, they didn’t know where it was heading. Well at that point I knew. But I went ahead and signed up for Motortrend on Demand because I couldn’t wait for a month to see the car and be sure it was the same car. Well I watched the first few minutes and got a few looks at the car before they started working on it. I recognized everything I knew without a fraction of a doubt what car it was. The body gaps, the Sunpro gauges, the exhaust tips, everything down to the tires. I knew this car from one end to the other there isn’t probably a square inch of that car that I hadn’t had my hands on at one time or another. Hell I can tell ya what kind of paint is in the trunk and where we bought it. I can tell ya don’t run it through an automatic car wash unless you’ve got a towel handy to block the window seals;) Granted that’s common from that era of car and the design of the door/window seals. Nonetheless I knew without any doubt that it was my Firebird.

Also from 2014 just another side shot.

And at the end of the day I couldn’t do it, I didn’t have the time or money to restore it back to where I’d like it to have been. My dad while he loved the car as well is in the same position, neither of us could have done it. Maybe in 20 years I’ll have the time to take on something like that, until then I’ll stick with my vintage motorcycles since they are far smaller projects. My father in law really wanted to make it happen but we all ended up in the same position. At the end of the day I’d like to say I’m completely happy to see it being done. But I can’t, there will always be a part of me in that car and it will always have a place in my heart. I know it’s stupid, it’s steel and rubber, but I loved that car and I spent allot of time working on it, and enjoying it. So it’s a mixed feeling, on one hand I’m extremely happy to see that it’s not sadly sitting in my shop not being used and enjoyed. But I’m also jealous and sad that I wasn’t the one who was able to make it run and drive once again. But the happiness that someone was able to make it into what they wanted really does take the sting out of it more for me. And I will say I’ve owned a lot of vehicles over the years, and technically I didn’t own this one, but more so than any other vehicle I’ve owned this one is special at least to me.

So Mike if you’re reading this I really truly hope you enjoy the Firebird it really was a part of our family and I guess if it goes to anyone I’m happy to see it go to you. But if you’re ever in the area with the car I’d love to see it again and maybe get a ride in it. Also if you ever want to know more about the history of the car or anything along those lines you’re more than welcome to contact me.

Inside the Shop – Natural Holsters

So this is the first post of this sort, and I thought guys are always curious about things in the shop and how things work. I’ve had allot of guys want to come in the shop and see how things are built and it’s sort of like watching the show “how it’s made” but allot slower and by hand rather than some amazing mechanical wonder.

So Natural holsters, the arch nemesis of virtually every holster maker that I know. Likely the same in saddle makers, and all other leather crafts. Very likely the same also when dealing with natural wood finishes as well. The reason is that every single defect, mark or anything else will show in the finished holster. Did the cow get a bug bite when it was still a calf? Did she get too close to the barbed wire fence? Did someone with a slightly unclean hand touch the leather at the tannery or in your shop? All of that will or can show up in the finished holster.

Minor scar causing discoloration, this wasn’t visible until it was oiled at the last few steps.

Often times small things like not washing your hands between working on a non-natural holsters or wiping down your boning tools will transfer a little bit of dye which will show on a natural holster. I’ve had the presser foot on my sewing machine transfer dye because I happened to stitch a black holster before a natural.

So in essence making a good or as perfect as you can get natural holster you pretty much have to turn your work space into a clean room. Wipe your tools and equipment down to make sure there isn’t any dye on anything. Hope and cross your fingers no grease or oil from your sewing machine finds its way into the process, or god forbid gets on your hands while working on it, since next step will be a nice clean black fingerprint that you can’t remove.

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Crazy as it may seem, sometimes a complicated order like this will actually be easier to build, than a simple natural holster.

So the whole process there are countless times to make a minor mistake, and ruin the holster to the point that you’re going to have to rebuild it. Then dye that one you screwed up black or some other darker color. There are also things with the hide that just aren’t visible until you start working with it. Sometimes parts of the hide are firmer, or more dense. They will absorb water and oil at a different rate. That’s going to leave an uneven finish on the leather. Ever wonder why some cheap holsters often import rigs get that brown/orange color and doesn’t look natural or like a dye. Well that is actually more like a paint, it goes on smooth and hides a lot of things with the grain of the leather that you can’t hide with dye. When dealing with wood I’d say it’s paint vs. stain. Stain you will see the grain and any issues with it, paint will cover it up. And I should say that’s not a complaint or even an issue, just something to be aware of.

