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rack after rack of leather merchandise, all expertly wrought either internally by the staff or, supplied by multiple, higher-end leather manufacturers within the United States or, from abroad. There’s still the ranch and farm items (many are unique to the company) but also, bags, purses, holsters, cases, sheaths, belts, wallets and more. The extensive inventory numbers well into the thousands. And, if a customer can’t find what they’re looking for on the shelf, as Terri offers, “We generally can make it for him or her,” with stunning results reflecting the degree of expert construction, tooling and artistry involved. The store is also replete with leather-working supplies including dyes, finishes, whole hides (including some exotics) and all of the related the paraphernalia needed for leather crafting. Hobbyists and professionals love the place. But, Ludwig & Marglin Leather offer-
ings don’t stop there. The store sells knives, buckles, spurs and other metal items and, the same artisans that are so accomplished with cowhide are also amazing when it comes to engraving, etching and decorating the same. The finished work, displaying a harmonization of steel and leather, can be beautiful. There are also many other fun, practical and wearable products available but, you’ve just got to go there to see it all. So, what’s in the future for Ludwig & Marglin, another 79 years? For their many loyal customers spread across the nation and beyond, let’s hope so. With Terri now in the saddle (but with frequent visits and advice from a semi-retired Al Ludwig), the future looks as bright as the conchos on a custom-made L&M belt. FYI • Ludwig & Marglin Leather Company is at 197 South Seguin in New Braunfels. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, visit the web site at ludwigsleather.com or call 860-629-0540.
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Ludwig & Marglin’s crafter Craig Gourley at work on some holsters. Photo by Ernie Altgelt.
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