New 1.5″ Hand Carved Leather Bracelet w/ Roses

1.5″ wide rose bracelet
1.5″ wide rose bracelet
1.5″ wide rose bracelet
1.5″ wide rose bracelet
1.5″ wide rose bracelet
1.5″ wide rose bracelet

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New 1.5″ wide, hand carved, heavy leather bracelet with rose floral pattern in Antique Briar Brown over Black with brass snap. This bracelet carries quite a bit of attitude and has been made for a lady in my own town of Coolidge, Arizona. This elegant bracelet fits a 6.5″ measured wrist size and is 8″ in overall length (7.5″ snap-to-snap). The edges are burnished smooth in Dark Brown and are sealed with gum tragacanth.

I can make a similar one for you in any pattern, any color combination, any width, any size.  This bracelet was cut from 10-11 oz. vegetable tanned, Hermann Oak leather.

Dyes and finish are water based, environmentally friendly products.

All my bracelets and cuffs are made-to-order custom products. Give me your idea, I’ll sketch it up and we’ll see what we can do for you in a one-of-a-kind, hand made leather bracelet or cuff.

At Grit West Leather we consider widths 2″ and wider to be cuffs. Less than 2″ wide is a bracelet in our shop terminology.

12-12-2017: New 2.5″ Wide, Rose Pattern Guitar Strap

2.5″ Wide, Luther Rose Guitar Strap w/ Crosses, Fish, Initials and Western Floral
2.5″ wide, rose floral pattern guitar strap w/ initials.
2.5″ wide, rose floral pattern guitar strap w/ initials.
2.5″ wide, rose floral pattern guitar strap w/ initials.
2.5″ wide, rose floral pattern guitar strap w/ initials.
2.5″ wide, rose floral pattern guitar strap w/ initials.
2.5″ wide, rose floral pattern guitar strap w/ initials.
2.5″ wide, rose floral pattern guitar strap w/ initials.

New 2.5″ wide, classic style leather guitar strap, hand carved with rose floral pattern in Antique Briar Brown, with two old school copper rivets, four 3/4″ High Sierra conchos w/brass rope edge and 1.25″ wide, Laramie buckle. This heavy strap is custom made for a Northeast Texas musician with six roses and initials. It is sized to 53″ in length and adjusts from 51″ to 55″. The 3/4″ hand sewn, hand tooled keeper is a complimentary Medium Brown Antique.

This strap (all three pieces and 3/4″ wide keeper) is cut from a 10-11 oz. single side of Hermann Oak vegetable tanned leather. The main strap body is 2.5″ wide with 1.25″ wide connector straps. Front and back hand tooled connector straps are punched for 9/16″ acoustic guitar connector pins. The heavy 10-11 oz. leather has been skived at the connector strap ends making it easier to fit the pin through the button hole. All edges are dyed Dark Brown, nicely beveled, burnished smooth and sealed with gum tragacanth. The 1.25″ wide connector straps are hand-tooled in a nice border pattern and are also dyed Antique Briar Brown.

My classic style straps come with attached 1.25″ wide connector straps, so when the connectors become worn, they can easily and inexpensively be replaced without touching the main 2.5″ strap body, which will last a lifetime with heavy use. This style strap is quite heavy, very comfortable to wear and doesn’t require an interior lining or stitching.

All dyes and finishes are environmentally friendly water based products.

All my guitar straps are one-off, made-to-order items. Let me know what you’d like and what your budget allows and we’ll see what we can come up with. My least costly straps run about $180 each; will be just as stout; simply with less tooling; maybe plain or with a simple border pattern and a solid color. I will make up any size strap in any pattern, style or color you prefer.

