WELCOME! Mosey on in and sit 'urself right down to read "Mr. Legendary Leather's" updated blog on what he's been a creatin' in the bovine hide most recently . . . specifically fer that discriminatin' cowboy enthusiast in yur life.

"WHERE THERE IS FEAR, THERE IS NO CREATIVITY" (Christopher Lowell)


Sunday, March 19, 2017

NO APOLOGIES NEEDED IN A FRIENDSHIP . . .

One of the things Mr. Legendary Leather had gained throughout his leather 
vending years are lasting friendships. A particular bond that has formed is with 
the "Buffalo Soldier Mounted Calvary Unit" 10th division reenactors. Whether 
it's jabbering with the 10th at their encampment or the 10th chatting at the 
Legendary Leather tent . . . learning history, retelling stories and fun are had by all.


Most recently the friends ran into each other at "Old Fort MacArthur Days" in 
Long Beach. As usual, the 10th Calvary Unit had their encampment set up and
invited Mr. Legendary Leather in for a chat. Wanting to rest his weary bones for 
a while, Mr. Legendary Leather accepted a seat - however, the seat did not accept
Mr. Legendary Leather. Yup, Mr. Legendary Leather's presence was a bit too 
much for that alluring seat. Naturally, the kind men of the 10th said it was nothing.

No apologies are needed in a true friendship. However, in this case Mr. Legendary
Leather felt he needed to make amends and set to work on a hand-crafted
leather "apology" piece to present to his friends at the 10th.



This journal cover was inspired by Mr. Legendary Leather's friendship with the 10th.



I have no doubt that when Mr. Legendary Leather has the opportunity to present
his journal to the 10th, they will accept it more in friendship than they do an apology.


Mr. Legendary Leather with Trooper Jay M. Collins 

For more information about the "Buffalo Soldier Mounted Calvary Unit"
please visit bsmcu.com




Monday, January 16, 2017

WESTERNSPICE CHANNELS A MODERN CATWOMAN . . .

Just to show you how diverse the leather making world can be, The Missus
has decided to share the latest request from WesternSpice for her daddy. 

I'm sure there are those in the cosplay world who would be envious of WesternSpice
if they only knew she had access to Mr. Legendary Leather's bovine crafting 
talents purely through her blood-line as his daughter. As you know, WesternSpice
doesn't limit herself to the cowboy realm - she also has a passion for the 1940's
(whether it be WW2 or civilian), Marvel Comics, Victorian era, blood-thirsty
pirates, and now the world of DC Comics. Yes, WesternSpice channeled
"Catwoman" for her most recent visit to Long Beach Comic Con.


. . . "holy ancient costumes, Batman!" We don't mean Julie Newmar!

In preparation for her more modern version, WesternSpice found it relatively
easy to find the necessary items to complete her costume, However, she didn't
 ponder long on the puzzling question of what to do for Catwoman's head gear.
And as you might have guessed, she turned to her daddy.



Once again, WesternSpice had a vision that she needed to convey to Mr.
Legendary Leather, and Mr. Legendary Leather had to interpret a vision into
a tangible hand-crafted leather piece. But how to get those Catwoman ears
and put a modern 21st century spin on them?

 


Fortunately it only took a couple of prototypes before the end result was achieved.


Not exactly what the "old school" parents were picturing walking around in Gotham 
City, however it was exactly what WesternSpice had envisioned.



And as always, a fun time was had by all at the "Con".







Saturday, January 7, 2017

AS TIME PASSES . . .

Happy New Year to y'all!
2016 seemed to slip by so fast. We're hopin' that 2017 might slow down a bit.
It's been awhile since The Missus has posted the happenin's of Mr. Legendary
Leather, but truth be told, I didn't realize that time was passing so quickly.

Mr. Legendary Leather has continued to create several more of his unique leather
treasures - mostly for repeat loyal customers, but every now and then somebody
new comes along and poses a new challenge. 

Most recently, a fellow merchandiser from the The Cowboys of Norco requested 
a set of double bandoleers. Now Mr. Legendary Leather has created bandoleers 
before, so this wasn't something new to him. However, this customer was female
and she wanted them to be black. What made this a conundrum, you ask? Well,
a female fit would require a little different configuration and I think I've 
mentioned before the problems that black dye creates. 

