SLNYC – Fabricating Leslie’s magic carpet by Stephen Berner

Creating shop bikes and personal customs is the way motorcycle fabricators show their capabilities. Fabricators are rare people, always moving forward, challenging themselves as no customer could. You will not find a true fabricator churning out “customs” all sharing the same DNA, it’s not what they do.

To be clear, someone who takes bits and pieces, and parts made elsewhere and puts a motorcycle together, is not a fabricator.

Assembler or builder maybe, call them that, because they should not be lumped together with fabricators.

The fabricator designer has to have a broad skillset. Using these skills the fabricator makes something practical, cool, safe and most importantly, that can be ridden great distances without breaking.

There are few fabrication shops around that have the skill required to take a pile of raw materials and mismatched broken parts and make something worthy of a magazine feature. It is the rare shop that can make a bike by hand that is fun to ride, that goes like stink, and that is reliable enough to road trip with.

SLNYC, located in Astoria Queens, is one of the rare shops in the NYC area that has the ability to do just that.

This tight little package of a VTwin custom is just that type of machine, borne from the uncompromising vision of the SLNYC team, stockroom and parts pile.

After a long, convoluted series of events, it came to pass that this rock solid frame, found in the SLNYC store room became the basis for this project commissioned by a friend of SLNYC– the fabulous Leslie.

With some back and forth it came to be that Alex and his partner Ralf, would have free reign to create the right bike for Leslie. By the right bike, we mean a machine tailored for her small stature, featuring as many one-off, handmade and hand fit parts as budget and time would allow.

Lets address the idea of free reign. First off – it makes total sense to give artists the freedom to do what they do if you want their best work. You are going to a motorcycle fabricator, just like you would an artist – because of what they do. What they produce drew you to them… so my advice is to let them do exactly that – their thing.

SLNYC is known for compact, tough, indestructible bikes that are well thought out and can take the abuse that the streets of NYC dish out. To get going Alex and Ralf took this beautiful Acme Choppers frame and took an inch or so out of the rear loop. Keeping in step with the SLNYC ethos, which is make as much as possible, take no shortcuts or easy ways out, the story of this machine began in earnest.

Since budget in one-way shape or form is almost always an issue, being crafty helps. When you can’t throw dollars at a challenge, it helps to have talent to call upon. Having two talented machinist/ fabricators such as Alex and Ralf on the SLNYC team allows the shop to do many things most would find impossible – or prohibitively expensive.

SLNYC likes to surprise and well, surprise! modern, H-D Street Glide rims. I mean, who uses these fugly as heck dudes on a custom build? No one, that’s who. Not only does SLNYC have the vision, they find a way to use what’s on hand to make it happen. Surprise, surprise, these rims, look great in this application and are clearly at home.

With 29 degrees of rake, the bike stands tall and with SLNYC cutting out an inch in back. The machine handles tight, super tight actually: think BMX bike tight. Talking tight, take a good look at the bike in profile. Do you see any extraneous space? See any open areas with hanging stuff? No you don’t because there is not one iota of spare of space in the frame. This is one ultra tight and compact machine.

H-D, S&S , SLNYC and Morris Magneto – those are the only names you need to know when it comes to the engine. SLNYC took a set of H-D barrels, turned them down to rounds and so, once again – a stock part was tweaked by hand to be made cooler than hell.

SLNYC assembled and tuned every last bit of the engine, insuring reliability and performance.

With performance to the tune of 110hp at the rear wheel, stuffed in a featherweight rigid frame, you know this machine rips and leaps off the line. Check the box on “go”.

Designing the bike to be a hand-shifter (thereby forcing Leslie to learn the wily ways of hand shifting, in NYC no less) is just one of the uncompromising details that SLNYC bakes into their machines. No nonsense, no extra weight, less reciprocating mass.. The only concession is the electric start setup.

Appearance-wise this bike is full of surprises and contrasts. Start with the clean stainless steel bars with built in kill switch. The Pradke-painted tanks look beautiful, flawless even. The “painta’d” gas caps siting on top create that visual tension between new and old, tough and fine.

