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4/20/2010 2:30:00 PM
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Jay Redfeather Designs
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Jay Redfeather displays some of his custom leatherwork.

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Jay Redfeather displays some of his custom leatherwork.

Ryan Williams
Managing Editor

WILLIAMS - Jay Redfeather hasn't appeared on television or in the movies but his leatherwork has been featured on the big screen and in TV-land.

Redfeather began doing leather work 30 years ago, initially making buckskinner apparel.

"A few years after that I started doing what I call the hard leather," he said. "Carving and tooling and all that."

Redfeather specializes in creating new pieces that look and feel like they are straight out of the 1880's. After moving to California, his work began appearing in movies and television.

"There was a need for old time, old looking leather for movies," Redfeather said. "Being around SASS cowboy action shooters and some of the guys that you see on the History Channel all the time helped. They're the professional extras. They actually get paid for being in the background of movies like Tombstone. They want all their stuff looking old and used."

Redfeather's work soon appeared in episodes of HBO's "Deadwood" and motion pictures including "Shanghai Noon" with Jackie Chan. Ron Stein, aka Tupelo Flash, can often be seen donning Jay Redfeather garb on programs shown on the Outdoor Channel.

Redfeather is available for custom work. He hand crafts holsters, belts, chaps - just about anything made out of leather. Buckskin shirts, jackets, pants and skirts are another specialty.

"A lot of my stuff is modeled after items in the book Packing Iron," Redfeather said. "For years I used that like my catalog. People would just go through that book and say 'I want that one.'"

In order for his leatherwork to appear time period correct, Redfeather makes his own leatherworking tools in his blacksmith shop at the Wild West Junction. He said old antique tools are hard to find if at all. He handcrafts knives and spurs in the shop as well.

Along with his custom work, Redfeather said he does plenty of repair work.

"I actually started way back when in Washington State doing repair work for the police department," he said. "That was when they all wore leather rigs. Before they went to Velcro and nylon."

Redfeather said he repairs handbags, clothing and just about anything leather.

For more information or to contact Redfeather visit

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