Note: Colin MacDiarmid was in a serious motorcycle accident
April 27th, 2011. It will be some time before he is able to continue with his leatherwork. We will contact
those customers that have products on order, directly, to refund any payments that have been made.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to
struggling young novice rodeo competitor in the late sixties, I couldn't afford a pair of chaps for competing in the
rough stock events. Being of Scottish ancestry, I decided the most economical way of acquiring a set would be
to make my own. After some research, I became friends with the manager of a local Tandy Leather store and bought
my first basic set of leather
carving and stamping tools. I proceeded to make my first pair of chaps, as well as a trophy belt, with my name carved
(not stamped) in the back. (see photos)
By the time I attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, I had improved my skills to the point that my rodeo
team-mates and fellow school-mates started giving orders for trophy belts, chaps, and purses and wallets for
gifts for family members; This proved to be a big help in supplementing my finances as a "starving college student";
continued to be an avocation through the years, with it becoming more and more of a vocation as time went on.
After a move to Arizona in the 90', my leatherwork became a major part of my life, in addition to being a Western
retail store manager, cowboy poet and storyteller, and pursuing my love of the authentic old West. I now specialize in
authentic recreations of 1880's-1890's leather goods, particularly holsters, gun belts, gun buckets, wrist guards, etc.
that appeal to Cowboy Action Shooters and others wanting to
flavor of that period in our U.S. history. While this is the primary focus of my work these days, I will be happy
to create whatever custom work that will meet your needs. Please call so that we can discuss how I may best be able to
help you in obtaining custom crafted leather items that will bring you years of enjoyment and use.