The "hand-specific", intuitive, tool holder placement evolved with every prototype Darryl Thurner developed and his designs became the envy of his co-workers, who benefited from enhanced "working rhythm" on the job. Left side bags were designed with the angle square neatly tucked between the main and outer "fastener" bag; right side bags were designed to hold the most commonly used tools; knife, pencil, lumber crayon, level, pencils, hammer.
In 1981 the business grew out of it's facility in Occidental and moved to a larger location in Valley Ford, CA, a small coastal community located 45 miles north of San Francisco, CA. In 1995, Occidental Leather® moved to an historic building in downtown Santa Rosa, CA.
Darryl Thurner put together an "A" team of carpenters, engineers, electricians and plumbers who renovated the turn of the century building in a miraculous time frame and once again Occidental flourished for another 10 years in this location.