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. 
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Hello Dave,
 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. 

 This two tone brown moccasin cowhide leather vest has front lapels, a back pointed yoke, and front patch hip pockets (without flaps). It also has two mated inside patch pockets attached with the same braiding as these outside ones. It also has a 3" back/bottom squared off (not curved) draft flap.
 This picture of the back of the vest gives a better view of the back yoke and the draft flap.
 Here the vest is laid out on a table and gives a better look as to how the draft flap is configured.
 A picture of the buyer, Julie Grizzle, wearing the vest at an event.
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 Anderson Leather Braiding 
 since 1972 

 David C. Anderson 
 1814 5th St. NE 
 Bemidji, Minnesota USA 56601 
 Telephone: (218) 751-0445 
 or my ISP andlea@paulbunyan.net