Do you love the smell of leather? I certainly do, and have enjoyed arts and crafts through the years as well. In 1983, I combined the two and began creating leather products for a shop in the Verde Valley in Arizona. In 1987, I started Ray’s Leatherworks in the Sierra Vista area, making mostly belts and various types of wallets. I moved to Tombstone for 9 years and made quite a few holsters and gunbelts for local reenactors and tourists.
My interests shifted in 2000, and I began working in the schools, finally becoming a teacher. That profession didn’t allow me enough time with my family, so I’m “back in the saddle” again, creating belts and operating in the comfort of the world wide web!
I select all my leathers by hand, for the best quality hides, and use top quality dyes and sealing products from Fiebing; Lexol and Neatsfoot conditioners, and Barge glue. I use buckles and buckle sets from Tandy, the former Leather Factory, and M. Siegel. I cut each belt strip from 9 to 10 ounce double shoulders (cowhide) to your desired width. I hand stamp or tool each belt (none are machine embossed). I am meticulous in creating a handsome and durable product. My braided belts are cut from 3 to 5 ounce leather, hand woven and dyed to your color preference.
Why Ray’s Leatherworks? My maiden name when I began my business in ’87 was Ray. I am Stephanie Rose, and I invite you to allow me to create a custom belt for you!