As an example of challenging oneself, I direct you to round air cleaner: looking at it and your eye will walk on by – but if you know what’s what – you will recognize that although this cover is now a round, it sure as hell didn’t start off that way. Hey now!

Many air cleaner covers were brutalized in the making of this one perfectly round cover. Taking every teardrop air cleaner he could find in the shop, Alex cut, beat, ground, welded and buffed into submission the bits and pieces that required to satisfy his vision, creating the flawless result you see– a round “genuine” S&S air cleaner.

This custom detail is huge, and looks so well done, so subtle, so flawless that you eye passes it by: that’s the nature of an SLNYC bike. The shame of it is that only those who know what they are looking at seem to understand, most don’t get it, and that’s ok.

In a way that air cleaner epitomizes the work that SLNYC produces – so much damn work, so clean, thoughtful, subtle and well done that it looks natural, as if it was “borne” that way. These guys set out to challenge themselves with each and every project, never taking the easy way out. If they can make it, they do, if its possible to surprise you, they will.

All of the machined brass highlights were Alex’s work . Ralf took on fabbing a few goodies: the stainless axle with the square cap, rear exhaust, headlight mount and rear light mounts.   Topping off all of the fine details is the flawless paint. The subtle as hell Pradke paint job fit the concept perfectly – not too much, just enough.

Not too much, just enough, this friends and readers is what distinguishes a full out handmade custom built by professionals like Alex, Ralf, Sid and Josh @ SLNYC.

No crap, no geegaws, no indulgences – simply a beautiful, well designed, flawlessly fabricated safe to ride machine that can take on the unforgiving, mean streets of NYC.

And in closing, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of splitting the narrow and dangerous lanes of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, you’ll know just what this means, and how important it is.

‘nuff said.

 

GENERAL:

 Fabrication:  SL NYC

 Year, Make & Model:  2016 SL NYC

Assembly/Built by:  SL NYC

How long did It take?;  364 Days

Notes: 

FORKS:

Builder:  SL NYC

Type:   Telscopic

Triple Trees:  HD

Extension:  None

Special Features:

ENGINE:

Year/Model:  2016

Rebuilder:  SLNYC

Displacement:  107 ci

Lower End: type/set up builder  JIMS

Balancing: yes/no/who  JIMS

Pistons: what type/mfg/special features   CP Performance

Cases:  Ultima

Heads: mfg/set up/features/special parts  Ultima

Cams: grind/mfr     625 lift/S&S

Lifters:  S&S

EFI/Carb: Make/model/special features  S&S Super G

Air Cleaner: mfr  SL NYC

Pipes;  SL NYC

Ignition: mag/points/etc  MORRIS MAG

Special Features:

Transmission:

Year: modifications  1979 HD

Engine: Sprocket 

Trans Sprocket:  #of teeth/material  23 Tootj

Wheel Sprocket: # of teeth/material  48 Tooth

Primary Drive: Gearing/Type     Belt

Secondary Drive:  Chain or Belt type/length   Chain

FRAME:

Year: 2015

Designer/Builder:   ACME FRAME; highly modified by SL NYC

Type:  Rigid

Material/Diameter:  Steel

Rake & Stretch:   None

ACCESSORIES:

Bars:   SL NYC/ 1″ into 7/8″

Risers:  HD

Fenders:  SL NYC

Headlight:   UNITY

Taillight:  SL NYC

Speedo:  None

Front Pegs:  SL NYC

Rear Pegs:  SL NYC

Electrics:

Gas Tank:  3.5 Gallon HD/SL NYC

Oil Tank:  SL NYC

Oil System:   S&S Oil Pump

Seat: Lock Baker/Eastern Fabrication

Kickstand:   Leafspring by Lock Baker/Eastern Fabrication

WHEELS:

Front/Size:  16″  HD RIM

Hub:

Rear/ Size:  16″  HD RIM

Hub:

Tires:  AVON

Brakes:   Tokico

Painting:

Bodywork/Molding:

Painter:  Robert Pradke / Custom Auto Design

Color:

Mfr/Type:

Chroming/Powdercoating:  Powdercoating by Arcane Moto

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What the world needs now is…. not this.

