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Showcase Project

Posted in custom work, Fender bibs, Honda VTX1300, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, New Items, Showcase Project, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by Chris Wright

I’m starting a new feature on the Three Mutts Customs blog, the “Showcase Project”.  The new showcase will highlight an over-the-top, extreme or challenging project with a full article dedicated to the item(s) and the bike.  I’m hoping to update the article once a month or more often if there are enough projects to cover.  So to start the show(case), here’s a beast of a project I took on Nov/Dec and took about five weeks to finish, six if you include the week spent without power!.  Jim was fun to work with, this all began as a request to see some fender bib/tooling examples and off we went.

2008 VTX 1800N Tank bib & fender bib themed set

Starting with the tank bib, it’s Hermann Oak 5/6 oz veg tan leather with a custom “fierce Albert” relief tooled into the center, surrounded by a tooled Gator belly pattern.  An inlay wouldn’t have worked but we wanted to continue the theme of the gator hide throughout so I tooled it in instead.  Royal Blue kangaroo lace in a triple loop pattern for the edges round it out.  The color is done using Golden Fluid Acrylic paints.

For the fender bib, we started out simply looking at the “Gators” lettering and again one conversation led to another which led me to looking at alligator hide prices.  The inlay is real alligator tail (had to use the tail for the back of the bike!) inlayed into the same 5/6 oz. Hermann Oak leather and lacing & paint as the tank bib.  This one was even more challenging as I didn’t have the pattern for the 1800N yet so Jim and I coordinated measurements & photos via email, decided on a shape (pennant style) and then Jim crossed his fingers and hoped I’d get it right.  I think it worked out pretty well…  😉

2008 VTX 1800N fender bib2008 VTX 1800N fender bib

That’s it for now, tune in next month for another exciting episode of Three Mutts Customs Showcase Project!  It actually could be this bike again as in January we’ll be adding wrapped side covers with alligator inlay, a collaboration seat with Danny Gray and color coordinated lever wraps!  I may have to do two features as Dave’s two tone Black & Plum Crazy Purple bib with applique lacing will be finished for his VTX1300 bagger.  Stay tuned!


Shop update and new items for 2012

Posted in Leatherwork, Motorcycles, New Items, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2011 by Chris Wright

Shop Update:

As some of you might know from and Facebook, Three Mutts was involuntarily shut down last week due to a 7 day power outage caused by the wind storms that hit So. Cal.  I’m pleased to say that we have power and heat back at the house and shop finally and production has resumed on leather goods and burnishers!  With that said, I’m completely booked through the end of the year, mostly Christmas presents that I’m now scrambling to complete and get into Santa’s bag for delivery.

I’ve started quoting and scheduling jobs for the new year and January is filling up fast (current delivery is quoted as January 15th on paid orders).

New Items for 2012!

2012 is going to be a big year for Three Mutts Customs as we roll out some new products that are currently in development. To help with that I’ve brought a new machine online!  Next week, UPS will be delivery my new Techsew 2700 cylinder arm machine from Techsew in Canada.

So what are the new items being planned?  Here’s the line up:

Tank bibs:

  • ’95-’03 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 (3.2 gal. tank)
  • ’97-’03 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 (3.2 gal. tank)
  • ’97-’03 Honda Valkyrie (GL1500 series)
  • ’08-’09 Yamaha Raider (dash opening insert)

Rear Fender Bibs:

  • ’04-Current Honda Shadow Aero 750
  • ’97-’07 Harley Davidson Fatboy
  • ’07-’10 Harley Davidson Road King
  • ’08-’09 Yamaha Raider (including S models)
  • ’05-’08 Honda VTX 1800N
  • ’02-’09 Honda VTX 1300 R

New 2012 Options/Accessories:

  • Leather bound edging (substitute for braided edges)
  • Decorative stitching (substitute for tooled designs)
  • 2 new decorative lacing patterns! “Bricklayer” and “Applique”
  • See-through map pockets
  • Oil-tanned leather lever wraps (with or without fringe)

More information on the above new products to come in the next few weeks, stay tuned for updates and pricing!
Happy Holidays to everyone, ride safe!

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