All the ‘Wright’ Stuff

Hand-built, concealed-carry leather holsters are Ohio workshop’s specialty By Lynn Ascrizzi A recent, concealed-carry holster design from Wright, called "Closer." It gives a higher ride on the body and works well with handguns with a longer barrel. What makes people take a chance and start a new business? Maybe it’s because they got a little nudge from the grandmother of all start-ups — creative dissatisfaction. This motivating mindset seems to

Techsew: Something for Everyone

By Nick Pernokas Raphael Ohayon was the founder of Raphael Sewing Machines. Raphael Ohayon started Raphael Sewing Machines in 1974, in Montreal, Canada, as a repair shop. He was also a dealer for the Singer Industrial machines that were being produced at that time. The textile and fur industries were strong in the Montreal area then and Raphael had a large pool of clients. In the 90s, local production moved

Don Gonzales: Texas Saddlemaker, Leathercraft Teacher

By Gene Fowler           Texas saddlemaker and leather artist Don Gonzales is living proof of the benefits of a family that encourages creative expression and exploration. “I grew up in the Aransas Pass and Refugio area,” he says, “down along the coast, and we had a very creative household. My mom is a nurse who creates artwork out of gourds, and my dad, who passed away in 2013, was always

Laughs and Lasts at Bell Custom Made Boots

By Johnny D. Boggs Alan Bell with his 2017 Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Bootmaker of the Year Award. Some folks might think that Alan Bell picked the wrong profession. Instead of making custom cowboy boots, which Bell has done for 40-plus years out of a one-time barbershop in Abilene, Texas, he could’ve been a stand-up comedian or a TV talk-show host. Imagine Johnny Carson (if you remember Johnny