All posts by Wes

Leather Shortage

We’ve been having problems since Christmas trying to keep inventory of the Protectors in stock due to the inability to get quality leather in a timely fashion. The global market for leather has exploded with China using more and more as their economy grows exponentially while the cattle herds have dwindled to pre 1950’s levels due to the drought. Leather has become more scarce and the prices are constantly increasing. We’ve been told by .


Quality is that nebulous goal we all strive for and are never sure we’re ever going to reach… When you’re making leather gloves, quality and consistency are paramount. We have more issues trying to maintain consistency with our split cowhides than we do with the goatskins. The leather must be supple enough to bend and yet stiff enough to maintain it’s shape. We’re pleased with the leather we’re using now. It’s strong… stronger than .

How Bear Wallow Gloves began…

My wife and I started selling gloves to see if we could make it worthwhile as a retirement business. It’s actually been a lot more fun and certainly more challenging than we had originally anticipated. Everything takes longer and is much more complicated than you originally assume but we’ve certainly learned a lot! We’ve gone to quite a few home and garden shows and are always trying new venues to get a chance to .

How the Protector Rose Gloves came to be…

One day my wife was complaining about the constant scratches and scars she was getting from working with her roses. Being a lover of gloves, I started looking around to see if I could find a pair that would give her arms the protection they needed. I was surprised to find so few choices and none of them were what I would call outstanding so we started looking into creating our own rose gloves. .