Ray Holes Leather Care Products Family Story
In the 1930's Idaho saddle maker Ray Holes needed a conditioner and waterproofing to put on new saddles to help repel the elements of weather, etc. The "dubbin" he developed also restored life to older leathers. The first Ray Holes Leather Care Product was developed and called SADDLE BUTTER®.
As ranchers and farmers came in to purchase new leather items or have repairs done (they used much harness in those days) they saw the benefits of the SADDLE BUTTER® for restoring and protecting leather. They wanted to buy SADDLE BUTTER® for their own use and would bring in jars to fill and take home. Ray started producing for resale. Over 80 years later, it remains our number one leather care product.
In 1942, CHAP WAX® was developed. There was a need for a good water proofing to be used on leather items which needed protection from the wet weather. This included chaps, chinks, boots, etc.
By the 1970's retailers that sold boots and shoes wanted a different name on the waterproofing to make sales easier. Many of their customers, by now, were not ranch or farm people, so the name DRi-BOOT® satisfied that need.
When Generation II, Gerald Ray Holes (Jerry) became the owner of Ray Holes Saddle Company he developed VAQUERO RAWHIDE CREAM®, our fastest growing product.
By the 1980's, the demand for these products was becoming great enough that we saw fit to separate the leather care products from the saddle company, and Ray Holes Leather Care Products, Inc. became a wholesale manufacturing business on its own.
Ray Holes Leather Care Products, Inc. continues to receive great word-of-mouth advertising from our leather-loving customers and the retailers in fourteen countries that offer our products.
Sarah Rowley, Generation IV Owner/Operator at Ray Holes Leather Care Products
Sarah purchased Ray Holes Leather Care from her grandparents Ellamae and Gerald Holes in 2014. She enjoys carrying on her family's heritage. Much like her great-grandfather and grandfather, she continues the tradition of small-batch manufacturing of the highest quality, all-natural, locally sourced ingredients available.