DDJLeather

Premium Quality Leather Goods from Daniel D Jones

North Carolina, United States · 372 Sales

DDJLeather

Premium Quality Leather Goods from Daniel D Jones

North Carolina, United States 372 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   I offer Premium quality handmade, hand tooled, hand-dyed, and hand-finished full-grain cowhide leather goods, made using the best tooling leathers, dyes, and finishes I can find to create durable, wearable art, functional goods, and other leather gift items. Among the most important ingredients in my work are an eye for design, detail, and color, an understanding of the nature of the leather and other materials, plus the patience to do the work right. My commitments are to creating useful, high-value, reasonably-priced, long-lasting, handmade genuine leather products, and to satisfying my customers with excellent service and a top-quality product that my family and I use, ourselves.

I personally make every item that I sell. Most of what you will see in my shop right now will be my hand tooled leather belts. Many other items are available, but time to photograph all items is at a premium in a one-man shop. If I run out of stock of an item, it will disappear from the shop until I make more. If you have seen a design that you liked, but don't see it now, then please check http://www.etsy.com/shop/DDJLeather/sold and you should be able to find it there.

You can always convo me for a Made-To-Order version of any of my sold items. I will gladly renew and Reserve the listing for you. Most of my made-to-order belts take 2 or 3 days to complete and be ready to ship. (NOTE: Bronze buckles may not be readily available, so those belts may take longer to deliver.)

To follow what I am doing, or what I'm about to do, you can follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DDJLeather

Thank you for visiting my little leather shop.

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Product lines: Each Product line is identified by the first 2 characters of my design number.
BELTS
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B0 - 1" belts
B1 - 1.25" belts
B2 - 1.5" belts
B3 - 1.75" belts
B7 - These are Very Skinny belts, from 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch, or made of cording with other leather components.
B8 - 30mm belts - This size is just over 1 1/8" wide, and is an excellent choice for dress and childrens' belts. These are all furnished with hand-finished buckles, made completely in Rhode Island.

CUFFS
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C0 - C8 Same widths as similarly numbered leather belts
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ABOUT PRODUCT PHOTOS:
All of my product photos are taken in the shop. Those shots where the background appears to be a golden-colored wool are shot with Flash, and the natural color wool, without. Flash simply allows more detail to show up on deeper-toned leather goods.

ABOUT SHIPPING CHARGES:
For orders that include multiple items, I will recalculate shipping for the order according to your country, and refund excess postage via PayPal. PayPal refunds you for that amount according to the payment method you chose for the transaction. (This applies to US Domestic shipping. No international guarantees or postal insurance is available at this time.)

*** If you prefer to make a custom order for MULTIPLE items...
(1) Send me a conversation listing the items that you would like to order.
(2) Once we have all of the necessary details, I will send you a detailed quote for your approval, including any multi-item discount, shipping reduction, any additional time requirement, and/or additional international postage requirement, along with the total order amount.
(3) If you tell me that you approve, then I will place a Reserved Custom Order Listing, according to what you and I have agreed to, for you to purchase at that point.
(4) When you purchase the Reserved listing, I will start working on any of your custom item(s), and reserve any ordered stock items for your order.

Announcement

I offer Premium quality handmade, hand tooled, hand-dyed, and hand-finished full-grain cowhide leather goods, made using the best tooling leathers, dyes, and finishes I can find to create durable, wearable art, functional goods, and other leather gift items. Among the most important ingredients in my work are an eye for design, detail, and color, an understanding of the nature of the leather and other materials, plus the patience to do the work right. My commitments are to creating useful, high-value, reasonably-priced, long-lasting, handmade genuine leather products, and to satisfying my customers with excellent service and a top-quality product that my family and I use, ourselves.

I personally make every item that I sell. Most of what you will see in my shop right now will be my hand tooled leather belts. Many other items are available, but time to photograph all items is at a premium in a one-man shop. If I run out of stock of an item, it will disappear from the shop until I make more. If you have seen a design that you liked, but don't see it now, then please check http://www.etsy.com/shop/DDJLeather/sold and you should be able to find it there.

You can always convo me for a Made-To-Order version of any of my sold items. I will gladly renew and Reserve the listing for you. Most of my made-to-order belts take 2 or 3 days to complete and be ready to ship. (NOTE: Bronze buckles may not be readily available, so those belts may take longer to deliver.)

