Category Archives: Around the Shop

Fresh Off The Bench

Just a quick update today to show off a piece I just wrapped up. This is a custom pickguard for a Gibson Special 70’s Tribute SG. We had quite a bit of fun taking this design from “maybe something like a skull and crossbones” to what you see here. I also got to play with a few different coloring techniques that I’ve been wanting to try out. Nothing drastic, but the effect was nice. Unfortunately I don’t have the guitar for full pictures, so hopefully we’ll get an updated view of it all mounted up on delivery.

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New Custom Leather

Fresh off the bench! I just wrapped up this custom notepad with a beautiful rustic finish. I wanted to push myself a little bit on this one so I added rolled edges to all of the pockets, which are also all hand stitched. All in all this came out as one of my favorite pieces. I’m sure it’s going to turn lots of heads in many meetings to come. As always, if you’d like a similar piece for yourself, feel free to reach out through the contact page or just shoot me an email at allen@hellhoundkustoms.com

Big Changes Are Coming

Over the next several months you may begin to ask yourself “What the heck is going on here!!?”
Well, If you’ve followed me for very long you know that leather aside, I’m driven by a passion for creativity. Lately I’ve been facing the realization that the way I’ve been working may not be right for me. By focusing solely on expanding my customer base and creating the work that they want, I’ve been limiting my own creativity. Let’s face it, there are a lot of ideas and passions stuck inside this head and it was only a matter of time before they began screaming to come out. In order for me to grow as an artist and bring the best I can be to the world, I need to start focusing more on personal growth and expanding my body of work.

So, what does this mean to all of my loyal fans out there? This means that I will no longer be frantically publicizing and pushing my work into more markets. I won’t be focusing solely on custom orders, but rather the fulfillment of my own ideas and visions. Don’t worry though, I’ll still stop and do custom leather pieces for people, I just won’t be focusing all of my efforts on gathering those requests.

That brings us to what you’ll be seeing around here and throughout my social media accounts. First thing’s first, I’m currently working on re-focusing the website from a purely marketing layout into more of an online portfolio of my work. This means a completely new layout and rewording of all of the content to fit the new purpose. In doing so, I’ll also be clearing out some of the pictures that I feel may be redundant examples of what I’ve done. So, if your piece happens to fall into this category, please don’t be offended as I’m still happy about every item I’ve ever created for people.

That should give everybody a good idea of what’s going on around here. I do welcome any thoughts you guys may have on anything here. After all, if it weren’t for your appreciation of my work, I wouldn’t continue to push myself forward to becoming a better me.