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new, improved and designed by the Borg

The Hypercharger -ah yes. It’s a well known and recognized bolt on H-D accessory that was gestated in the 1990’s – and widely mocked by most everyone I know. It was reminiscent of a JC Whitney part that belonged on a VW, not on a H-D , with its faux performance promise.

I always thought the Hypercharger was a mistake – like a bad set of fakies, akin to a hollow Magnusson supercharger coming out of the hood of a Dodge Dart with a pussycat slant 6.  Just bad – all fake and riffing off of the wrong cues.
Cyril Huze, proclaimed influencer, taste maker and pundit, shares on his blog about the newly “reimagined” and infamous, but oft-reviled Hypercharger (thumbnail above) in context of a Donnie Smith custom bagger for Sturgis :

One of the main focal points on the purpose-built bagger is the freshly reimagined Hypercharger™ ES air cleaner. Symbolizing the evolution of one of Kuryakyn’s most iconic products, the Hypercharger ES features a radical new design with state-of-the-art electronic throttle response butterfly engagement. The integrated servomotor actuates the butterflies with every twist of the throttle, creating an interactive experience with the motorcycle that’s unlike anything available.

I think I barfed a little.

I can almost forgive Donnie Smith, it’s business and this is a big accessory company that has influence… and so he needs to play ball – they are the customer and Sturgis is a big deal money wise, but really a Hypercharger?

I was hoping the company with all of its girth, internationality and resources could have moved on and created something really new, cool and of value from both utilitarian and performance perspectives.

The Hypercharger has been a visual barnicular sore on the carb side of amateur bolt on custom jobs since the 1990’s. It needs to go away – and the people who think it’s a beauty of a bolt on accessory need to be reeducated.

Go get thee some innovation and fresh ideas – eh?

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Vanguard Moto Inc

I was asked on LinkedIN: What do you think of this venture? I’d be interested in your perspective as a businessman, an industry writer, and avid rider. I find their design concept interesting.

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As far as an investment, well… Continue reading

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Shoplight: Pop’s Garage Fab

Nick Erickson

Nick Erickson

First off – here is a URL in case you want to educate yourself prior to consuming this bit of content. http://www.popsgaragefab.com/

Instagram: http://www.popsgaragefab.com/instagram

I met and got to know Nick Erickson, the builder and proprietor of Pop’s Garage Fab (PGF) though three different. but yet all related people: Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studio, Satya Kraus and the OG himself.

There are all sorts of stories to tell about Nick and his company PGF – the man and the machines…. and two of these stories you will see get told in the coming months in American Iron Magazine – and so  – they can’t be dressed just yet, for fear of “scooping the print media”..lol.

I’ve ridden two of PGF’s FXR machines – the iconic Blue Girl and the Husky Bike, and i can say this – they are fun as hell. They handle great, stop great, look great and are just plain old cool as shit. Pop’s Garage Fab only uses the best hardware and components and won’t settle for anything less than perfect fitment, so – you know the bikes are right and tight.

But there is other stuff going on there too and I will be sharing some of it here over time.

If you like what you see and want to get a hold of Nick: here is the info.
…….and tell him you saw his work here…..

NICK@POPSGARAGEFAB.COM
Tel: 770-905-5990

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Thoughts on Daytona BikeWeek 2017.

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Daytona Beach – BikeWeek – a tradition worth supporting or one worth abandoning?

I was reminded by a flurry of Daytona/BikeWeek stuff percolating online that the storied event is coming up quick. Cyril Huze mentions it (http://cyrilhuzeblog.com/2017/03/08/2017-bike-week-custom-baggers-indian-demos-displays-giveways/) and I’ve seen a few other blurts out in the public record.

