Pictured here is Julie Grizzle of the Washington State Mounted Shooters with the vest she ordered for their cowboy shooting events. Below are her words after receiving it.
Click thumbnails to enlarge.
OMG, I got my vest today and it's PERFECT!!!!! Yes, it is indeed a beautiful piece of leather, and not one flaw. Fits just right, and looks even cooler than I imagined. I absolutely love it!!!!! Your craftsmanship is beyond compare. Really a work of art, and just right for my cowboy mounted shooting outfit. I can't wait to show it off next weekend at our next event.
Many, many thanks!!!!!!!!!!
western leather vest with braiding
This vest was built with 4 oz. moccasin cowhide leather. The seams, edges, lapels, back yoke, and pockets were braided with 1/4" wide leather laces cut from the same kind of leather that the parts of the vest were cut from. It has (what I call) a draft flap across the back/bottom of it. These 3" draft flaps have become popular with my customers and I have built then in a variety of ways. This one is rather squared off - many others are done with various curves across the back/bottom.
Over the last 40 years, I've custom built hundreds of vests - you can see over 50 of them on my vest's home page. While they are all braided, that's pretty much where their similarities end. After seeing the many features I can offer, folks contact me with their own ideas/designs and we discuss how I should build one for them. Each vest ends up truly being a unique, handmade, long lasting, one of a kind piece.