I also would like to say that doesn’t mean holster makers as a whole are using worse leather on black or dark brown holsters compared to natural. Pretty much all the issues with natural rigs are aesthetic not functional issues, they are minor things that won’t affect the function of the rig. If the cow has a tiny scar the width of a hair and the rig is black you’ll never see it and it won’t affect the function of the rig at all. But on a natural rig often that will show as a line of darker or lighter leather where oil won’t penetrate as well and looks off.

So just an oddity of holster making that I wanted to mention and write about since I don’t often see it talked about outside of the industry itself. Inside the industry it’s often talked about in my experience all the way up to the top level professionals, we all hate natural holsters.

A good clean example of a natural holster, which also happened to replace the one in the image above.

But now I’m going to throw out the last bit. We all hate them but there is a fine line between love and hate. We hate making them, we may complain and swear through the whole process. But at the end, if we managed to avoid all the pitfalls the finished product is often the best representation of our work. It’s a piece that doesn’t have anything to hide behind. It’s a model from television without their makeup and hair done. It’s either good or bad based on how well it’s built and how well the holster maker went through the whole process. That isn’t to say it’s better than a black rig it’s not, and honestly I prefer the look of black or brown to natural. But it does show every single little mistake you made and that is when you can really tell the difference between makers. Take a close look at a Matt DelFatti’s natural holsters and you’ll see how close to perfect some holster makers can get.

Luke Adams

Updates and Anniversary sale!

Updates! We’ve been constantly updating our existing holsters and I’ve been working to develop a few new holsters too. Some of these have been in testing for more than 2 years now. Others are newer, but nearly ready to bring out.

The Appalachian holster, which is my take on the classic Avenger style holster, but built out for cross draw OWB carry. Pricing starts at $95, just like my other rigs. Exotics and upgrade options are also available.

My switchback magazine carrier has been in testing for a long time with a single offset clip, allowing you to carry a single mag IWB. I think this design really shines with the smaller single stack carry guns.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll also be releasing a few more holsters.

My Overland holster is a strong side version of the same Avenger style of holster. It includes a reinforced mouth to insure one handed re-holstering. The rig pictured has an optional Speed Cut to allow the gun to leave the holster at a lower angle and clear leather quicker and is a custom option.

My Vertical Shoulder Holster, which allows comfortable carry for larger firearms without the need of a thumb break or other snap retention device.

These last two are not available on the site quite yet, though if your interested in either just email me and I can give you more information about when they will be ready.

Our Anniversery sale

Remember 4 years ago, when gas averaged $2.55 a gallon? Well, like everything these days, the price of gas has gone up, along with the price of dang near everything else. Our holster leather has gone up, along with most of our materials. And, of course, the cost of us just getting by has gone up as well. So, as a result, have our prices.

We’ve been wanting to do something special for our 4th anniversary this year, and I have been running through options and ways to make some sort of sale. To celebrate, I’ve come up with this. When I started Adams Holsters, I sold a basic holster for $65 with free shipping. What we’re going to do is, as of January 1st,  we’re going to go through all of our
holster orders between today and the first of the year and pick at random out of a hat, 4 orders to get our original pricing.

So, what this means is, if you place an order between now and the first of the year for a Texas holster for $95 + shipping, and your name is drawn, I’ll knock that down to $65 shipped. If you’ve got a fancy exotic holster on order, we’ll take and knock $30 off your order, and ship it for free. So no matter what you order between now and the new year, you get the chance to roll back the pricing to 4 years ago. If you’ve got a Sharkbite or just a mag carrier, I’ll go ahead and do the same, knocking $30 off the order and ship it for free.

So while I may not be able to do a thing about the rising cost of fuel or anything else, I can give you guys and gals a deal, as a thank you, to celebrate our anniversary. Sarah, Eli, and I really do appreciate all the support and business that everyone has given us the last 4 years. We promise to keep on working to build the best dang holsters we can figure out how to build!

Thanks again!

Luke Adams

Well guys and gals Sarah and I were talking today and came up with something that I think is going to make life easier for us in the shop, hopefully it will also drop our lead time some. We’re going to offer standard holsters, which basically means black only, right or left handed, 1.5in. belt, etc just simple rigs. No color options, exotics or anything else to worry about $95 same as we have been.

