WILL GHORMLEY - MAKER
Old West Cowboy Leather
P.O. Box 152 - Chariton, IA - 50049
(Ship FedEx and UPS to 118 1/2 N. Grand, Chariton, IA 50049)
Pull Up A Chair!
I'm glad you stopped in to take a look at my goods. I'm Will Ghormley and I make all of this myself. Everything I craft is hand-made for my customers. I cut each item from the hide when it's ordered. It's worked and tooled right here at my bench. I dye and oil and clamp it in my stitching pony to sew by hand.
It's unusual to find anything made by hand by one person any more. Mass-produced gun leather is flooding the market. Oh, most of it is pretty good leather, but there ain't much of it that bears a man's name, his sweat and his pride.
Years from now when you hand your leather down to your kids or grandkids, it will have stories to tell: sweat stains from hours in the sun or astraddle a horse - the gouges along the cartridge loops in back where you spent the heat leanin' up against a pine tree swappin' stories in the shade - the dark stain that wouldn't ever come off after that hunting party with your amigos, was it from that prize buck, or from that chili you spilled on yourself? - and you'll tell them about the man who made your rig, pointing to the worn and creased stamp bearing the words, "Will Ghormley - Maker".
I started crafting leather over thirty years ago, and I've honed my craft considerable in the last few years. I publish patterns of my Old West Gear for other leather craftsmen to work with. Along the line I started carving pictures in leather and painting them. Now some of the most recognizable names in America own my carved leather paintings. I don't do this because it's easy. I don't do it 'cause I'm smart. In fact, about the only reason I stick with it is because I'm stubborn and I love the work I do.
Most of the photos you will see are stock items I manufacture for my catalogue, but it is custom work that has built my business. By nature I've always been an artist - and I use that gift when I make your leather. If you don't see exactly what you want in the stock orders, I'm more than willing to create something to your specifications. Sketch something out, send me a copy of a photo, or tell me what movie you saw it in. Call me with the details and we'll talk about it.