12-03-2017: 2.5″ Wide, Hand Carved, Luther Rose Guitar Strap

2.5″ Wide, Luther Rose Guitar Strap w/ Crosses, Fish, Initials and Western Floral
2.5″ Wide, Luther Rose Guitar Strap w/ Crosses, Fish, Initials and Western Floral
2.5″ Wide, Luther Rose Guitar Strap w/ Crosses, Fish, Initials and Western Floral
2.5″ Wide, Luther Rose Guitar Strap w/ Crosses, Fish, Initials and Western Floral
2.5″ Wide, Luther Rose Guitar Strap w/ Crosses, Fish, Initials and Western Floral
2.5″ Wide, Luther Rose Guitar Strap w/ Crosses, Fish, Initials and Western Floral
2.5″ Wide, Luther Rose Guitar Strap w/ Crosses, Fish, Initials and Western Floral

2.5″ wide, classic style, leather guitar strap, hand carved with western floral pattern in Antique Saddle Tan, with two old school copper rivets, four 3/4″ silver over black cross conchos and 1.25″ wide, Laramie buckle. This heavy strap is custom made for a Lutheran Pastor / musician in northeast Texas, sporting initials, two carved Luther Crosses and two crosses with fish symbols. It is sized to 52″ in length and adjusts from 50″ to 54″. The 3/4″ hand sewn, keeper is a slightly darker Medium Brown Antique for a bit more contrast.

This strap (all three pieces and 3/4″ wide keeper) is cut from a 10-11 oz. single side of Hermann Oak vegetable tanned leather. The main strap body is 2.5″ wide with 1.25″ wide connector straps. Front and back hand tooled connector straps are punched for 9/16″ acoustic guitar connector pins. The heavy 10-11 oz. leather has been skived at the connector strap ends making it easier to fit the pin through the button hole. All edges are dyed light Brown, nicely beveled, burnished smooth and sealed with gum tragacanth. The 1.25″ wide connector straps are hand-tooled in a nice border pattern and are dyed Antique Saddle Tan.

My classic style straps come with attached 1.25″ wide connector straps, so when worn, they can easily and inexpensively be replaced without touching the main 2.5″ strap body, which will last a lifetime with heavy use. This style strap is quite heavy, very comfortable to wear and doesn’t require an interior lining or stitching.

All dyes and finishes are environmentally friendly water based products.

All my guitar straps are one-off, made-to-order items. Let me know what you’d like and what your budget allows and we’ll see what we can come up with. My least costly straps run about $180 each; will be just as stout; simply with less tooling; maybe plain or with a simple border pattern and a solid color. I will make up any width, color or length in any design you’d like.

11-22-2017: 2.5″ Wide, Hand Carved, Luther Rose w/ Western Floral Leather Guitar Strap

2.5″ Wide, Hand Carved, Luther Rose w/ Western Floral Guitar Strap; Custom Guitar by Cact-Eye Guitars
2.5″ Wide, Hand Carved, Luther Rose w/ Western Floral Guitar Strap; Custom Guitar by Cact-Eye Guitars
2.5″ Wide, Hand Carved, Luther Rose w/ Western Floral Guitar Strap
2.5″ Wide, Hand Carved, Luther Rose w/ Western Floral Guitar Strap
2.5″ Wide, Hand Carved, Luther Rose w/ Western Floral Guitar Strap
2.5″ Wide, Hand Carved, Luther Rose w/ Western Floral Guitar Strap: Custom Guitar by Cact-Eye Guitars

New 2.5″ wide, classic style, leather guitar strap, hand carved with western floral pattern in Antique Tan, with two old school copper rivets, four 3/4″ silver over black cross conchos and 1.25″ wide, Laramie buckle. This heavy strap is custom made for a Lutheran Pastor / musician in northeast Texas, sporting initials, two carved Luther Crosses and two crosses with fish symbols. It is sized to 52″ in length and adjusts from 50″ to 54″.

This strap (all three pieces and 3/4″ wide keeper) is cut from a 10-11 oz. single side of Hermann Oak vegetable tanned leather. The main strap body is 2.5″ wide with 1.25″ wide connector straps. Front and back hand tooled connector straps are punched for 9/16″ acoustic guitar connector pins. The heavy 10-11 oz. leather has been skived at the connector strap ends making it easier to fit the pin through the button hole. All edges are dyed light Brown, nicely beveled, burnished smooth and sealed with gum tragacanth. The 1.25″ wide connector straps are hand-tooled in a nice border pattern and are dyed Antique Tan.

