This all started with an old cardboard box that belonged to my grandfather, Boyd Farrow. He was born August 21, 1938 in Norman, Oklahoma. He moved to the Sacramento area of California, married my grandmother, worked as a lineman, and raised German Short Haired Pointers. He enjoyed motorcycles, fast cars, and whiskey. He passed away from leukemia at age 38, long before I was born. This box was the only tie I had to him as a child. Inside this box there was an old jacket (anyone remember the old Lee Storm Rider jackets?), Cash's Folsom Prison record, a tobacco pipe, and a leather belt he made. Of all the trinkets in the box, this leather belt stuck out to me.
Boyd Farrow's Hand Tooled Belt and Tobacco Pipe Circa 1965
He hand tooled it himself, applied the stain and finish, and hand hammered the necessary hardware. A simple piece of a daily wardrobe, there was something about this belt that caused some sort of connection. I felt like I knew a man I had never met. I began to see that something as simple as a belt can be a vehicle of story. He could have gone to a department store and picked up a belt, but for some reason, he chose to do it himself.
The aging of this belt over years of use showed me one thing: the things we own are a reflection of who we are. They are the paper upon which we write our own personal histories. You have histories that you are currently writing, and we know that you want your stories to be ones worth reading about. We're right there with you. That's we make high quality, American made leather goods that give you the opportunity to pass something down to those who come after you.
Boyd Farrow, circa 1960's
We make all of our products by hand in Portland, OR using strictly USA made materials. No sweat shops, no middle man, just quality western inspired leather goods using only domestically sourced materials. Pieces made to last, made to remind you of where you've been, and pieces that tell your story.
Farrow Co. is committed to craft, quality, service, and above all; people.
- Austin Boyd - Founder/Lead Craftsman