About Hood Leather Goods

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In the late 1920's, the company was started by Frank W. Hood, Sr., as a manufacturer of leather saddles. Early on, Mr. Hood realized the demand for saddles would diminish as the automobile became prevalent in society. In the early 1930's, Hood Leather Goods became associated with Wendt Manufacturing Co., which was a pool table manufacturer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hood Leather Goods became their supplier for the leather pool table pockets, as well as Brunswick Corporation and other pool table manufacturers throughout the country. The company survived the Depression and World War II. Frank Hood, Jr. took over the running of the company until his death in the mid-1960's.

The family sold the company to Roy Gates and Dick Quirk in 1968. Mr. Gates and Mr. Quirk were taught the traditions that had been passed down through the Hood family for forty years. The techniques of splitting the leather, forming the leather, dipping and dying the leather were all techniques needed to continue the handcrafted quality of Hood Leather Goods' pockets. Roy and Dick successfully ran the business for 16 years. In 1984, they sold the company to the present owners, Gordon and Sarah Hammill. Gordon and Sarah spent the early years learning the traditions of leather crafting and all aspects of production while building relationships in the billiard industry and slowly growing the company.

In 1992, Hood leather Goods acquired Professional Leather Products, a pocket manufacturer in San Diego, California. It was at this point that Hood Leather Goods started production of vinyl pool table covers. Pool table covers now make up a significant part of the company's production.

Hood Leather Goods is proud of its long tradition in the billiard industry and providing old world handcrafted leather pockets and quality vinyl covers to hundreds of manufacturers and retailers throughout the world.

In 2003, Hood Leather Goods opened a duplicate manufacturing plant in Mainland China. These two facilities in China and Wisconsin use the same leather, castings, leather finish, and hand crafted techniques used by Hood Leather Goods for over 80 years. This factory in China only produces leather pool table pockets for Hood Leather Goods. The purpose of this second facility is to give Hood Leather Goods’ customers flexibility in cost and expand Hood Leather Goods’ position in the global market.

In 2008, Hood Leather Goods became the only domestic manufacturer of leather pool table pockets. Hood Leather Goods will continue to operate the facility in Wisconsin to meet all the custom needs for leather pool table pockets and pool table covers. Hood Leather Goods is proud of its long tradition in the billiard industry and providing old world handcrafted leather pockets and quality vinyl covers to hundreds of manufacturers and retailers throughout the world.