Gun Leather II

Gun Leather II
June 18 – 22, 2018

Does not include leather, which you will need to purchase when you arrive
Continuing Ed only – not for college credit


Bob Calkins

Bob Calkins

Gun leather II was created to expand methods and techniques learned by students in Basic Holster making.
This class will take students to the next level of gun leather constructions. Students will review principles
learned in Basic Holster making with emphasis on development of a gun belt, holster, and associated leather for
a complete gun rig. The remainder of the class will give students the latitude to develop projects of their choice
associated with guns, knives, and cartridge retention. Students will be required to provide their own firearms
and knives for project development.
Robert (Bob) Calkins is an active shooter, hunter and firearms collector who has made gun leather for himself,
friends, and customers for over 50 years. In 1990, he and his wife, LaVon, decided to establish 3 Cross Custom
Gunleather as a part-time business. Upon retiring from the Department of the Interior in 1994, gun leather became a fulltime
occupation. Bob crafts gun rigs for cowboy competitors, which has included State, National, and World Champion
shooters. Hunters, outdoorsmen, casual shooters, and concealed-carry holders, make up the balance of his business.
At age 75, Bob has cut back on working hours, but still produces several holsters and gun belts every week. In his
opinion, there are numerous good leather craftsmen. However, he believes an individual with a true appreciation of
firearms and their use is essential to building a truly functional piece of gun leather.
Bob Calkins 505-598-0208 (h) 505-716-3231 (c) or

Gun Leather Tool List
Quality leather will be made available to students. Contact the instructor to determine what he needs to bring so you can successfully complete your projects.
Needles, thread, oil, stamping tools, etc. will be furnished at no charge by the instructor.
 ¼” light weight electric drill
 Dremel tool with sanding drums
 Clear safety glasses
 Sponge and quart size water container (large butter tub is great)
 Straight edge ruler
 16: x 20” piece of ¾” plywood with smooth side
 Exacto knife with blades
 Rawhide #4 Mallet (such as Tandy #3300-04)
 Craft Tool Leather Shears (such as Tandy #3050-00)
 Grooving tool (such as Tandy 8074-00)
 Edging tool (such as Tandy #8077-03 or Osborne #127-4 preferred)
 Craft tool Overstitcher #6 (such as Tandy 8079-06)
 #14 Punch (such as Tandy 3777-14)
 #9 Punch (such as Tandy 3777-9)
 12” x 12” Granite piece (minimum 1” thick)