I know that @expozzz and the EastCoastin Crew will be there  – along with the The Hijinx man himself https://motorcycles458.wordpress.com/ and his sidekick @OGpattyo (https://www.instagram.com/ogpattyo/)  I have a feeling all these guys will be working it hard – they are not your average sightseeing enthusiasts. Continue reading

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Mr. Crabs, the Butterfly Change Dish/ Valet by steveb leatherworks

OK, leather fans, I have something for you to consider – the Front Door Key/Change Dish/ Valet. When you come in your front door – what do you do? Do you dump your keys, phone, sunglasses in a drawer, leave them on a table top, put ’em in a dish (my households solution) or some other inglorious nuisance of a spot that lacks panache?

The same can also be said of your “dressing spot/bureau/dresser” another catch-all of hard to wrangle or categorize stuff. The cure is a Valet!

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This Front Door Key/Change Dish/ Valet measures 6.75 long by 6.75″ (pretty square) . It’s 1″ deep and is perfectly sized for a few sets of keys, a wallets, glasses and phone – perfect for 1 persons junk, or on top of a bureau to hold the stuff you dump from your pockets or purse at the end of the day.
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The color overall is a great walnut complimented by a natural russet color, the materials are doubled up throughout – this is one heavy duty, deeply carved piece of leathercraft with a design I know you have NOT seen before!- this will be an heirloom you’ll pass down for generations, I shit thee not.
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I used #9 copper stake rivets as well brass Chicago screws – when hardware was required. The bottom is as nice as the top is…. with that said, thje bottom is insane, the result when swivel knife meets with veg tan with a dose of Rowans Creek on the rocks to make it happen ultra loose!

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The leather panel on the bottom was some of the toughest, nastiest most ornery 10oz (thick) veg tan, that I bought some years ago, hoping it’d tame itself and become workable. Well it did and this is the result -it is KILLER, really holds the patterns and impression wonderfully. Sometimes leather is like cigars, you need to let it rest before it shows its true nature. and this is the bottom mind you!

The outside “walls” of this unit are made of a beautiful chrome tan burgundy, lined on the inside with some beautiful Langlitz black cowhide (used for jackets) of impeccable quality. this sandwich is both glue and stitched.

If you need a bigger or deeper “dish”, I can make one – for a clubhouse or big hallway! just ask

I use oil dyes for my work, so the color mellows with age and takes on a great patina. This is a good looking unusual piece which will get you lots of comments and it is entirely hand made, by me, right here in the USA.
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Holiday Discount On All Goods in My Store, until 12/26/14

It’s been a really good year. I feel lucky,
I’ve certainly, like all of you – had my fair share of challenges, but all in all, it’s been good.

So, I was mulling over the who, why,whats, where and hows over the past year in particular, and felt like it’d be a good thing to spread some cheer.
Now I can’t buy all of you a drink or a tasty snack to get happy, but I can drop my prices a bit .

So here ya have it, my first ever discount on all of the goods in my store – 10%, until 12/26/14

 

the code -> steveb10off

enjoy!!

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The Throne-istan Hand Tooled Toilet Seat by steveb leatherworks

REPEAT!@ : rant mode on: so the holidays are coming and the shopping season is revving up into high gear.

Now I know that many of the gifts we get for folks are “must haves – like droopy drawers”, but in the instances where you are buying a discretionary gift – please consider voting with your wallet for the American small business person and hand craftspeople who depend on your vote.

Support craftspeople not because you feel pity for them in their “David & Goliath” battle for your wallets attention in the shopping season,  but because you want to give a high quality, unique, handmade gift, that is made right here in the USA, by an American’s own two hands
Buying unique gifts this way does a lot of good for all involved and you can be assured, at least from me anyway, that you are getting my best effort and that I will work with you to insure you are happy – and most of all, that the recipient of the item I make, will be thrilled.

Screw Walmart and the “made somewhere else” shit we’ve been taught to buy and accept. Support American, support the crafts and support, the talented people that will bust their ass to make sure you are happy, and appreciate the hell out of your support.

ok, that’s that – so anyway……..

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The Throne-istan Hand Tooled Toilet Seat by steveb leatherworks

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The Throne-istan is a killer style trend just a waiting to happen. Be the first on your block, or in the world for that matter with a steveb leatherworks hand-tooled oak, toilet seat. This is the first one out of the shop and based on the amount of work (and mess), they will be a limited edition offering.

