Phoenix Leather Trading Post
Bespoke Classic Western Style Leather Holsters & Rigs
In 2019 I began “The Frontier Project” as a new approach to a series of portraits set in the mid to late 19th Century during the inexorable Westward expansion of North America. (You can read all about it on the dedicated page for the project).
In order to accomplish this project one of the elements I needed were certain props that I had no real budget to cover the expenses for. As a remedy I decided to design and make, from real leather, items such as belts, pouches, straps, but mostly holsters to get the look and feel of the period.
My curiosity and fascination with leather craft was peaked by this effort, which led me to look deeper into the techniques and engineering of leatherwork. After designing a few holsters for the project I became more and more excited about actually trying my hand at the real thing. I invested in a basic starter toolkit for leather work and set about making my designs more complete and finally reached a point where I made some very durable and authentic heavy leather holsters. All entirely designed, cut and finished by hand.
I have now reached a point in this absorbing project where I am ready to custom make and sell these to collectors, reenactment enthusiasts and classic gun users. You can now visit my shop on Etsy to view and order some of these. Only the designs on this page are on my shop for now, but I shall carry on designing and posting new holsters as time goes on.