As a young boy on an Amish farm, I loved the quiet lifestyle. We farmed with Belgian Draft horses, milked eight cows by hand, and at the end of the day, we sat around the table and sang old gospel songs. My parents always showed hospitality, and often we fed strangers & travelers.
My love for leatherwork grew from my farming experience with horses.
At 12 years old, I was driving eight big Belgian Horses on a disk or plow.
At the end of the day, Dad and I would repair our harnesses and collars, preparing for the next day. Dad’s favorite quote was, “Stitch in time saves nine”. Also, “If it squeaks, fix it! Grease it, sew it.”
My father and grandfather were innovative, so I naturally developed a love for leatherwork. It always gave me great satisfaction. By the time I was a teen, I was running a sewing machine, using old equipment, peddling sewing machines, and eventually hooking up a line shaft with belts and pulleys to power equipment. We were Amish and had no electricity, so we utilized gas lighting! In 1996 I hired my 1st sales rep trying to sell to western stores and develop horse tack & saddle gear.
Our slogan, “Wear the Brand” is part of our branding campaign. We offer a lifetime repair guarantee. You can send us any leather product from Graber Harness that needs repair and receive free repairs for the life of the product. We are three generations of leather craftsmen serving Humbly at what God has given us.
We eventually changed the name to Graber Harness & Saddlery Co. serving a wide market of leather goods needs. Between 2000 and 2003, we developed our first belt systems with the help of a local worker out of LC 147 Fort Wayne, and the first bolt bag was born. Then came the belt system. Today, we have over 75 leather belts, bags, and tool holders in our line serving the construction workers industry worldwide!
With over 100 years of leather craftsmanship, Graber Harness guarantees you won’t find a better casual leather belt anywhere Visit our online shop today to view our available casual belts and suspenders and find the one that matches your unique style and needs.
Join our growing community. Sign up today to stay abreast of the latest trends in leather products.