FAQ

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ORDERS

To order leather goods, use the CONTACT page to let me know what you’re looking for.  Describe the items you are interested in or upload a file which shows or describes your interest.  Entering your phone number is optional.

Digital files, including downloadable holster patterns, are available in an Etsy shop or – in the case of free downloads – through the links provided.

Most orders are custom orders.  It would not be possible to list all the variations possible, to say nothing of trying to stock every combination.

The photo galleries on this site show past work which you can have made or altered to suit.  I don’t just do “anything” in leather, but feel free to ask.

You’re billed based on the actual work involved.  I don’t bill for drying time, or for social media ‘hype’ about my projects.  In fact, I don’t bill ‘time’ at all.

Yes, I have made a range of leather articles.  Small key holders to wallets.  Checkbooks and clutch purses.  Handbags and notebooks – including Coast Guard charge books.

I’ll be adding photos as they are ready to upload, but feel free to ask about specific items – I may have some photos.

PayPal is the preferred method of payment.  Fast, safe, and membership not required.

If you are in the area and prefer to pick up your goods, cash is acceptable in person (only).

PATTERN INFO

Yes.  In fact, you can download instructions even without JLS Leather patterns.  Check the Holster DIY page for information provided free of charge.

There is a small charge for some holster patterns, and I would expect to be paid if I make the holster.  But common sense is that a pattern should INCLUDE directions.

No, holster patterns and downloads are not printed and shipped.  Printed holster patterns add printing, packaging, and shipping charges for the buyer.  Better to print the file when you need it, store in your computer taking no space in your shop, and no shipping charges.

Any print shop can do this for you for LESS than it would cost to ship them to you (I recommend card stock).  Just tell your print shop to be sure to print the patterns full size (no scaling).

Holster patterns are available as digital pdf file downloads.  Some are presented free of charge and can be downloaded with the links to the right; others can be purchased for a small fee from the ETSY store.

Sorry, no.

Some of the holsters available use patterns which are simply not in the computer as yet and will be listed as they become available.

Some patterns are designed at the request of other holster makers and are not generally made available for sale.  All Boberg holsters on this site are made from patterns commissioned by (and therefore property of) mecopocketholsters.com and availability would require permission there.

HOLSTER INFO

If you see a holster on this site, assume that I am able to mold those gun models.  Not all models are shown as yet, so please ask if you have another model you’d like to see available.

Pistol manufacturers covered by my holsters include Boberg, Colt, Springfield, Glock, Ruger, RIA, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Charter Arms, and more.

Vegetable tanned suede leathers are acceptable for use as holster lining material.

For some reason, people sometimes think of ‘suede’ and ‘leather’ as different things.  ‘Suede’ is simply leather with the top layers removed – and often the new surface is buffed.

The issue for holster linings is the tanning of the leather.  Chrome tanned leather contains chemicals (chromium salts) that can react with a blued finish on a gun.  With composite materials and newer surface finishes, this is less of an issue than in the past.

Your holster is made with vegetable tanned leather and thus the inside IS vegetable tanned sueded leather without adding anything.  Veg-tan suede may be useful, for examples, if the user would like the holster made a bit thicker or for color contrast.

Mold the glock 17 and glock 19 virtually the same, with the exception of the 19 (and also 23 and 32) being shorter both in the muzzle and and in the grip.  A holster made with one will fit the other (assuming that the muzzle end is open).

When purchasing patterns, there is no real reason to purchase both the 17 and the 19, unless you simply want an additional shape done for you.

BELT INFO

With any belt, the buckle is part of the belt size.  Consider the following picture.  Three straps are shown, each the same size. Changing the buckle to a buckle of different length changes the belt size by that change in length.

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Effect of buckle size on belt size.

Sure, I’ve done that and don’t mind.  In fact, it’s been interesting to see some of the unique buckles.

The BEST way to ensure that your new leather belt is a proper fit on your own buckle and your waist is to send me the buckle.  But, I realize that some buckles have significant value – either monetary or sentimental – and some may prefer not to ship an heirloom or rodeo award.  In this case, arrangements can be made.  Drop me a line and I’ll tell you how to go about that.

Yes.  All belts are supplied with a buckle unless requested otherwise.  Some buckles I use fairly frequently are shown in the photo gallery on the belt page.

Buckle types, sizes, and prices abound. Personally, I prefer solid brass buckles attached with snaps for easy replacement, but I have used chrome plated steel, stainless steel, and silver.  There is no additional charge for any of the buckles displayed on this site.

THE BEST way to get the correct belt size is to measure around yourself – over the top of clothing of the same type the belt will be worn with – at the point where the belt will be worn.  Alternately, you can measure a belt that currently fits you as shown below.

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Belt measuring

The reason for this may be clearer to the girls than the guys.  Men tend to have ONE place where all of our jeans ride about the same.  Women will have one pair that’s high on the waist, one pair that sits at the waist, and another that is worn on the hips, each resulting in different measurements.

GENERAL INFO

Hermann Oak and Wickett & Craig tanneries.

I also generally have chrome-tanned leathers from various suppliers for linings, pockets, and trim on projects such as handbags, wallets, and notebook binders.

I can.  Some times someone will send a picture of (or link to) a design available for purchase asking to have that same project made, which is usually fine.  Customers pick what they like and design time is reduced.

Since these commercially purchased patterns are used by other leather workers, it’s very easy to compare my work with that of others (with the same pattern).

I have carved quite a few designs by master craftsman Al Stohlman.  You can see some of the work produced by those patterns in the more leather section (and a few of the carved holsters).   If you’d like to see more examples of work I’ve done using these designs, just ask.

The concealed carry holsters available today are done with my designs.