Now to be specific – the seat itself is not tooled (I’ve been told by my Litigation and Leagality dept, that’d be gross) – but the seat lid has a hand tooled, leather, inlaid inset. I used a router to relieve the top of the seat so the double thick 10oz. leather panel lays flush with the lid top. This is one thick and heavy leather construction – you can feel it in the lid.. With the panel laying flush, i made a leather bezel that is both glued and nailed (using upholstery nails).
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The colors on this seat are cool and kooky, they shift chameleon like depending on the color and nature of the light that hits it. If you have a toilet near a window – this would be the spot to put this piece of art – with light hitting this lid – it is insane- truly one of a kind coloration. I don’t know if I could duplicate it if I wanted to. There is a lot going on, with fades, masks, etc.

The stamping style I invented is something that you just won’t see anywhere else. I have a distinctive style that uses basic and traditional Western/Sheridan Style carving in unusual and unique ways. It riffs off of Western, dabbles with native American arts, Polynesian design and has a splash of biker thrown in for durability in construction and clarity of purpose.
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Now with all that said, if you wanted a custom Throne-istan: let me know.

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The Thunders Redux – a 1.75″ wide custom leather belt by SteveB Leatherworks

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The Thunders Redux is a custom, one-off belt, ready to be tailored to your waist measurements – around the brass buckle pictured. This belt will accommodate up to a 40″ measurement – using the diagram I have provided. I will tailor the belt to your size, before it is shipped to you.

>>>>>>>>>BUY IT HERE<<<<<<<<<

Folks wonder how I come up with some of the names for my goods. Really, I have no clue, they just come to me. Part of my approach might be tipping my hat to the unnecessary seriousness and drama that enter our lives from every nook and cranny. I try to be a little silly, I suppose in reaction to it all. I will say this about the Thunders redux though – I was listening to Johnny Thunders last album, So Alone when I was making it… so maybe I channeled a little Walter Lure into its construction.

The Thunders Redux has a wild mahogany & burgundy kind of coloration. It is very cool, very different and kind of subtle in a uniquely obvious way- it also has my usual black edge and white thread..this is a heavy duty belt, made from 12oz Domestically tanned leather.!

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The Thunders Redux has a cool keeper, that holds the tip of the belt (the billet) that has matching white thread and the same unique, compelling coloration.

This belt has been cut from the very best domestically made 12oz (very thick), vegetable tanned leather. The belt is lined with mission grain pigskin and stitched with domestically sourced nylon thread, giving it a resilience to stretching, sweating and wear. I use only the best dyes, hardware and threads – and a ton of information is available on my web site.

I started a new thing with the Thunders Redux, I sandwich a strip of vinyl – that doesn’t stretch – ever – and never loses its integrity – in the center of the belt, between the veg tan and the mission grain pigskin. This belt will never stretch, it will never deform! Want to bet my peers begin introducing this “new” innovation – ha! Honestly, I got the sandwich idea from the way luggage is constructed. Adding this step adds some complexity in assembling and stitching, but its worth it, this belt will be bullet proof.

I use Fiebings oil dyes for my work, so the color mellows with age and takes on a great patina. This is a good looking piece which will get you lots of comments and it is entirely hand made, by me, right here in the USA.

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The Zion – a beautiful & durable case for paper maps & other stuff from SteveB Leatherworks

DSC_5822 DSC_5823 DSC_5831 DSC_5844 DSC_5847This is a good gift for the guy or gal who needs “not a thing” and travels on a bike, or drives and digs paper maps. The SteveB map case is good looking unit, perfect for the saddlebag, under your car seat, in the door pouch, etc. You can put maps, a GPS (egads), a pad a few hi-liters, a lighter in it, like I do – and it is super duper really neato , in a utilitarian manner, of course.