To follow what I am doing, or what I'm about to do, you can follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DDJLeather

Thank you for visiting my little leather shop.

NOTES ------------------------------------------------
Product lines: Each Product line is identified by the first 2 characters of my design number.
BELTS
__________
B0 - 1" belts
B1 - 1.25" belts
B2 - 1.5" belts
B3 - 1.75" belts
B7 - These are Very Skinny belts, from 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch, or made of cording with other leather components.
B8 - 30mm belts - This size is just over 1 1/8" wide, and is an excellent choice for dress and childrens' belts. These are all furnished with hand-finished buckles, made completely in Rhode Island.

CUFFS
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C0 - C8 Same widths as similarly numbered leather belts
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ABOUT PRODUCT PHOTOS:
All of my product photos are taken in the shop. Those shots where the background appears to be a golden-colored wool are shot with Flash, and the natural color wool, without. Flash simply allows more detail to show up on deeper-toned leather goods.

ABOUT SHIPPING CHARGES:
For orders that include multiple items, I will recalculate shipping for the order according to your country, and refund excess postage via PayPal. PayPal refunds you for that amount according to the payment method you chose for the transaction. (This applies to US Domestic shipping. No international guarantees or postal insurance is available at this time.)

*** If you prefer to make a custom order for MULTIPLE items...
(1) Send me a conversation listing the items that you would like to order.
(2) Once we have all of the necessary details, I will send you a detailed quote for your approval, including any multi-item discount, shipping reduction, any additional time requirement, and/or additional international postage requirement, along with the total order amount.
(3) If you tell me that you approve, then I will place a Reserved Custom Order Listing, according to what you and I have agreed to, for you to purchase at that point.
(4) When you purchase the Reserved listing, I will start working on any of your custom item(s), and reserve any ordered stock items for your order.

Daniel Jones

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Daniel Jones

About

A craftsman's journey

I started working as a leather craftsman in the town of Tullahoma, TN, in 1973, along with my wife.
First, it was a hobby, then grew into a business with the establishment of our first store, Highland Handicrafts, followed by Leather 'n' Things, for which we were recognized by the Tennessee Arts Commission. During those years we became members of the Tennessee Artist's and Craftsmen's Association, and the Northeast Alabama Craftsmen's Association. We showed and sold our work at several art and craft shows and other festivals. We received several awards for our work, travelled throughout the Southeast U.S., met lots of talented new friends from all over the United States and Canada, and sold our work to people from over 20 countries. We both grew somewhat homesick, having left our Kansas City home in 1969, so we decided to return to home and family, sell our small retail shop, and start another more focused business.
In 1977, I established "The Great Plains Leather Company" in Kansas City, wholesaling handmade belts and bags to stores, mainly in Tennessee and Florida.
In 1978, I converted my leather working back to a hobby, and went to work in Information Technology for the next 29 years, almost entirely with John Deere.
I have finally returned full time to my leatherwork after retiring from Deere. I still love designing and creating new, useful, functional, and beautiful things, and seeing people enjoy them.

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  • Daniel D. Jones

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    From Kansas City, Missouri, I learned to appreciate art and artists via art classes at the Nelson Art gallery, starting at age 6. My artist aunt, Elcia Thompson, influenced my development even before that. Craftsmanship drives me - art is its core!

Local

Find DDJLeather at the following upcoming markets!

  • Craftsmen Classic Roanoke

    Roanoke Civic Center, 710 Williamson Rd NE

    Roanoke, VA

    Oct 14–16

    Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary. This show is a winner of Sunshine Artist “100 Best” awards.

  • Craftsmen Classic Chantilly

    Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Dr

    Chantilly, VA

    Oct 21–23

    Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary. This show is a winner of Sunshine Artist “200 Best” awards.

