How to Make a Leather Holster

Scott Goodman is a California native, surfer, landscape designer, and maker of leather goods. He works full-time for landscape architecture firm, EPT Design in Irvine, Calif., where he designs large scale urban projects. He is also a board member at loveart&,  a non profit dedicated to empowering youth through art and environmental advocacy. Though he finds satisfaction in the landscape projects, the amount of time from sketch to finished product can take months, even years. In need of more immediate creative gratification, he turned to leather. 

Earlier this year he founded the leather goods brand, Headlands Handmade. He makes every piece on a made-to-order basis in his studio in Dana Point, Calif. The made-to-order model offers him flexibility in time, allows customers to select material options and allows him to keep the focus on quality.

We asked him to put together a simple how-to leather project and he proposed a comb holster. He admitted that a comb holster might be a little frivolous, but he feels like it’s a reminder to take care of all your possessions, even your $0.99 comb. To get you stoked on the idea, we’re giving away the holster OR one of Goodman’s leather wallets to a lucky KTV blog reader. The first person to tell us what kind of gum is required to complete the process gets pick of the litter. Send answers to info [at] korduroy dot tv with the subject “Comb Holster.”

 

Materials:

-Small piece of leather (You can find small enough scraps at any local leather supply. In this piece I am using Black Chromexcel , tanned by Horween in Chicago, Illinois.)

-Small piece of cardboard or foam

-Comb

-X-acto knife

-Stamping or engraving tools

-Leather weld (Glue)

-3mm prong punch

-Leather hole punch

-Edge beveller

-Adjustable groover

-Stitching needles, blunt tip (2)

-12-18″ of waxed thread

-Small piece of canvas

-Tragacanth gum

-Hair do

1. Make a template of your design using cardboard, thin foam, or thick paper. Use your comb for sizing , be careful not to make it too narrow.*

 

2. Cut your leather using your template as a guide. Use the sharpest blade you can find.

 

3. Stamp. If you have something you want to add to the piece like a stamp, your initials, or some kind of engraving now is the best time to do it. *

 

4. Glue. Add a little bit of glue to the areas that will be stitched to help keep things in place. This also makes stitching easier. Clamp your piece and let it sit for about 15 minutes. *

5. Punch your holes.

–Use an adjustable groover to create a straight line. *

–Use a 3mm prong punch to keep your hole spacing accurate.

–Punch the holes using a leather hole punch.

 

6. Stitch your piece with a traditional saddle stitch using 1 piece of waxed thread and 2 needles.

7. Bevel the edges of your piece with an edge beveller. *

8. Burnish (or slick) the edges with a small piece of canvas, a small amount of tragacanth gum and some elbow grease.*

9. Comb your ‘do. *

10. Holster your comb.

*If you want a quick and dirty comb holster you can skip these steps. I highly advise against skipping step 9.

Find a video of the process on Goodman’s Instagram @headlands_handmade. And see more of his handmade leather products all over the web:

Webiste: http://headlandshandmade.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Headlands-Handmade

Twitter: https://twitter.com/headlandsgoods

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