Where it Began...

Here's a look at how Holdster came to be:

 
Holdster got it's start in the living room of the 'Intervale Hotel' (unofficial name of our home).  Since then, we've moved our production to Ohio to manufacture our products on a larger scale while maintaining the highest level of quality and keeping production in the U.S.A.  Now, we still do all of our design and development work in Burlington, VT but we've moved on from the living room production...  Here's a look at how the first Holdsters were made:

 

Step One: Selecting the Leather

 

This was a VERY important step.  We sourced our leather from three quality tanneries: Wickett and Craig Tannery, Herman Oak, and Chahin Tannery because they provide top-quality vegetable-tanned leathers.  Vegetable-tanned leather, or 'veg-tan' leather, is tanned with tannins and other ingredients found in vegetable matter.  It is a more environmentally friendly leather than chrome-tanned leather and we think that it looks great and wears beautifully.

Step Two: Pattern Cutting

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We used steel-rule clicker dies to hand punch the pattern of each Holdster into a hide before cutting each piece out and punching out the individual holes.  We went through many design iterations to end up with the perfect fit.

Step Three: Edging

 

We beveled the cut edges to round out the edge and provide a smooth, clean edge for finishing.

Step Four: Edge Finishing

 

 

Once beveled, the edges are sealed and buffed with all-natural gum-tragacanth (made from legume saps) to leave a nice, clean finish.

Step Five: Stitching

 

Veg-tan leather has been known to stretch over time.  To ensure that your Holdster still fits for years to come, we stitch the border which helps prevent stretch.  We think that it looks great, too.

Step Six: Assembly Prep

 

 

 

To get each piece ready for assembly, each border stitch must be tied off and burned to secure it doesn't slip over time.  Pieces are inspected for faults and hand-worked to start breaking them in (much like breaking in a new baseball glove or pair of shoes).  

 Step Seven: Handle Attachment

For Holdsters with handles, the first step of assembly is having a handle attached.  We use hand-tapped #9 copper rivets to secure them in place.  These are used due to their superior holding power and aesthetic beauty.  Each rivet must be set, trimmed, and peined in place.  Should your handle ever start to have any play, a stern tap with a hammer will tighten it right up.

Step Eight (a): Riveting 

 

For Rivet Holdsters, we secure the seam with the same hand-tapped #9 copper rivets that we use to attach handles.  These rivets are carefully peined to flatten any exposed ridges and protect the user from discomfort.

Step Eight (b): Cross-Stitching

 

The Holdster Cross_Stitch versions require a hand-sewn cross-stitch to secure the seam.  We chose this stitch pattern for it's superior holding strength and the fact that it's aesthetically sexy.  

Step Nine: Put Leather on it

 

Finally, we grab a 16oz. Wide-Mouth Ball Jar- an icon of American-made quality products- and slip it into it's new jacket.  Each Holdster is slipped on and off of the jar a few times to kickstart the break-in process before being sent to the shelf for sale.

Step Ten: It's All You

 

Once you've bought your Holdster, use it: Hard.  These things are tough so don't worry about getting it scuffed up or dirty.  It may take up to a month to fully break-in your Holdster so that it easily slips on and off of your canning jar (fits ANY standard wide-mouth 16oz canning jar).  It's time to go drink something.