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Cowboy Action Gun Leather!

On-line registration is now closed. Please register for workshops at the Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal Booth at the trade show.

Cowboy Action Gun Leather!

Chris Andre

Wednesday - Friday, February 28 - March 2, 8 am - 5 pm

Granite Mountain Room - Prescott Resort & Conference Center

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome!

Learn the fundamentals of professional Western gun leather design and construction.  This workshop will focus on Western holsters for Cowboy Action Shooting with the student making two “fast draw” style holsters and a Ranger style gun belt with bullet loops. We will cover the fitting of the holster style to the customer, types of holsters and their applications, as well as designing holsters from scratch. In construction we will cover leather selection, belt sizing, bullet loops, the welt seam, liners, wet molding and more. The workshop will also cover shop tips and production techniques to help the student hit the ground running. Materials donated by Hermann Oak Leather Co. Equipment provided by Leather Machine Co., Inc.

Materials to Bring: Students should have their own professional collection of properly shaped, sharpened, and polished tools: pencil, head knife or similar, strop, round punches 1/4” & 3/8”, one medium-sized (#3/4) French skiver, #3 and #5 common edge bevellers, #11 Exacto® style knife, slicker, wing dividers, needle-nose pliers, and a lace puller if you have one. I will try to bring tools to fill in the gaps. Optional/time allowing: Border stamp(s), maul, stamping surface.

Chris Andre is an award winning, professional leather artist and maker in Frederick, Colorado. Chris works mostly in cowboy action and concealed carry gun leather while dabbling in saddles, cowboy trappings and motorcycle gear. Chris is also an active and competitive member of SASS and Cowboy Fast Draw, and is a lifetime competitive shooter, and USMC Marksmanship Instructor. Chris authors a variety of instruction and pattern packs for gun leather and other items as well as offering private classes in holster making and carving.