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Alderspring Ranch Using Gear

Alderspring Ranch Using Gear

Using Gear is the buckaroo, or cowboy term for gear that can stand up to the rigors of common and everyday use on the range while showcasing the handcrafted and artisanal beauty that real life cowhands value. If you take a look at traditional cowboy gear, there is a timeless quality in the choice of fine leather, perfect stitching and leather tooling that even the most trail weathered cowboy takes personal pride in. Itís not uncommon in our open range country to see a cowhand horseback with [over $5K worth of] leather gear on them and their horse that cost them more than the pickup they drive.

In addition to beauty, the gear must stand up. The leather cowboy gear items like saddles, bridles and chaps that we use on Alderspring are crafted for a real life on the range; they have to hold up in every sort of weather that nature can dish out. Our cowhands live in the saddle, for as long as 20 hours per day. Our lives and livelihood literally depend on gear that holds up.

Now, you can depend on it too. Itís not like what we want out of our gear is too much to ask for. Sure, your life might not depend on it, but everyone likes leather goods that stand upÖ and stand out for their simple beauty. We make and maintain a fair amount of our leather gear on the ranch. Ethan Kelly, married to Abby, operates an artisan leather shop that produces cowboy using gear for the ranch. As such, it wasnít a great leap forward to extend the same benefit of quality leather gear to Alderspringís customers.

Ethan makes it all here on the ranch, in our own leather shop, and itís all backed by our 10-year guarantee. Ethan personally inspects each hide of leather that he hand-carves gear out of. In doing so, he ensures that only the very best full grain leather shows up in our using gear. In his words, most department store leather found in todayís belts, wallets and purses is ďcrap.Ē Much of it is only a facsimile of leather, created from leather fibers just ďbondedĒ together to make a belt. Itís no wonder why these items wear and break, and sadly guarantee gift giving security for families for years to come. Belt holes rip. Dog collars break. Wallets wear. In a word, Ethan saw a need and filled it first for us and now for you.

Using Gear is made out of real whole leather from steers. It is beautiful to begin with, with character that authentic leather brings with it, even when first worked. We think all of it becomes more beautiful with age; the story that the gear brought with it as it originated from Alderspringís shop becomes broader with time and use by its owner. We think thatís the best thing about Using Gear. Itís gear with story that gets better with age.

Some other things to know:

  • Ethan doesnít maintain stock on these items. If you place an order, it will ship in 1-2 weeks, because he has to make it for you. If itís not perfect, he wonít put his special makerís stamp on it, and it does not ship. He starts over.
  • We don’t put leather gear in our beef boxes. It ships in a USPS priority mail box that is also trackable. You’ll get notification when it ships.
  • If it doesn’t fit, or you are disappointed in any way, we guarantee your happiness. Just ship it back to us (you can even drop it for free in a return Alderspring beef shipper. Just let us know you did that) for a full refund.
Ethan Kelly Leather: 50 Year Double Full Grain Cowhide Belt, Brown. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: 50 Year Double Full Grain Cowhide Belt, Brown. Ships Free.
$115.00
Hand cut and constructed with two strips of full-grain leather, this belt will endure years of use and maintain its sturdy shape. Ships Free.

 

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Ethan Kelly Leather: 50 Year Double Full Grain Cowhide Belt, Black. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: 50 Year Double Full Grain Cowhide Belt, Black. Ships Free.
$115.00
Hand cut and constructed with two strips of full-grain leather, this belt will endure years of use and maintain its sturdy shape.

 

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Ethan Kelly Leather: Twin Pocket Minimalist Wallet. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Twin Pocket Minimalist Wallet. Ships Free.
$35.00
This sleek wallet will keep your cards organized and is slim enough to slide into the pocket of even the tightest jeans (thanks a lot, skinny jeans trend!). Can fit three cards easily in addition to a small amount of cash.

 

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Ethan Kelly Leather: Full Grain Working Dog Collar, Brown. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Full Grain Working Dog Collar, Brown. Ships Free.
Whether you have a small or large dog, our collars are designed for comfort and durability. Built out of thick, full grain leather, these collars are built to last. Ships Free.

 

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Ethan Kelly Leather: Full Grain Working Dog Collar, Black. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Full Grain Working Dog Collar, Black. Ships Free.
Whether you have a small or large dog, our collars are designed for comfort and durability. Built out of thick, full grain leather, these collars are built to last. Ships Free.

 

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Ethan Kelly Leather: Executive Dress Belt, Black. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Executive Dress Belt, Black. Ships Free.
$135.00
Hand cut and molded to create a raised profile the Executive dress belt is designed to bring you the top of the line in leather craftsmanship. Ships free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Executive Dress Belt, Brown. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Executive Dress Belt, Brown. Ships Free.
$135.00
Hand cut and molded to create a raised profile the Executive dress belt is designed to bring you the top of the line in leather craftsmanship. Ships free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: 50 Year Single Full Grain Cowhide Belt, Unlined. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: 50 Year Single Full Grain Cowhide Belt, Unlined. Ships Free.
$75.00
Hand cut and constructed with one finished strip of full-grain leather, this belt will endure years of use and maintain its sturdy shape. Ships Free.

 

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Ethan Kelly Leather: The Nubuck Belt. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: The Nubuck Belt. Ships Free.
$100.00
Hand cut and crafted from two straps of full-grain leather. With the top grain buffed to create a semi-suede feel and a matte appearance, this belt has attitude. Ships free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Bifold Wallet. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Bifold Wallet. Ships Free.
$75.00
This simple, quality wallet can fit plenty of cards and bills, with four card pockets and one large bill pocket. It folds in half for a slim fit in your jeans or purse. Add a monogram (1-2 words/a name) for an extra $10.

 

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Ethan Kelly Leather: Vertical Bifold Wallet. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Vertical Bifold Wallet. Ships Free.
$75.00
A vertical design means that this wallet is perfect for small pockets (vest, shirt or even tight jeans). With four pockets for storing your credit cards, and two rear slots for folded cash, the wallet has lots of storage but a slim design.

 

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Ethan Kelly Leather Passport Cover. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather Passport Cover. Ships Free.
$55.00
Made with full grain American tanned leather, this passport cover has an additional slot for storing cash, plane tickets or cards. Makes a great gift for your well-traveled friend or relative. Custom monogram option available. Note that color options only apply to outside (inside will remain Walnut, as pictured)

 

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Ethan Kelly Leather: Double Stitched Premium Headstall. Ships Free.
Ethan Kelly Leather: Double Stitched Premium Headstall. Ships Free.
$135.00
Ethan has designed a simple, working headstall, without bells and whistles. Full grain leather and stitching ensures durability. Simple heavy duty hardware. Ships Free.

 

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