Shop Aprons and the joy of customization

I love doing custom work. While there is satisfaction in completing large orders of aprons, tool rolls, and coffee mugs, it pales in comparison to the feeling of creating a custom piece. Handcrafting something to fit the exact needs of the person who will be using it is a concept we built our business on. While it's not ideal in terms of efficiency and production, it more than makes up for it with every satisfied customer. I've made a lot of custom aprons these last few months. It's a lot of fun to hash out the details with the customer before construction begins. It's challenging trying to implement ideas the customer comes up with. Some end up as a one-off build, not really practical enough to offer as a permanent option. Others are so ingenious and useful, they've made their way into the rotation for good. Here are a few examples of custom work for you to peruse. 

This apron was my first, but hopefully not last, two tone apron. It was also the first double graduated chest pocket. I think it was a wonderful concept that the customer came up with. I liked it so much, I made a pattern of the pocket in anticipation of making more in the future.  

Two tone custom shop apron with double graduated chest pocket :: Texas Heritage Woodworks

Contrasting stitch color can be intimidating. Any misstep or poor stitches will be obvious. But when executed correctly, wow! The custom embroidery should tell you all you need to know!

Trouble Maker custom apron with contrasting thread :: Texas Heritage Woodworks

One of the best choices for customization is embroidery. In the eyes of the customer, it adds an immediate perception of professionalism and pride in your work. For the craftsman, well, it just looks awesome!

Custom Embroidery on shop apron :: Texas Heritage Woodworks

Another example of custom embroidery. We can stitch almost anything. Contact us for more info on personalization. 

Custom embroidery on a shop apron :: Texas Heritage Woodworks

Sometimes two lower pockets just aren't enough!

Custom apron with three lower pockets with flaps :: Texas Heritage Woodworks

This simple utility ring has countless uses. Whether it's used as simple storage for a marking gauge or a place to clip your dust collector remote, you will find it is a valuable addition. 

Utility ring on a custom shop apron :: Texas Heritage Woodworks

For all of the Southpaws out there, left handed versions are available!!! The chest pocket and waist strap have been flipped, allowing for greater ease of use for the lefties! 

Custom left handed apron by Texas Heritage Woodworks

This magnetic patch is a recent addition that was conceived by a talented instrument maker. He needed a convenient place to stick small screws and hardware during restorations and builds. There is a small pocket on the back side of the apron that houses a rare earth magnet. The pocket allows for easy removal if necessary. 

Hidden magnet pocket provides a great place to keep up with small screws and other things that would be lost. :: Texas Heritage Woodworks

And these rare earth magnets are strong!!!! While it may not be practical to carry around a hammer in this fashion, the coolness factor cannot be denied!

Rare earth magnets are very strong! :: Texas Heritage Woodworks

This is a custom tape measure holder that was added to my first ever apron order. The leather and rivet construction produce a slim, convenient means for storing a tape measure or pocket square. 

Custom tape measure holder on a shop apron made by Texas Heritage Woodworks.

Once any apron order is complete, I personally wear it around the shop for a half hour or so. Once I'm satisfied that the fit, finish, and overall construction are worthy, I'll add one of our labels and send it out the door to its new owner. 

Custom shop aprons by Texas Heritage Woodworks

We greatly encourage custom orders. If you have an idea or suggestion, let us know! We will work pesky with you to see the concept through to fruition. The shop apron is one of the few tools that gets used every single day. You might as well have one that works the way you want it to! If it's not working for you, it may very well be working against you.