Perfect (if i may dare say), its measurements are :(closed) 4.5 x 10 x 1.5

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This unit is made from gorgeous and tough chrome-tanned leather, the very same leather that Langlitz jackets are made from (go look up Langlitz if ya don’t git it!). This is one tough case that will hold just the right amount of map-age you’ll ever need on a road trip and you can even stuff other stuff in it too, honest!

The case is fully lined with a heavyweight deerskin, the leather is heavier than I am accustomed to using and its, glued and stitched AND riveted with burr & stake rivets. It is an overkill unit and even the snaps are doubled up and tight brass Line24 snaps.

The deerskin lining came from a fellow leather-crafters shop. This gentleman was killed on his bike by a teenage texter – let that be a warning to us.  I helped his widow sort through and find homes for some of his equipment (am still doing that)… and out of 100+ pieces of quality leather he had squirreled away for future use, this was the ONLY piece that survived basement storage – the rest was moldy and basically hazardous – what a shame.

So – i thought to myself, what the hell am i going to do with this heavy deerskin? How could i best pay homage to this 2-wheel, leathercrafting peer of mine? How could i accord him ongoing respect and even better – let his spirit tag along on great 2-wheel adventures? I KNOW my map cases travel far and wide and thought this would be the perfect medium for spirit and karmic transportation.
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So – if you are lucky enough to purchase one of these map cases – i expect you to use it and ride with it on your bike – you’ll have a biker spirit, a good man, a family guy and a leathercrafter with you – if that’s not cool, pass on the bag – i want these to go to real riders and travelers. I’ve even put a map in it to get you started…….

And just saying…I have tried to kill an early prototype of this bag design and after 6 years, it continues to take a good licking in the tourpak and truck in the off season.

I have happy customers, please take a look:

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The Split – a very custom, one-off, Bass or Guitar Strap

The Split – a very custom, one-off, Bass or Guitar Strap

SEE IT HERE:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/208920981/the-split-guitar-bass-guitar-strap-ready?

I’ve started  applying the same style of decoration and construction to instrument straps that I have to my belts – and I have to say,  the results are good.

I was trying to get a type of Fender, tobacco sunburst look and I think I came close – and the color looks even better in person. I’ve top coated this sucker pretty seriously, so it comes to you with a nice shine that I hope you’ll scuff up and wear off!

Its made of tough 8-10oz veg tan leather that I’ve lined with black “jacket” leather – the same thick stuff that Langlitz uses – tough and soft. Ive stitched it on my new machine with 277 white thread and the rear strap has a beautiful buckle with a cool set of keepers attached that i can mount to the spot that makes the most sense, given your specific measurements – meaning – this strap will be tailored to you. I am going to put it together with the pieces you see here  – so you can be sure I will accommodate your range of frequently used lengths. If you use a wireless rig, we can figure out how best to secure it for you…


The brass buckle is a solidly made sweetie that will patina up just right, the same stuff that Dooney & Bourke (fancy handbag makers) uses!

The front strap (thick part that goes from the front of your instrument to over your shoulder ) measures 3″ wide x 45″ long. I broke it into two pieces, one part is stitched with white thread, the other (on your back) is not. stitched. The rear strap measures 1″ wide by 24″ long.  The contrast stands out.

This strap is really a beauty, it’ll last lifetimes and I can set if up with strap locks if that your thing – just send them to me:  I don’t stock them, there are simply too many types. I can also punch holes in it, but i wont do that until you tell me where you want them…, its why i show the strap in pieces.

This is the shite for a bass player, but since i don’t discriminate, I’d say it it’ll also kick butt for a 6-stringer too!

I have happy customers, please take a look:

http://steveb.biz/notes/

for more general info:

http://steveb.biz/info.html

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The Blue Sky Clipboard – something special from SteveB Leatherworks

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I start with a good quality, standard size 9×12″ clipboard. Its then wrapped in two pieces of leather – a piece of 10-12oz vegetable tan leather on the bottom and a, piece of 6oz vegetable tan leather on top (the writing surface).

The top of the board is absolutely naked – and its veg tan leather, so it will get marked and scarred up from use. The back is carved, top coated and it feels good to the hand and the two pieces of leather wrapped around this weight clipboard feels just right.