Then custom starts at $105 which includes everything that we’re currently offering. Now one reason for this is that we can look at a sheet while building and if it’s a standard rig know exactly what we’re building without having to worry about colors and options. This should help us keep those orders in a batch in the system, limit our screw ups etc. There is a reason that Henry Ford said you can have any color you want as long as it’s black. That limiting of options made it easier and less complicated to make a car. Same idea here, other than we’re still offering all the options but just via a different page of sorts on the site. I should also say if this limits my mistakes that means I’m spending less on leather and there will be less cost passed on to you guys buying the rigs as well, so I’m seeing this as a positive overall.

It should allow us to streamline our basic/standard rigs a little more in our process and give guys the options for something more fancy or complicated. I’m thinking that in the future we may even end up with two different lead times of sorts, but we’ll see right now that won’t make much sense unless I hired someone to help with basic holsters or something along those lines and I’m not willing to train someone right now;)

So either way you’ll see the changes roll out on the site tonight, as always existing orders won’t change, just new ones from today on.

Take care!

Luke

IN Stock Sale!

Want to skip the lead? Check out my IN STOCK SALE! I’m clearing out some holsters that have been cluttering up the shop. There are a couple with very small issues noted (imperfect dye), but most of them are just perfect. So if you like my work, but don’t like to wait, take a look at what I’ve got on hand and get them while they last! Click here to see what’s available!

Basically guys I’ve got some that I either built wrong, etc because I didn’t read the order or mixed up what I was building. So I ended up with a rig that was brown and should of have been black things like that. Sometimes it was a pattern cut for the wrong gun, so I built out an extra holster for that gun rather than leave the pattern on my bench waiting for an order. So whatever the circumstances these rigs are ready to go, all have some discount, a couple have a little more because of a few little cosmetic dye issues. Those have an extra $10ish off them. If you don’t see it listed I don’t have it;) But this is a chance to pick up a brand new fancy rig without the wait!

Take care!

Luke

Lead time update!

Lead time update for everyone I’m dropping down to 10-12+ weeks as of this morning and that should be pretty accurate. We’ve been getting through orders pretty well a little slow here and there but mostly where I’d like to be;) So in looking at the current run of orders we took at 18 week leads are actually coming in at 12 currently, there were a few here and there that actually were 18 week leads for one reason or another.

So good news and things are going well here, Spring has finally sprung in the UP hopefully no more snow this year though I had some last week so I’m not holding out too much hope yet. June snow is uncommon but not unheard of here so we’ll see;) Eli and Sarah are doing great, he’s actually spending a bit more time in the backpack in the shop with us as we’re working and that’s getting easier as he’s getting bigger. He’s not quite walking yet, he’ll stand and walk with you and step between things so any day now he should be taking his first steps.
Overall though things are going great here with us, busy but that’s always a good thing;)

Take care!

Luke

Updates for a new year

Well guys and gals it’s been a busy and productive 2012 and thanks so much for your support with all the orders and kind words;) We’ve been as always trying to get things out the door quicker without compromising our quality, that way your not waiting as long for your gear. It’s something that I’m always thinking about, but lately I’ve found I’m spending allot more time on belts as they come through my orders than holsters, not because I’m making more of them either. Belts take me a long time to cut, stitch and build along with finishing. So because of the extra time involved in working with belts and switching back and forth I’m going to discontinue them for at least the time being. It will not effect orders that are in the list already, just new orders going forward. Basically I’m going to see if stopping building belts for a while will help us make more holsters and get them out the door quicker, if so then chances are we’ll stick just with holsters going forward. That’s always been our primary focus anyways, so we’ll just play it by ear going forward on what we will do.

Other news, Eli is growing like a week and will be crawling/walking soon, not sure which first but he’s going to keep Sarah and I on our toes even more shortly. Both him and Sarah are healthy and happy as am I. So things are busy but going well. We are upping our lead time again to 18+ weeks, in January  we had a five times the number of orders of any month pretty much all last year. So that’s a heck of a way to start the new year but it also is driving this belt change as well as the lead time increase;)

Take care and as always I hope things are going well for you all and your families!

Luke

Lead time update

We are happy to announce we’re dropping our lead time back down to 14-16+ weeks instead of the 18+ we’ve been working with. We’ve been playing catch up all summer since our first son was born and we’re making progress;) Winter is bearing down on us quickly up here in the UP of Michigan so we have been busy cutting firewood to heat the shop for the winter months as well. But we’re settling in for another long winter of building out the holsters you all seem to love;)

I’ve got some new designs and holsters in the works several that have been going for quite a while now that should be seeing the light of day fairly soon as well so expect some updates with new designs and holsters for 2013!

Take care and thanks as always for all the support!

Luke