Making a Pancake Holster With Thumb Strap for the 1911 Commander

February 8, 2017

This video demonstrates my process of making a pancake holster for the 4.25″ Commander sized 1911 with a thumb break. I start off by making the pattern, including how I dissect the pattern into individual pattern pieces.  Then I demonstrate the entire assembly process, from cutting out the leather, to burnishing (admittedly, I didn’t burnish this holster to the extent I normally would because I intended this to be my personal holster), sewing, forming, then final finishing, and tweaking the pattern for a slightly tighter fit.
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Making a Pancake Holster for the Kimber Solo Carry

January 30, 2017

This video demonstrates my process of making a pancake holster for the Kimber Solo Carry. I start off by making the pattern, including how I dissect the pattern into individual pattern pieces.  Then I demonstrate the entire assembly process, from cutting out the leather, to burnishing, sewing, forming, then final finishing. Read more →

Leica Leather Case by JnK-handworks

January 21, 2016

I’ve shared another Leica case video by JnK previously, here. Check out their new video on YouTube, showing a little more in-depth how they create a Leica leather case.


Time Lapse – Avenger Glock 43 Pattern Creation

October 5, 2015

This is a time-lapse video showing how I created a leather holster pattern for an Avenger style holster for the Glock 43. For more detailed instructions, check out our premium videos, here:

Burnishing Leather Edges

October 5, 2015

The question of “how to burnish leather edges” seems to come up on the various message boards almost daily. There’s tons of ways to do it and some are better than others, some faster, some easier, etc. This is how I burnish my leather edges and it seems to work well for me. Watch the video, or keep reading for more info…

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Making a Leather Messenger Bag

April 7, 2015

Ian Atkinson has done it again! If you’re wanting to learn how to make a leather messenger bag, check out the following videos from Ian Atkinson at Leodis Leather. Be sure to check out his Etsy page too – he has downloadable patterns, and if you’re not interested in building your own, he’ll make one for you!

Vacuum Press – See it in action!

April 7, 2015

A while back I posted an article listing the parts and pieces used in my vacuum press setup. I’ve successfully used this press roughly since the year 2010, and as of early 2015, it’s been used to form roughly 750 items using all of the original pieces, including the original bag!! If you’d like to read more about it, head over to this page. If you enjoy the video, please don’t forget to “Like” & “Subscribe”!

PayPal Payment Processing Issue

March 11, 2015

Ahh, the joys of building and maintaining your own website! This morning I received an automated email from my site saying an order was canceled. No detail, just a basic automated email. I very rarely get canceled orders (and my site doesn’t always email me when they’re canceled), but I’ve gotten a few of these in the last couple weeks. Upon further investigation, it appears my site’s shopping cart system was marking orders as canceled if the PayPal payment hadn’t processed within 60 minutes of the order being placed. I don’t know what’s causing the payment delay – perhaps those customers aren’t verified PayPal customers so there is two-step payment process?

Anyway, I made a change to my site to remove the 60 minute hold on orders. If you placed an order on my site and payment was indeed processed and deposited into my PayPal account, please, PLEASE contact me and I will (after confirmation) send your pattern to you as soon as possible and manually mark your order as complete so you’ll have access to the relevant instruction guide.

My sincere apologies for not catching this earlier.

Take care,

Eric Adams

Printed Holster Patterns and Instruction Books

January 15, 2015

We are now offering some of our more popular holster patterns in a printed version, complete with a full-color printed instruction manual. If you’d like to learn more, head over to Richard Loy’s website at Pro Edge Burnishers as he’ll be handling those orders for us.

Leather Wallets

January 4, 2015

Coming soon to ALW, we’ll soon be introducing our own line of leather wallets constructed out of premium vegetable tanned leather.  They will be a stock item, meaning we’ll make them in batches, then post them to our site with limited quantities, first come, first served, while supplies last.  We’re still working out the designs (our mock-ups will be available on the In-Stock page as they become available).   We’ll likely be offering them in Natural, Saddle Tan, Dark Brown and Black with matching thread.