The back of the clipboard has a great sun design carved into its surface. I like how this clipboard looks and feels, it’s very cool – it’s very different. I hope you like it too.

I glued the bejeez out of all the pieces and stitched the circumference with white 277 thread – total overkill – typical for me. Glue would have been more than sufficient and alot easier.

If you know a person whose a clipboarder, this is the shnizz – just for them. Far classier than the plastic POS they’ve been carrying, I mean , this is really something

I have happy customers, please take a look:

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for more general info:

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The Moe Rockin – a 1.75″ wide custom leather belt from SteveB Leatherworks

DSC_1299DSC_1303DSC_1314DSC_1318DSC_1325The Moe Rockin – a 1.75″ wide custom leather belt<BUY IT HERE

This is a full-custom belt, ready to be tailored to your waist measurements – around the brass buckle pictured.
I will tailor the belt to your size, based on the measurement in the listing, before it is shipped to you.

The Moe Rockin has a wild super deep maroony brown and red/oxblood/ burgundy kind of coloration.
This is a heavy duty belt, made from 10oz Domestically tanned leather.! Badassedness personified, it be cool!

It’s been cut from the very best domestically made 10oz , vegetable tanned leather, and lined with mission grain pigskin and stitched
with domestically sourced nylon thread, giving it a resilience to stretching, sweating and wear.
I use only the best dyes, hardware and threads – and a ton of information is available on my web site.

 

The Moe Rockin – a 1.75″ wide custom leather belt<BUY IT HERE
DETAILS of this belt:

The Moe Rockin is 1.75″ wide, the buckle is solid brass. OR – I can use your own buckle if it will accept a thick 1.75″ belt billet…
I attach the buckle with Chicago screws so if you ever want to change up the buckle on your own, you’ll be able to.
within reason.

I have happy customers, please take a look:

http://steveb.biz/notes/

for more general info:

http://steveb.biz/info.html

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WWW.LEATHER BLOG
http://steveb.biz
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The Moe Rockin – a 1.75″ wide custom leather belt<BUY IT HERE

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The Courteous Courtesan – a 1.75″ wide custom leather belt

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BUY IT HERE:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/196997441/the-courteous-courtesan-a-175-wide?

This is a custom, one-off belt, ready to be tailored to your waist measurements – around the brass buckle pictured here, unless you have one that fits, that you’d rather use. I will tailor the belt to your size, before it is shipped to you – ready to wear out of the box.

The Courteous Courtesan has a brown color. It is very cool, very different and kind of subtle, but uniquely obvious way – it also has my trademark black edge and white thread..this is a heavy duty belt, made from 10oz domestically tanned leather.! Badassedness personified, it be cool!

This belt has been cut from vegetable tanned leather and is lined with mission grain pigskin. stitched with domestically sourced nylon thread, giving it a resilience to stretching, sweating and wear. I use only the best dyes, hardware and threads – and a ton of information is available on my web site.

http://steveb.biz/info.html

DETAILS of this belt:
The Courteous Courtesan is 1.75″ wide, the buckle is solid brass. OR – I can use your own buckle if it will accept a thick 1.75″ belt billet… I attach the buckle with Chicago screws so if you ever want to change up the buckle on your own, you’ll be able to.

I also make knife and tool sheaths from heavy weight vegetable tanned cowhide. I’ve made guitar straps, leashes and wristbands – all with a different look and design as your commonly used to seeing. If you’re looking for something you don’t see, ask. I am always up for a challenge, within reason.

I have happy customers, please take a look:

http://steveb.biz/notes/

for more general info:

http://steveb.biz/info.html

Steveb’s Channels
WWW.LEATHER BLOG
http://steveb.biz
ETSY STORE
https://www.etsy.com/shop/stevebleatherworks
INSTAGRAM
http://instagram.com/steveb_leatherworks#
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Belt Key Fob – 1977 Penny Fob Series

Looking for a cool gift idea? Something that wont break the bank. but will add a bit of panache to someones overall presentation?     BUY IT HERE<

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This is a unique, one of a kind belt/key fob. You can attach wallet chains, key rings or other stuff to it, it’s a nice change from the “norm”. The color is a burgundy, maroon deal with a black edge and white thread.

