I spend my life in a “logical/virtual” world, so when I get to build/develop actual physical things, its like therapy for me.
Cowboy Action Shooting got me into Leatherwork to save money on holster rigs for me and my two oldest children. For the price of one “commercially” built holster, I was able to make 3 gun belts & 6 holsters.
My first holster making class was taught by Tim Start of http://highdesertleather.com/ I think I just “happened” to take his first & only holster making class. Very foundational on building patterns and fundamental craft.
Then, one day a friend needed an IWB holster and I have a “galco IWB” holster for my wife’s S&W 638, after about making 20 of those, the “Foxy Tuck” was born a real Gen1. Each one I built got better and better, until now we have a Gen2 “Foxy Tuck”.
Mid 2014 I asked Simon if he would mentor me on holster making. From him I learned where to buy the best holster making leather on the planet! The old-school way of “finishing” leather that has been done for hundreds of years. He doesn’t like “cross breed” holsters, he likes full 100% leather custom made holsters. Simon made custom holsters for Freedom Arms (about 100 a month for decades), to say he is the best in the world is an understatement. I learned more from him in 60 minutes, than I had in a year of making Foxy Tucks.
Early 2015 I hired Simon to “mentor” me on a special chest rig for a 454 Predator Defense gun to be worn in the field. He invented this design decades ago and many have tried to “copy” it.
This second mentoring session enabled me to get to Gen3! I invested about $1,000 in equipment to cut my production time in about half and increase quality by 2x to get to Gen3. I have NOT released Gen3 yet, but standby its going to be awesome!
Foxy Tucks & Leather working projects through the years.
GENERATION1 Foxy Tuck-$50 (2013)
- cut out leather with scissors…sharpening them frequently.
- tan/black dye..that had to be sealed…that dried out the leather. 1 even bled onto a customer.
- kydex tenting and cut out with a jig saw (yuck!…dangerous).
- each holster improved significantly
- sucky tandy leather double oak shoulders
- drilled holes for clips instead of punching them (crazy huh?)
- not covering full barrel (like all the other makers), so it “catches” your frontsight and your barrel wears out your clothing.
- used “kitchen oven” (crazy huh?!)
GENERATION2 Foxy Tuck- $55 (2014)
- high quality/high cost leather, planed and tanned to perfection 9-9.5 oz W&C backs
- purchase hardware in-bulk to offset higher price of leather
- neatfoot oil “dyed”
- kydex look & function doubled in quality IMO
- cut kydex with large scissors and used bench grinder, then dremel, then “scotch-bright” to “polish” edges of kydex
- edging by hand and sanding by dremel.
- Custom “Maker Stamp” with brand & Scripture (“The Lord has said that: Ye shall defend your families even unto bloodshed. …to defend themselves, and their families, and their lands, their country, and their rights, and their religion.” Alma 43: 47)
- kydex high on the handgun and snug on the slide, with sight groove (details matter!)
- dedicated toaster oven in garage
FUTURE PLANS – GENERATION3 Foxy Tuck-$55 (2015)
- custom die to automate-cutout pattern for compact and 4″ service pistols
- better edging due to “professional” sander & polisher (no more dremel). $750 “professional sander & edger”
- decorative line around Foxy Tuck
- Professional Photography