My classic style straps come with attached 1.25″ wide connector straps, so when worn, they can easily and inexpensively be replaced without touching the main 2.5″ strap body, which will last a lifetime with heavy use. This style strap is quite heavy, very comfortable to wear and doesn’t require an interior lining or stitching.

All dyes and finishes are environmentally friendly water based products.

All my guitar straps are one-off, made-to-order items. Let me know what you’d like and what your budget allows and we’ll see what we can come up with. My least costly straps run about $180 each; will be just as stout; simply with less tooling; maybe plain or with a simple border pattern and a solid color. I will make up any width, color, length in any design you’d like.

11-17-2017: 1.75″ Wide, Hand Carved, Custom Leather Paisley Belt w/ Vintage Buckle

1.75″ Wide Paisley Belt w/ Vintage Bud Buckle
1.75″ Wide Paisley Belt
1.75″ Wide Paisley Belt
1.75″ Wide Paisley Belt

This is a rich 1.75″ wide, hand carved, heavy leather belt tapering to 1.5″ buckle and billet ends. Finished in an elegant, Medium Brown Antique over Dark Brown paisley pattern with tooled edge border on both buckle and billet ends. Edges are burnished to a smooth Dark Brown and the tooled, hand-sewn, meander pattern keeper is 3/4″ wide set between two, solid brass, Texas Star, screw back conchos attaching the 2.25″ x 3.0″ trophy style buckle. This 38″ custom order was made to go with a young lady’s trade marked, vintage Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) buckle discovered in a Phoenix, 7th Avenue, Melrose Area shop. (The buckle of course, cannot be duplicated short of locating another.) This belt was cut from a 10-11 oz. Hermann Oak, single side of vegetable tanned leather as was the keeper.

The paisley pattern was hand sketched and will never be duplicated, at least not in my shop. This is a one-off item, hand made in my Coolidge, Arizona shop.

I can happily make a similar, though not identical one of these to your specifications in any size, any colors. Send me a sketch, photos or ideas and we can discuss your design. Discussion is always welcome, free and does not constitute a commitment to buy anything. This particular belt required more than nine hours to design, size, carve, dye and finish, though I admit to not being a race carver.

The dyes and finish are water based, environmentally friendly materials.

05-23-2017: 1.75″ Wide Basket Weave Belt

1.75″ Wide Basket Weave Belt
1.75″ Wide Basket Weave Belt
1.75″ Wide Basket Weave Belt
1.75″ Wide Basket Weave Belt
1.75″ Wide Basket Weave Belt

Made to order, 1.75″ wide, heavy leather belt for work or casual wear. The strap was cut from a (10 -11 oz.) Hermann Oak Single Side of vegetable tanned leather and is sturdy enough to carry a light duty holster or knife sheath, but not intended as heavy gun leather. It tapers to 1.5″ wide at the billet and buckle ends to fit any 1.5″ wide buckle. This particular belt was ordered to match a nice pair of western boots and will go with a sweet trophy buckle. The 3/4″ wide, tooled keeper is hand sewn.

The belt is finished in medium brown antique with traditional hand tooled, basket weave pattern. The buckle end carries a decorative border pattern. The antique brass, center bar buckle is secured with black, screw back conchos and can easily be changed out for a different buckle and look. The screw backs are set back from the bend to accommodate a large trophy buckle. Belt and keeper edges are burnished smooth in dark brown.

This belt has some serious character and is not for the timid.

7-hole, size 41″ belt. I can make one of these for you in any size, any color.

Dyes and finish are water based, environmentally friendly materials.

02-17-2017: 1.75″ Wide Hand Carved Leather Belt

Black over rich red chevrons.
Black over rich red chevrons.
Black over rich red chevrons.