While taking into consideration the overall fit for Miss Lily, Mr. Legendary
Leather was a little unsure since he didn't have Miss Lily available for fittings.
The Missus suggested creating an "adjustable" bandoleer. Since this hadn't 
been in his realm of thinking, it provided Mr. Legendary Leather the means
to create another unique leather item.


By adding a belt-like fitting to the shoulder of each bandoleer, Miss Lily would be
able to make adjustments to fit her costuming. If she chose to wear the bandoleers
over a jacket, she could adjust the strap. 


Mr. Legendary Leather also added a heart concho that he attached to a chicago screw.
This allowed for movement at the bottom of each bandoleer which would allow
it to sit more comfortably on its owner.

Now we really wish we had a picture of Miss Lily wearing her new set of bandoleers,
however because Mr. Legendary Leather made these unique adjustments to his creation,
it allowed him to "test" the set by wearing them in a costume contest at Calico Ghost Town's Calico Days. Oddly enough, Mr. Legendary Leather placed third in his category. 


Thank you very much to Miss Lily for puttin' her trust in Mr. Legendary
Leather's creative skills!




Monday, July 20, 2015

PIRATESPICE . . .

im • merse (verb) 1. involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest.
        cos • play (noun) 1. the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book,
or video game.
 
I've mentioned before how WesternSpice loves to immerse
herself in cosplay/roleplay. Always thinking of new ideas to
add to her costumes. Once again, she had a special request
for Mr. Legendary Leather. For the Pirate Invasion event
held last month, she wanted some type of small belt pouch
to hold her phone and "pirate treasures"
 
 
 
The collaboration between Mr. Legendary Leather and "PirateSpice" was a
unique one. As usual, WesternSpice explains her design and then Mr. Legendary
Leather begins production. The removable leg strap is what sets this pouch
apart from others made by Mr. Legendary Leather.
 
 
The removable leg strap allows for costume adjustments and preferences.
For the Pirate Invasion event, WesternSpice chose to remove the leg strap.
 
 
She was very happy with the end result for her "Mary Read" costume.
Shown here with "Anne Bonny" (right), the backstory for the two
is an interesting one and makes for perfect cosplay costumes.


Monday, July 6, 2015

ARTISAN MEETS ARTIST . . .



As you know, Mr. Legendary Leather and Westernspice like to seize
any opportunity to play "dress-up". When at an event, each usually goes
their separate ways to explore their own tastes. While attending WonderCon
this past spring, Mr. Legendary Leather came upon an artist's booth that he
recognized from his "Dia de los Muertos" board on Pinterest. The artist was
out of the booth at the time, however his wife recognized Mr. Legendary
Leather's outfit as one from SASS. Knowing that her husband was
interested, she insisted on Mr. Legendary Leather coming back to
the booth a little later to meet her husband . . . and that's how the
mutual admiration society of Mr. Legendary Leather and David
Lozeau began. Artisan and artist.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/445574956855487520/
 
 This print titled "The Cattle Raid" was pinned by Mr. Legendary
Leather a year ago. He never imagined that he would end up
meeting the artist . . .
 
http://www.davidlozeau.com/pages/about-david-lozeau
 
. . . nor could he have imagined that David Lozeau would request a
set of custom holsters from Mr. Legendary Leather. The two agreed
upon a design that would be used to create a strong-side right holster
and a right cross-draw holster.
 

http://www.davidlozeau.com/blogs/diadelosmuertosandbeyond/35159493-i-got-a-sneak-peek-of-the-progress-being-made-on-my-hand-tooled
 
 It isn't until the holsters are side by side, front and back
that you can tell the difference between a strong-side and cross-draw . . .
 

 
Mr. Legendary Leather will soon be mailing these beauties
off to David Lozeau.
 
 
In the meantime, if you want to see some great artwork, you need to
check out Dave's website www.DavidLozeau.com
 
http://www.davidlozeau.com/
 
Much thanks to Dave for puttin' his trust in Mr. Legendary Leather's craftsmanship!

Monday, June 29, 2015

HARD WORK MAKES FOR A GOOD END RESULT . . .

