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Posted on May 30, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Good times in the design department fueled by caffeine and 'Wings Over America' on loop, and the result is another new strap in the shop. Buckle front with 2"-wide midsection, 1"-wide riveted ends, and customizable buckle + rivet options.

Photo above links to shop listing. 


Posted on May 23, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

New strap in the shop today. Based on the straps Pete Townshend used throughout the late 1970's. I changed a couple of construction details and gave it three variations, but it's pretty faithful- especially the Holes version, which was Pete's main user during this period. All are 1.5" wide and have a buckle back. 

Click through photo for shortcut to the strap listing.


Posted on May 16, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

I recently compiled some nice things people have said about my work over the past few years and put it up on a new page on the site with the header: Testify! I’m also going to take the opportunity to thank anyone, known or unknown, who has supported what I do. As someone once said, this shit ain’t easy, and there are more than a few who have helped to make it do-able at all...and at times even quite pleasant. Thanks everyone.



Posted on April 13, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

So, yes---it's true. There is a first time for everything, and after all these years I finally got to dye a floral pattern in red. Looks better than amazing and it's now an option for this belt in the shop. Available as a color option over the range of leather guitar straps as well.


Posted on February 03, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Happy New Year.

I realize I've been quiet of late on the blog front, but for good reason...I've been busy making straps! 2016 was a good year. Lots of new customers coming through, and even better, a ton of repeat customers. I'm counting on the new year bringing more of the same. In the next month or two I'll be trying to focus on updating the site a bit, adding new photos to a few of the listings, and whatever else I can think of to tidy the place up.

Meantime, thanks for the support and feel free to let me know what's on your mind, anytime.

Hiss Golden Messenger / McCartney

Posted on November 13, 2016 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Custom for M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, based on Paul McCartney's main RAM-era strap. As always, it's more an interpretation, working from the broad details of a few 1971-72 photos. I think I got it right. The vintage buckle took a couple of weeks to find, and needed to be stripped and lightly re-patinated.

Posted in Hiss Golden Messenger, Paul McCartney

Skinny Video Action

Posted on September 12, 2016 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Neil Halstead // Slowdive // HOLMES skinny on the Epiphone Casino. Likely the most epic half-minute my work has taken any part in. ☠ #slowdive #epiphone #primaverasound #HOLMES

A video posted by Ray Holmes (@__holmes) on

Posted in skinny strap, Slowdive

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