Our family has been making things forever. My father spent his life in education, has authored books, built stained glass windows and into his 80's hand carves wooden wagons. My mom is an gifted quilter and I have been sandblasting glass, building furniture and cabinets for years.
I have always been interested in taking an idea, figuring out how get it going, and of course screwing it up enough times to get it right. Now, I bring that lifelong dedication to perfecting my craftmanship to you.
I had a little art glass business in Maui for 6-7 years. It started with a couple of tools, some glass and a piece of plywood for a work bench on a garbage can outside our little place in Maui. I have heard if you're not embarrassed by the first piece you put out you waited too long. Our first prototype is the one on top, the final version is on the bottom. Maui was a pretty good place to sell Humpback Whale sun catchers and I made a lot of them.
We started as a Art Glass company. 25 years ago I was sandblasting pictures and art on glass with detail not matched at that time. This is a piece that was donated to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2018. The glass is 1/2 inch thick Starfire Glass, the wood is Bubinga and Wenge. The base hides a full RF controlled LED system with color changing and on off control.
I traveled to a trade show in 2018 and saw my first laser engraver. After some thinking and deliberation I made the plunge and bought a used one. In the learning process I went back to my roots and decided to try and put some pictures on Yeti cups. Living in Idaho where the supreme game animal in the Rocky Mountain Elk I figured that was a good place to start. Here is the first in our Wildlife Series and I am still extremely proud of the results.
You probably have a friend that wears a hat about everywhere you have ever seen him. Yep, I am that guy. If i'm not in bed asleep I probably have a hat on.
After getting the laser engraver going and engraving I don't know how many tumblers I started seeing these Leather Patch Hats around. I figured I love hats, and had the majority of what I needed to make them. Like most things I have ever tried It was harder than I thought, but I kept going until I had messed it up enough times to where I was finally happy with the product.
And Now, We do so much more
We are slowly but surely expanding our arsonel to meet any demand. From screen prints to lazer engravings and more, we're your connection for your big idea.
We make some of the coolest Leather Patch hats in the Northwest. We still love our often copied and much loved Bigfoot Hats. The champion of social distancing kept us going and we continue to sell them alll over the world. We continue to refine our process, invest in equipment and keep enough inventory on hand to service our customers.
We really cut our teeth with laser engraving. We brought detail not seen before to round objects and mastered the rotary fixture in our engraver. Trotec and Universal Lasers have been our partners in this journey and continue to allow us to grow creativly.
Now making Custom T-shirts in Lewiston Idaho. We have invested in a new ROQ P14XL 10 color automatic screen printing press. We are able to offer commercial quality screen printing to all of our customers. The ROQ will print up to 14 shirts at a time allowing us to keep our turnaround time as quick as possible.
A little over a year ago BEKY arrived and we started our embroidery journey. The last 12 months have see thousands of hats, shirts jackets and all other manner of items come through the shop. New hoops and techniques are helping us continue to expand the items we can embroider.