  • Craftsmen's Classic™ Art & Craft Festival

    Richmond International Raceway, 600 E Laburnum Ave

    Richmond, VA

    Nov 4–6

    Richmond's Favorite Art & Craft Show! Voted consistently as one of the top 100 shows In The Nation - #3 in Virginia and #8 In The Nation - "200 Best" Arts & Crafts Shows, Sunshine Artist Magazine 2015 A Southeastern Tourism Society 2008 "Top 20 Event" Named a "Top 200" Show in the Nation by Art Fair Source Book

  • Craftsmen Classic Greensboro

    Greensboro Coliseum Complex - Greensboro,

    Greensboro, NC

    Nov 25–27

    Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary. This show is a winner of Sunshine Artist “200 Best” awards.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 28, 2012
I believe that nothing should be bought or sold unless BOTH the buyer and the seller find the transaction satisfying. If you see an item that you like and it is too small for you, you can go ahead and order the one you like, and I will duplicate it in your size. Belts 48" or longer may require additional time to produce, and require an additional materials charge of $2 to $5, unless the Belt is Listed as "Extra Long" or "(XL)" in the shop.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept PayPal and all of the major credit/debit cards or eChecks (a draft from your checking account) that can be used on PayPal Checkout. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use it, most bank cards and eChecks are accepted at checkout. If you wish to use a credit/debit card or a check via PayPal, be sure to click on the PayPal link to check out.

I also accept direct Credit or Debit Card payment through Etsy, using your choice of credit/debit cards. To use this option, click on the individual Credit Card Logo of your choice when you are ready to check out.

North Carolina Sales Tax is added where appropriate.
Shipping
Shipping and Insurance are included for All domestic (USA) shipments. Unconfirmed addresses may require the signature of a recipient.
Normally, I will ship by USPS Parcel Post or First Class mail. My Non-USA shipments are not insured or tracked through the US Postal Service. (Other shipment methods for International delivery are still being investigated for better international service.)

Priority Shipping:
Please contact me before entering your order if you need a priority shipment. Priority Mail is available and I can bill separately for the difference between my normal shipping method and Priority Mail (Normally about a $4.25 added charge for a medium package-sized order).

Duty and Customs:
If you are outside of the USA, payment of any Duty or Customs fees is your responsibility.

ABOUT SHIPPING CHARGES:
For orders that include multiple items, I will recalculate shipping for the order according to your country and/or Postal Zone, and provide an appropriate Shipping Rebate via PayPal. PayPal then refunds you for that amount according to the payment method you chose for the transaction. (This applies to US Domestic shipping. No international guarantees or postal insurance is available at this time.)

*** If you prefer to make a CUSTOM ORDER for multiple items...
(1) Send me a conversation listing the items that you would like to order.
(2) I will reply with any multi-item discount, shipping reduction, or additional international postage requirement, along with the total order amount for your approval.
(3) If you tell me that you approve, then I will place a Reserved Custom Order Listing according to what you and I have agreed to, for you to purchase at that point.


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SHIPPING HOLDS and ORDER CANCELLATIONS:
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I will make every reasonable attempt to fulfill your order quickly, accurately, and to your satisfaction. Cancellation is occasionally necessary due to unclear, unavailable, or missing sizing information. If I have questions on your order, the order immediately goes into a Shipping Hold until I get clarification from you. To avoid this when ordering any leather apparel items, Please be sure to check my Sizing Guidelines, under "Additional Policies and FAQs", below.

My Order Cancellation Process:
If there is a shipping hold on your order I will send my question to you via Etsy Convo. The order will remain on Shipping Hold until I receive a clarifying response.
If I receive no response to the Etsy Convo within 1 day, I will send a copy of it to your email as listed on Etsy. After 7 days from my email to you, I will send you a note regarding the impending cancellation, the reason for cancellation, and the amount of your full refund to be returned.
If I receive a response from you before the cancellation deadline, and you request that I hold for a time, I will continue holding for the time you need to be able to answer my question.
If there is no answer to the cancellation note, the following day I will unfortunately have to cancel your order, refund your payment, and re-list the item(s) from your invoice.
Refunds and Exchanges
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Refunds are NOT made for...
...1. Incorrect Size on the Order of belts. Of course, if I ship the wrong size, I will refund or replace the item at my expense.
...2. Personalized or Custom items.

* BE SURE to check the Sizing Guidelines in "Additional Policies", below, to properly size your belt, Cuff, or other sized product order.
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Exchanges for other goods are allowed provided that the goods are returned in new, unworn, readily re-sellable condition. Such Exchanges must be made within 14 days (2 weeks) of the original Shipment Date. The item will be replaced with the same product and specifications as the returned item. Worn or damaged Items cannot be refunded or exchanged. (NOTE: Shipping damage is the responsibility of the carrier. Please inspect your item with the carrier if the package appears to be in poor condition.)