The hardware is brass – a traditional type of hook and trigger design – a lot of folks simply love these types of clasps for keys. and so – here they are! Its an old school design for sure – lots of “supers” have ’em. These good ones have a swivel.

I’ve been working on coming up with a variety of designs for fobs and this is the 5th generation. I’ve only made a few of these, so if you like ’em, come and get ’em – I won’t make this design again – this is the extent of the hardware I’ve got.

The year of the penny is- > 1977

Each of these Fobs has a one of a kind domed old copper penny , something that you will not see anywhere else. The attachment for the brass key clip is a doubled up piece of chrome tan leather and mission grain pigskin that has been glued and stitched together with a simple purple thread. – very subtle, very strong.

These fobs are lined on the side that faces your belt. the rear strap is natural veg tan that wont mark or mar your pants – these stinkers will last a lifetime and look perfect as they age., This is a nice looking accessory for your belt – different enough to be noticed, cool enough to be distinctive.

They are tight to your belt, things only do one thing over time… loosen up.. so i figure that a bit tight in the beginning means you’ll have it a good long time. so – no bitching that its tight – i know.

I also make knife and tool sheaths from heavy weight vegetable tanned cowhide. I’ve made guitar straps, leashes and wristbands – all with a different look and design as your commonly used to seeing. If you’re looking for something you don’t see, ask. I am always up for a challenge, within reason.

I have happy customers, please take a look:

http://steveb.biz/notes/

for more general info:

http://steveb.biz/info.html

Steveb’s Channels
WWW.LEATHER BLOG
http://steveb.biz
ETSY STORE
https://www.etsy.com/shop/stevebleatherworks
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The Long Brown One: steveb leatherworks belt fob

DSC_5334Warning: rant mode on: so the holidays are coming and the shopping season is revving up into high gear.

 

Now I know that many of the gifts we get for folks are “must haves – like droopy drawers”, but in the instances where you are buying a discretionary gift – please consider voting with your wallet for the American small business person and hand craftspeople who depend on your vote.

 

Support craftspeople not because you feel pity for them in their “David & Goliath” battle for your wallets attention in the shopping season,  but because you want to give a high quality, unique, handmade gift, that is made right here in the USA, by an American’s own two hands
DSC_5332Buying unique gifts this way does a lot of good for all involved and you can be assured, at least from me anyway, that you are getting my best effort and that I will work with you to insure you are happy – and most of all, that the recipient of the item I make, will be thrilled.

Screw Walmart and the “made somewhere else” shit we’ve been taught to buy and accept. Support American, support the crafts and support, the talented people that will bust their ass to make sure you are happy, and appreciate the hell out of your support.

ok, that’s that – so anyway……..

 
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The Holidays are coming and here is a reasonably priced gift idea
This is a unique, one of a kind belt/key fob.
You can attach wallet chains, key rings or other stuff to it.
It’s a nice and highly stylish change from the “norm”.

The Long Brown One has a one of a kind brass domed skull concho, that you will not see anywhere else, the attachment for the solid brass D-ring is a red latigo leather that has been wet formed and glued/stitched, The Long Brown One is a nice looking accessory for your belt – different enough to be noticed, very useful and cool enough to be distinctive.
http://steveb.biz/info.html

I also make knife and tool sheaths from heavy weight vegetable tanned cowhide. I’ve made guitar straps, leashes and wristbands – all with a different look and design as your commonly used to seeing. If you’re looking for something you don’t see, ask. I am always up for a challenge, within reason.

I have happy customers, please take a look:

http://steveb.biz/notes/

for more general info:

http://steveb.biz/info.html

Steveb’s Channels
WWW.LEATHER BLOG
http://steveb.biz
ETSY STORE
https://www.etsy.com/shop/stevebleatherworks
INSTAGRAM
http://instagram.com/steveb_leatherworks#
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