Northwest Houston Leather Guild

I am very happy to say that our kickoff meeting of the Northwest Houston Leather Guild was a resounding success. Once we introduced ourselves and our specialty, the meeting gravitated to some real importance.

Those of us that responded to Sam’s request to bring some of our work were rewarded with valuable constructive criticism. For me personally, it was as simple as overlooking the exposure of some flesh side of the leather. It won’t happen again.

Sam discussed how he is capable of accomplishing perfect lettering on his belts through the use of a simple yet very effective press.

Kirk Kuykendall was nice enough to bring some of his purses. This prompted numerous questions about his painting techniques which will help everyone who was there. We discussed pricing of our work, along with sources of supply for loose turquoise.

Mike Vandergriff brought a specialized holster he makes for competitive shooting. I have to tip my hat to Mike for his creativity and insightfullness. Mike brings many years of experience in this business and will quickly tell you if you are going off on wild goose chase. You may not thank him right then, but if you listen to him speak, you will benefit from his years of experience.

I also want to make note of the next Boot and Saddle Makers convention here in Texas. If you have never attended one, it is well worth the time. This meeting will be September 30 and October 1 in Wichita Falls Texas. If you are interested, read more.

If you would like to become part of our Leather Guild, regardless of your level experience, you are always welcome. Our next meeting will be the last Saturday of September (9/24/2011). You will need to RSVP to Sam Lucas at or you can RSVP me through the email page I have provided in this blog.


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