Archive for July, 2015

Doing it right in Switzerland…Custom Harley Softail Slim

Posted in brown, Custom Stitching, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Handlebar bag, Harley Softail, Laser Engraving, leather, Motorcycles, Slim, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2015 by Chris Wright

A recurring client and now friend of mine in Switzerland came to me originally early this year for a custom leather tank bib to match his custom seat from a shop in New York.
This seat is something I had never seen before but I quickly recognized the color as saddle tan, a common color in horse saddles.  By itself, the seat looked lonely, a bit out of place with it’s bright golden tan color on a black bike.  We discussed the bib some and he decided to stick with the same shape as the factory bib but wanted his highly detailed family emblem on it.  Using a combination of laser engraving and hand tooling, I was able to recreate it in exacting detail, including the text on the banner.  Thick, white hand stitched edges were required to match the seat so I set to work.  Together they looked great but the backend needed something so Umberto sent another email, asking about a custom roll style bag to fit between his custom seat and custom fender.  I have to wonder how many parts on his Softail Slim are factory besides the engine and frame.  We agreed on a smallish, 4″ diameter x 10″ long back that would strap to the frame between the two parts with the buckles reversed so they wouldn’t touch the fender when the bag was opened.  His racing number was hand tooled on the flap and the crest laser engraved on the side caps to tie it all together.  Here are the pics, enjoy!

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Laser Engraving, a year later

Posted in Fender bibs, Heritage, Laser Engraving, Motorcycles, Road King, Slim, Softail, Sportster, StreetGlide, switchback, Tank bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by Chris Wright

So last year I mentioned getting a laser engraver and didn’t have many of my own examples (previously farmed out the engraving part to another shop), a year later that has all changed.  I’m rocking the laser most days of the week now, either for full designs, as accents to hand tooled items.  The laser gives me control over fine text and accents that no one can touch by hand and it provides a highly accurate tool for exacting logo reproductions when needed.  Obviously I still hand tool much of my work and enjoy it that way but sometimes the laser is the way to go.  Here is an updated gallery of pieces engraved with my Full Spectrum Laser. – Chris

“Axis Nightmare” custom fender bib for a Harley Fatboy Lo

Posted in airbrushing, custom work, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Motorcycles, painted, Tooled Leather, WWII Bomber with tags , , , , , , , on July 13, 2015 by Chris Wright

Started my day by checking email and finding my client Dave had sent in pics of the “Axis Nightmare” custom rear fender bib installed on his Harley Fatboy Lo. No question about it, that is a sexy rear fender bib…and bike and Mustang and shop…yeah, I’m jealous. 😉  Hand tooled, airbrushed and hand braided triple loop laced edges.

Enjoy the pics and have a happy Monday!
– Chris

Honda VTX and Aero 7 50 whaletail tank bibs

Posted in Honda VTX1300, leather, Motorcycles, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2015 by Chris Wright

As promised in a previous post, I’ve come back with more info on whaletail tank bibs. If you’ve emailed me anytime since December 2013 or checked the forums, you already know that I stopped maknig them that winter.  The good news is, late last year a fellow VTX rider came and asked if I would instruct him on making his own. Jeff made his first whaletail using my pattern and tips and was hooked.  After six months of working on whaletail tank bibs for the VTX1300, he is now expanding and making them for sale for the whole VTX 1300/1800 line and the ’04-’09 Honda Aero 750.  His website: http://abgmsales.wix.com/whale-tail-bib shows the current models and he has the rest being shipped to him in the next week or so.  Contact info is on his website or you can email him at: abgmsales@hotmail.com Cheers, Chris

How about some color?!

Posted in color mixing, Fender bibs, Heritage, Motorcycles, painted, pin-up, Road King, Slim, Softail, StreetGlide, switchback, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2015 by Chris Wright

One of my specialties is airbrushed and hand painted custom tank bibs and fender bibs.
Eagles, Pin-Ups, and Sugar Skulls are just a few of my recent full color subjects. What some folks don’t realize is these are hand tooled first and then painted. This enhances the highlights, shadows and depth of the final piece. Granted, the process isn’t cheap but the end result is unlike most custom bibs, for Harleys or any other bike you’ll find out there.

here are a couple of pics of my most recent custom painted tank and fender bibs for Harley motorcycles.  Enjoy!

a custom leather project for…me!

Posted in custom chair, custom seat, leather, Leatherwork, upholstery with tags , , on July 5, 2015 by Chris Wright

I have had this chair about as long as Jen and I have been together. It’s starting to show it’s gray as much as I am. The ‘real leather’ is peeling off it’s lamented base leaving flakes everywhere so rather than toss it and get a new one, what’s a leatherworker to do? Start wrapping it in actual real leather!

Arms done so far, 2/3oz red lambskin. Base will be black pebble grain cowhide for strength and back will be black pebble grain cowhide with a red lambskin center stripe when done.

Will probably take me a bit in between other projects but should be slick (and less messy) when done.

custom leather seat project

custom leather seat project

Custom leather spotlight – 2001 Harley Heritage Classic

Posted in Fender bibs, Harley Softail, leather, Motorcycles, Softail, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , on July 5, 2015 by Chris Wright

Moving right along with the post updates and catching up, here are a tank and fender bib set I posted about briefly last year when they were under construction.
They are obviously finished and the client was nice enough to send a couple of good pics of her custom, hand tooled and hand painted tank bib and fender bib.

The bike is a 2001 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic Softail with some tasteful upgrades including her custom bibs.  Yes, I said her…girls like their big V-Twins too!

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