STRAP # 103
"Tribute to Muddy Waters"
Custom made for JC in Chicago Illinois
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guitar strap depict Muddy Waters story.
Front of the strap: Muddy was born in 1915. into a sharecropping
family in Mississippi . He lived in a wooden shack. What is left of the
cabin is currently displayed at the Blue's Museum in Clarksdale. At age
28 he headed out to Chicago. He took the train out of Clarksdale.
Back of the strap: He arrived at Illinois Central into what must
have been a very different world to what he was used to. Eventually he
made it big at the Checkerboard lounge and recorded with Chess records,
hence the checkerboard pattern on the shoulder .
This strap is hand carved and embossed not just painted, so the design
is slightly raised and will not wear out in a hurry. I used 3mm thick
vegetable tanned Italian modelling hide ( cow hide ) and it is padded
with 3 mm thick Neoprene ( it retains its shape ) which is covered in
pigskin lining leather . It has a buckle attachment which is covered in
Kangaroo leather . The button holes are also reinforced with Kangaroo
leather and the strap is hand stitched right around with a thick saddlery
grade nylon waxed cord.
|The Muddy Waters strap is
like having a Picasso over your shoulder. And it's comfortable as well
as beautiful. Truly it's a work of art.
Thank you for sticking with it for so long. The work was worth it.
46"- 50 1/2 "- width 2 5/8 "
Chantal Cordey 2009