Gene started his belt making career on Pier 39 in San Francisco in 1977. He has been making belt and other custom leather work ever since. He picks out the leather himself and cuts every piece by hand from the original cow hide. Gene believes that he should only use the best leather and uses Herman Oaks leather from Herman Oaks leather Company when making all of his products. Gene creates custom belts, wrist bands, hair barrettes and dog collars.
Gene has called La Pine Oregon his home for the past 20 years. He has spent a lot of time on the road traveling to fine arts and wine festivals from Central California to Northern Oregon. He also does several large Gun shows and spends many summer weekends in Ashland Oregon on the Calle Guanajuato as part of the Lithia Artisans Market.