 

 

 

This is a made to order, 39″ belt size, 1.75″ wide, heavy, leather belt designed to go with a vintage, 4.25″ rodeo buckle. The strap was cut from a heavy (10 -11 oz.) Hermann Oak Vegetable Tanned Side and is sturdy enough to carry a light duty holster or knife sheath, but is not intended as heavy gun leather. It tapers to 1.5″ wide at the billet and buckle ends. Buckle is secured with two 3/4″, roped berry, screw back conchos centering a 3/4″ wide, hand-sewn keeper, so can easily be changed out for a different buckle and look.

The belt is finished in black with deep, red-earth colored, hand tooled chevrons. The rich, deep-red chevrons are loosely taken from a circa 1920’s Navajo weaving pattern called Red Mesa. The black belt and keeper edges have been burnished smooth with gum tragacanth.

I can make a similar one of these for you in any size, any color.

The dyes and finish are water based, environmentally friendly materials.

06-24-2016: A Couple of Pendants

Dog Tag Pendant - Hand Tooled
Dog Tag Pendant – Hand Tooled
Rune Tags: FEHU & URUZ
Rune Tags: FEHU & URUZ
Rose-Cross w/ Gem Stones
Rose-Cross w/ Gem Stones
Rune Tags: GEBO & WUNJO
Rune Tags: GEBO & WUNJO
Persian Simurgh Pendant
Persian Simurgh Pendant
Persian Simurgh Pendant
Persian Simurgh Pendant
Rose-Cross w/ Turquoise & Tiger Eye Beads
Rose-Cross w/ Turquoise & Tiger Eye Beads

All the above pendants are hung with 2mm round leather cord except the one Rune Tag Pendant hung  military style with chain.  The Rune Tags are tooled leather sized to U.S. Army specifications.

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06-19-2016: 2″ Hand Carved Leather Guitar Strap

2" Wide Strap
2″ Wide Strap
2" Guitar Strap: Rose Pattern
2″ Guitar Strap: Rose Pattern

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2" Guitar Strap: Rose Pattern
2″ Guitar Strap: Rose Pattern

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2.0″ wide, classic style, leather guitar strap, hand carved with desert rose floral pattern in antique Saddle Tan over Black, with two old school copper rivets, four engraved conchos matching the 1.25″ wide, engraved buckle. This heavy strap is custom made for a female guitarist in Tucson, Arizona with initials on the front.  It’s sized to 38″ in length and adjusts from 36″ to 40″.

The desert rose floral carving pattern is a Grit West original tooling pattern.

This strap (all three pieces and 3/4″ wide keeper) is cut from a 10-11 oz. single side of Hermann Oak vegetable tanned leather and is 2.0″ wide with 1.25″ wide connector straps. Front and back hand tooled connector straps are punched with 3/8″ diameter holes to accommodate Dunlop or Schaller style strap locks. The heavy 10-11 oz. leather has been pre-compressed to a thickness fitting the strap lock system. All edges are nicely beveled and burnished smooth. The 1.25″ wide connector straps are hand-tooled in a nice border pattern and are dyed in Saddle Tan Antique.

My classic style straps come with attached 1.25″ wide connector straps, so when worn, they can easily and inexpensively be replaced without touching the main 2.0″ (in this case) or 2.5″ strap body, which will last a lifetime with heavy use. This style strap is quite durable, comfortable to wear and doesn’t require interior lining or stitching.

All dyes and finishes are environmentally friendly water based products.

A strap similar to this with full carving and dark background dye runs about $380.  You’ll notice it’s a bit less expensive than some of my other custom straps just because it’s a shorter length, so less carving and dye work.

All my guitar straps are one-off, made-to-order items. Let me know what you’d like and what your budget allows and we’ll see what we can come up with. My least costly straps run about $160 each; will be just as stout; simply with less tooling; maybe plain or with a simple border pattern and a solid color.  A nice border pattern with antique finish would add maybe $50 to the initial $160 cost.  I will make up any width, color, orlength in any design you’d like.

Contacting me with questions does not constitute a commitment to purchase.  Please don’t hesitate to message me.

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