The Missus has always been proud of Mr. Legendary Leather's
creations. I've always claimed to be his number one fan. After
knowin' each other for 35 years, the discussions we have might
seem a bit heated and it may not show at times, but I'll be the
first to jump into a conversation braggin' about his work.
 
While vending at The Cowboy events, the Legendary Leather Clan
has met quite a few new characters and is proud to call them friends.
 
 
One such friend - we'll call him Mountain Man Dave, because when we
first met him, he was dressed in mountain man gear - showed up while
we were vending last fall. Mr. Legendary Leather was surprised when
Mountain Man Dave requested a pair of  custom made spur straps
from Mr. Legendary Leather. What?! Was he changing his style
 to western? Turns out that Mountain Man Dave was going to be
riding a horse in the Hollywood Christmas Parade
and was in need of spur straps.
 

 
The request was for "B Movie Western" style spur straps, which means
black dye. Black dye usually requires a few coats because, when dry,
streaks are often visible. Mountain Man Dave provided the 3" conchos.
 
The next time we saw Mountain Man Dave, he was wearin' a big old
sombrero and those mighty fine spur straps. He was so happy with his
spur straps, he then requested two one-holster rigs to match them.
Now this is the part where the Missus starts gushin' about hubby's
leather work. Not only did he have to deal with several layers of black
dye, but he also had to hand sew cartridge loops (45 LC) for both belts,
hand sew two holsters, and hand sew the lining into both belts.
Trust me, that's a lot of hand sewing!
 

 
But you can't tell me that those belts aren't some of the finest western
gear you've ever seen. Mountain Man Dave was mighty satisfied -
and you'll never guess what he's planning to do next. He's going to
add a Scottish flair to his costume! We're not sure when we'll
be able to get a picture of the finished get-up, however in the mean
time, we'll need to work on a new alias name for Mountain Man
Dave - how about "Scotty McDave"?


Sunday, May 31, 2015

MARVEL COMICS ROLEPLAY . . .

I know y'all remember how the Missus mentioned how Westernspice
likes to roleplay. And ya'll remember how she depends on Mr. Legendary
Leather to help her with any "leather needs" she may have, right? Well,
for this year's WonderCon, Westernspice wanted to dress up as

 
This meant carrying a leather briefcase and sporting a shoulder
holster for her replica 1911 45 caliber.
 

 
Mr. Legendary Leather complains nonstop but really enjoys helping
Westernspice when she needs to "spice" up her costumes.
 
All in all, the leather additions are what really transformed
Westernspice into Agent Peggy Carter, wouldn't you agree?
 
  


Saturday, May 23, 2015

HE'S GOT LEGS, HE KNOWS HOW TO USE THEM . . .

Recognize those "modified" lyrics from ZZ Top? Well, Mr. Legendary
Leather does and he's created some mighty fine half chaps for those legs.
 
 
In refining his Pancho Villa costume . . .
 
http://www.wpclipart.com/famous/warriors/Poncho_Villa/Pancho_Villa_wearing_bandoliers.png.html
 
 . . . Mr. Legendary Leather wanted to create leggings that were similar
 to Antonio Banderas' interpretation of Pancho Villa in the 2003 movie
 
http://toutlecine.challenges.fr/film/0034/00349252-photos-pancho-villa.html
 
Liking the contrast of the green-colored leggings, Mr. Legendary Leather
created his own stylized version of those used in the movie.




 
So as promised in my last post, the Missus has delivered Mr. Legendary Leather's
latest (and long-awaited) in his leggings/half chaps creations.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

True to form, Mr. Legendary Leather has continued on the
trail creating more bags. Variety is the spice of life and if our
garage is any indication, we've got as many bags as you can
name spices! The Missus has picked a few of her favorites to share.
 
 
This wild bunch is no where near as detailed as the Missus' last post,
however, Mr. Legendary Leather did manage to sneak in another
one of his favorite skull designs . . .
 
 
 
 . . . for the skull design on his barrel shaped suede bag, Mr. Legendary
Leather created a stencil. He then simply painted over the stencil with leather dye.
 
