Tucson Leather Works is a small, custom leather shop located in Tucson Arizona. We specialize in making custom cases for Irish flutes and tin whistles. In addition, we manufacture custom straps for Irish and American banjo, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, guitar and button accordion. Our gift item department has a full range of items for both Irish and South West gift shops, all hand made in our Arizona workshop. All of our products are designed and hand made in Arizona and produced from the finest vegetable tanned leathers available.
We produce a range of cases for Irish Tin Whistles, Low D Whistles and whistles of any key. We also produce multiple whistle cases for any mix of keys. We can design and produce cases for other Irish instruments on request.We supply a number of whistle manufacturers and distributors world wide with cases and also offer cases which can be special ordered personalized with a name or specific Celtic pattern. Our cases offer excellent protection as we use top grade vegetable tanned leathers and the option of suede lining for additional charge.Our cases are offered in carbon black, medium brown and natural. The natural will age into a beautiful, honey color and all cases should outlast the instrument. Our flute case is based on a 19th century design by Boosey of London.
We produce a range of cases for key less Irish D Flutes, Bd Flutes and keyed flutes. We can make cases for other Irish wind instruments on request.We supply a number of flute manufacturers and distributors world wide with cases and also offer cases which can be special ordered personalized with a name or specific Celtic pattern. Our cases offer excellent protection as we use top grade vegetable tanned leathers and the option of suede lining for additional charge.Our cases are offered in carbon black, medium brown and natural. The natural will age into a beautiful, honey color and are “mellowed” for a few days in the Arizona sun. All of our cases should outlast the instrument. Our flute case is based on a 19th century design by Boosey of London.
Tucson Leather Works produces Stealth Holsters of our own design. These relatively inexpensive pocket holsters are designed for the new generation of small automatics and are configured to fit the exact shape of your pocket. The combination of leathers produces a holster with just enough grip on the gun to keep it in place and is extremely comfortable. In addition, the gun is positioned perfectly for a quick removal just below the lip of the pocket and will not rotate like many pocket holsters on the market.The low price makes it affordable to have one holster for jeans and another for dress pants. Left, right or back pocket options are available.
Tucson Leather Works produces unique wet formed folding knife cases of our own unique design These are custom made and wet formed over an exact wooden maquette made of the knife producing a molded case, that forms a snug grip on the knife.The actual knife can be submitted or a photograph or scan made with dimensions will work as well.
Tucson Leather Works produces a full range of inexpensive leather items for the Celtic and South West gift shop marketplace.These include key fobs, wrist bands, bracelets, belts and wallets ranging from from inexpensive to more expensive hand tooled belts and wallets.
Whistle Cases D and CBasic Case unlined with standard decoration$55.00Custom Lettering $15.00Suede Lining$20.00Belt Loop - Snap on Stitched$10.00Whistle Cases Busman Style D and CBasic Case unlined with standard decoration$65.00Custom Lettering $15.00Suede Lining$25.00Whistle Cases Double for Sindt D and C or similarBasic Case unlined with standard decoration$90.00Custom Lettering $15.00Suede Lining$25.00Low D Whistle CaseBasic Case unlined with standard decoration$80.00Custom Lettering$20.00Suede Lining $35.00Irish Flute Case D or BbBasic Case lined with top quality suede $135.00Custom Lettering $15.00Guitar or Bouzouki StrapCustom made to exact length with name and $120.00decoration of your choice. Stitched.Suede Lining $40.00Banjo StrapCustom made to exact length with name and $120.00decoration of your choice. StitchedSuede Lining $40.00Mandolin or Bouzouki Softy StrapCustom made “softy” to exact length with name $65.00and decoration of your choice.
A more detailed ordering page will follow shortly. This will give some basic ordering information. For more information, please contact us directly by phone or e-mail. Please provide the exact measurement for:BanjoBanjo Bracket to mid point of shoulder and then to rear bracket which will add up to total length.MandolinA Style with a single pin - Nut to Mid Shoulder and then to end pin and total length.A Style with 2 pins - Front pin to mid shoulder and then to rear pin and total length.F Style - Center top of scroll to mid shoulder then to rear pin and total length.GuitarTwo Pins - Front pin to mid shoulder, then to end pin and total length.Single pin - Nut to mid shoulder then to end pin.Irish BouzoukiTwo Pins - Front pin to mid shoulder, then to end pin and total length.Single pin - Nut to mid shoulder then to end pin.Button AccordionProvide a picture of the current strap with dimensions.
Please provide the exact measurement for:Irish WhistlesWe need the maker, exact total length of the whistle, the length of the tip of the windway to the end of the blade (to avoid placing a snap in a sensitive area) and the diameter of the largest part of the whistle.We are currently working with a number of internationally known makers and have measurements for a number of whistles including O'Riordian, Paul Busman, Sindt, Copeland, Carbony, Generation , Sosato, Heikes, Howard, Sweetone and many others in D, C and Low D.For a dual chamber single whistle case, we need the exact measurements of the body and the head piece. For a dual whistle case we need the dimensions and maker of each whistle.Irish D and Bb FlutesWe need the maker, length and diameters of each of the three parts of the flutes as you would like to store them (ie, The head joint slightly extended.) Our most popular cases are for various keyless Irish D Flutes including Owell, M&E, Baubet and many others. DecorationStandard Decoration includes a pattern of Celtic knots of our choosing. Snaps can be selected from the Snap Selection Chart and Celtic Stamp Chart(click for selection).Your name or words of up to 8 characters (including spaces) can be added to either the Whistle or Flute case (see pricing for additional cost)
Our President and founder, Bob Denton is an accomplished Bluegrass, Old Time and Irish musician and has performed and recorded world wide. Our straps are based on Bob’s 50 year experience playing and performing on mandolin, guitar, 5 string banjo, Irish tenor banjo and Irish Bouzouki. The lack of a suitable strap for a new banjo led Bob to design and make his own, resulting in Tucson Leather Works.We believe in a minimalist approach with the strap width and size appropriate to the weight of the instrument. In addition, we primarily produce custom straps made to the exact requirements of player and instrument, eliminating any adjustable hardware, and the potential for damaging the instrument. We use only the finest vegetable tanned leathers and soft calf or pigskin suede linings, when requested.
Tucson Leather Works produces many custom items, from personalized musical instrument straps, cases and belts to unique items like expedition quality leather tumps and hand tooled items for Renaissance and Celtic festivals.We have the facilities to produce a full range of custom items not listed on the web site. Email or call to inquire.
It’s not too late to give a hand made Celtic Belt for Christmas. We made an extra when we built a similar custom made belt as a backup. Size is small, 32”-34” and there are buckle options available. First come first serve. Ho Ho Ho!!Price is $55 delivered in the US.