I began working with leather when I was in my early twenties. At the time my wife and I were living in a small one bedroom apartment in Raleigh, NC. We had purchased our first handgun and needed a holster. I shopped around online and found several makers of high quality leather holsters but their price was more expensive than we could afford and the wait time was much longer than I could stomach.
I decided that I could make my own holster. After a little research I went down to Tandy Leather and purchased How To Make Holsters by Al Stohlman, a side of leather and a few tools. I then set about learning to saddle stitch and make a holster. A lot of cow hide later and a lot of trial and error and I eventually had a functional holster and gun belt. This began the journey on refining my craft.
Today my wife and I, along with our three children, make our home in the foothills of North Carolina in the shadow of Pilot Mountain. In the fall of 2019 our youngest children began attending school and I transistioned from Stay At Home Dad to a full time leather worker.
— Jason Paris, Maker, Pinnacle NC