About Chilhowee Motorcycle Leather
Having ridden motorcycles since his youth, in early 2001 Chil Livingood
purchased a new big V-twin cruiser and started customizing it to
match his tastes. The first thing he did was to purchase what ended
up being a poor-fitting, cheap looking pair of fringe cowhide lever
covers. He quickly became disgusted with them, took them off, and
threw them in a box in his leather shop.
|Then it dawned on him! Why not craft his own custom designed
leather accessories that will be guaranteed to fit his motorcycle?
And that's exactly what he did. He measured the parts of his
motor where he wanted the accessories, then took some Elk, Deer,
and Buffalo hide from his Native American supplies, and began
making some awesome leather stuff for his scooter! And what
a difference it made! Besides looking and fitting great, they
felt incredibly soft to the touch.
To see if any of his brothers and sisters on the motorcycle forums
might be interested, he made several trips to the Harley-Davidson,
Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Victory, and Yamaha dealerships.
he then carefully measured the varying widths, lengths, and circumferences
of clutch and brake levers, forks and shock covers, floorboards,
etc. so Chil could offer the same custom fitted products for the
most popular cruisers.
When Chil received 40 orders his first week after posting his products
on various motorcycle forums, it became obvious that riders all
over America, Canada, and elsewhere were looking for custom-fitted,
exotic leather accessories. The rest is history! Chilhowee staff
never get tired of reading the email from satisfied customers. It
makes their hard work worth it.
Chil (Tim) Livingood
and daughter Courtney
|Chil and his staff's journey now is a path to find balance,
harmony, and connection with the earth and all life in the Sacred
Circle. Their mission is very simple, and they test everything
they do against it - from selecting leather hides to the way
they protect the fringe from getting wrinkled in the packaging
and shipping process: It is our mission to make sure every customer's
experience with Chilhowee exceeds their expectations, hopes,
"Ours is a journey to harmony and connection that will
bring us to a place of integrity and to care for the Earth and
all our family."
Chilhowee ("Chil") Livingood, Cherokee Artisan