Sales of personalized items are Final, with NO refund and NO exchange.

If you are buying an item as a gift, and know that it will not be given within the Exchange Time Limit, please convo me with that information in advance. Your satisfaction is as important to me as my own.
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CANCELLED ORDERS
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If I have to cancel an order, you will receive a full refund. This may happen in two different ways.
1.) You request cancellation before work is started on your custom item.
2.) I send a question to you, but receive no response within 7 days of my question. (As described above in SHIPPING HOLDS and ORDER CANCELLATIONS.)
Additional policies and FAQs
Sizing of items is very important. If you have ordered a cuff or belt, but have not supplied the necessary measurement, I will contact you via an Etsy Convo for the information. If I do not get an answer within 3 days of my note to you, I will have to cancel your order, and refund your payment. If cancellation occurs, I will send you another note explaining the situation. All merchandise on the cancelled order will be automatically re-stocked in my Etsy shop, and the original transaction will be null and void.
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Sizing Guidelines:
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**** BELTS ****
Never assume that your Pant/Waist size and Belt size are the Same... EVERYONE'S personal geometry is different! Also check your tape measure against a rigid measurement tool or a steel tape. I have found that some of my own fabric tape measures have shrunken after I have used them for too long.
I will size belts to the nearest 1/4 inch or 1/2 cm.

Method A:
If you have a belt that fits you correctly at the waist (or hip) level where you want to wear your new belt, then measure that belt from the hole you use MOST, back to where the buckle tang meets the buckle end farthest from the hole where you started. This is very important... Be sure to measure along the center of the belt. Good leather curves over time to exactly fit the person wearing it. New leather will do the same, becoming more and more comfortable as it is worn.

Method B:
If you do not have such a belt, please use this process:
1) Put on the article of clothing that you intend to wear the belt with. Measuring this while wearing the clothing is the only way to produce the precisely correct size.
2) Use a flexible, non-stretching and accurate Tape Measure to measure THROUGH the BELT LOOPS of the clothing on which you will wear the belt. (String will NOT work for this since string will stretch and contract too easily.) Hold the tape Snugly while standing and relaxed.
**IMPORTANT**: Do NOT Bend your head down to read the tape. This can add 2 or more inches to your measurement. Pinch the tape with your thumb and forefinger, then remove the tape and read your measurement at your fingertips and verify its accuracy as described above.

Either measurement method should produce a Snug fit. 1/2 or 1/4 inch, or metric measurements are fine, it does not have to be an even size, we're making your own personal belt.

Write the measurement on your order, and I will size the belt to that measurement.

**** Cuffs / Wristbands ****
For Cuffs, especially wide cuffs, please measure your wrist or arm at BOTH the top and the bottom of the location where you want to wear the cuff. If they are not the same, include both measurements on your order. I will make the cuff to fit the larger measurement snugly. Single-snap cuffs will be most comfortable this way.
For a SNUG FIT, be SURE to hold the tape so that it only touches the skin all around. If you pull it tight, the cuff will not fit properly.

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BELT sizing Options
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When I size belts, my standard punching pattern is 5 holes, 7/8" apart. This is not the only option. You may have either the standard 5, or the optional 8 buckle holes.
The 3rd hole is the standard Primary hole on either option. This allows for the change of a buckle to a longer-than-standard "trophy" or "plaque" buckle, and a minimal amount of stretching as the belt conforms to you. The 3rd hole will be placed at the size you specify on your order.
The 8-hole option allows for more wardrobe flexibility, allowing you to wear the belt at either the waist or the hip.
Of course, you may order other non-standard Specific hole measurements as you may need. Here is a crude diagram of a belt with the 8-hole option.

Buckle============o=o=o=o=o=x=o=o====>

The "x" shows the 3rd hole being the measured one. You can copy this on to your order and place the "x" and "o" symbols where you want your measurements.


CUSTOM ORDERS:
At this time, the only Custom Orders that I can fulfill are for minor changes to items that are already on the store site, either for sale or already sold.
Examples are:
- Change hardware from Brass to Nickel or vice-versa
- Same Product Design in a different width or size
- Plain belts, No Tooling
- Same Product Design in a different color
- Limited ability to change buckle from that shown on the store site
- Stamping of initials or names to customize a stock item (Not center names on belts)