 
For his hairy hide pouch, he stitched the pieces together creating the pouch
inside out (not unlike making a pillow). The laughs started when the time
came to turn the pouch right side out. Mr. Legendary Leather was a bit worried
at first, but after man-handling the hide, he managed to beam with pride while
showing the clan his finished product.
 
 
That hairy hide seems no worse for wear after wrestling with Mr. Legendary Leather!
 
Many hopes from the Missus that Mr. Legendary Leather will have passed
through the 'bag phase' by time the next post comes around.! Either way, I do
believe I will have a mighty fine pair of half chaps (leggings) to share with you all.


Blog Archive

COMMENT REGARDING MARBLES BLADE AND BLACK FLORAL CARVED SHEATH SET:

Kate from New Hampshire says, "I featured your Bowie Knife with Leather Sheath in a Treasury (Etsy) called "When Men Were Men." Fabulous item!

Marbles Blade and Black Floral Carved Sheath Set

COMMENT REGARDING COWBOY CARVED LEATHER SPUR STRAPS SET:

Anonymous from Mt. Pleasant says, "These straps are so beautiful! . . . these are truly beautiful . . .
Steph from the UK says, "These are stunners! Your work is beautiful."

Cowboy Carved Leather Spur Straps Set

Cowboy Carved Leather Spur Straps Set (boot and spurs not included)

COMMENT REGARDING COWGIRL LEATHER CUFF SET:

Cissy from Colorado says, "Very nice work!"

Cowgirl Leather Cuffs Set

A closer look at Cowgirl Leather Cuffs Set

SPECIAL REQUESTS AND PROJECTS . . .

Requirin' the creative , craftin' expertise that Mr. Legendary Leather is admired fer:

Thanks to the 'Michigan Kid' for the Special Request for a left handed replica holster to match an existing holster.

Much thanks to the 'Recruiter' for his Special Request to create a plain sheath for his large scimitar-shaped carving knife.

Special Request Surprise for WesternSpice

Elk Bone Handled Knife and Sheath Set (Donation to SASS "Ambush")

Special Project for WesternSpice. Make a new holster to match an old gun belt (not available for purchase)

Special Request by Mountain Man Bob to replace knife handle and create a matching sheath (SOLD)

Jeff Morgan Knife with Mr. Legendary Leather Sheath Set (Not available for purchase)

Special Request by Frontier Rose for a Replacement Plant/Pot Holder

Special Request by Mr. Hit Factor for a holster to hold a S&W K-frame 22 revolver.

Special Request by Tupelo Flash (SOLD)

Special Request by Sinistral Kid for a Replica Holster (SOLD)

Carved Spur Straps Set (Donation to SASS "Gunfight Behind the Jersey Lilly")

Special Request by the Missus: Carved Sheath for Paring Knife.

WesternSpice Design Adapted by Mr. Legendary Leather (Special Project)

Spur Strap Set Original Design by Mr. Legendary Leather: Mighty Fine "Thanks" to Trabuco Tilly

Special Project: Mighty Fine "Thanks" to Mr. Hot Tamale

Special Request by The Dakota Kid (SOLD)

Another Request by The Dakota Kid for Two Antler Handled Knives with Plain Sheaths. A Mighty Fine "Thanks" to The Dakota Kid!

Customer's Request for a 22 LR Cartridge Belt (SOLD)

A closer view of customer's request for a 22 LR Cartridge Belt (SOLD)

High Plains Carved Spur Straps Set (Donation to SASS "Ambush" - boots and spurs not included)

A different view of High Plains Carved Spur Straps Set (Donation to SASS "Ambush")

The "Wild Game Hunter" Special (Special Project): Mighty Fine "Thanks" to Mr. Wild Game Hunter

Special Request by Mountain Man Bob for sheath encasement to cover old sheath (SOLD)

Special Request by Mountain Man Bob to add belt insertion resulting in a lengthened belt (SOLD)

Request by Mountain Man Bob for a Fur Trade/Buffalo Hunt Reenactment Sheath (SOLD)

Buckskin Leather/Fabric Western Style Vest (Special Request by Mr. Top Brass in Arizona)

Monogrammed Holster for Small Semi-Automatic Pistol (Special Request by Mr. Top Brass in Arizona - pistol not included)

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