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  1. Vinegroom stinks!

    I have used vinegaroon to dye a couple holsters. It is a great way to create a black piece which will not transfer color to a garment. I used the article from CAS City Forum to guide me through the use of the vinegaroon. It has recipes for a couple of old time dyes. The slurry of baking soda is used to neutralize the vinegaroon.,11991.0.html
  2. Nice work. The color contrast on your projects really catch the eye.
  3. Mexican loop holster ?

    Sorcerer1, I have made a Mexican Loop Holster for my son's cap gun. I found Will Ghormley's walk through on how to make the Johnny Ringo Holster most informative. After I sewed the holster main seam I cased the skirt of the holster, holster and put the cap gun in the holster and inserted it through the loops. Then I pushed down on the edge of the skirt forming the loops around the holster with gun in the holster. There are other pointers Ghormley mentions which will help you in making the holster. Steve
  4. Steer Show Halter Pattern

    Rex, Thanks, that would be great. Ferg, Thanks, for the advice. The photos will be a great source for ideas on hardware to use in building the halter. fivewayswelshcobs, Thank you for sharing the measurements and advice on construction. I enjoy visiting this website as I am able to get sage advice from experienced leatherworkers. When I have the halter made I will post pictures of it. Thanks again for your advice guys. Steve
  5. Steve,


    Here's one that I made.  Sorry, not a great picture.  On mine, I had buckles on each side, shown just under this heifer's right ear.  The buckles are connected to the side pieces.  The strap over the top of the head just has the tips on each end and holes for the buckle tang.

    The side pieces attach to the stainless steel rings on each side of the mouth.  A lead chain goes through the ring on the far side and snaps onto the ring on the visible side.  The nose band also connects to the rings on each side and there is a little 90 degree "L" shaped piece that is sewn in at the ring.  That piece keeps the nose band at 90 degrees to the side pieces.  I've include a rough sketch.  The "L" shaped piece fits right up against the ring and is about 3/4" wide.  

    I have pictures of the original halter that I patterned this one after.  I refurbished the original and then had to get it back to the owner while I built the new one, so I just went off of my pictures.

    Let me know if you'd like those.


    show halter.jpg


    1. Steve75



      That would be great.  Nice job on the halter.  I want to make something similar. 


    2. rejerome


      I combine the jpeg files into a single PDF.  It's a little to large to post here.

      Go to

      Let me know if you have any problems downloading or have any questions.  Be glad to help.

      Thanks for the positive comment on my version.  It was fun.






    3. Steve75



      Thank you for sharing.  I appreciate your offer to help with questions.  You did a great job documenting the original halter.


  6. My niece is showing cattle for 4H. I have been searching in vein for a pattern to make her a halter. Tandy has a pattern pack but its for horses. Anyone know where I might be able to find a pattern to make one? Below is a picture of what I am talking about. Any help is appreciated.
  7. Stohlman's many books on leatherworking are an invaluable source of information. The projects are dated in some cases, however the techniques used to create the objects are fundamental to developing your abilities. He also identifies the tools to acquire for each project, so you don't have to worry about the bone head sales person. These books are readily available at your local Tandy's. I have been fortunate as the Tandy in Sacramento has fairly knowledgeable sales persons. On the weekends when I have been there, there have been a couple knowledgeable leatherworkers floating around the store, which you might be able to strike up a conversation with. This forum is also a great resource. The many artisans on this forum are great and have no problem sharing information and ideas on how to accomplish projects.
  8. Edge Bevelers

    I apologize for the vagueness of my original post. I have read the posts and yours spells out the issue nicely. I don't like that I am not able to use my bevelers on tight corner, especially inside corners. I appreciate all the advice on how to sharpen the bevelers. It is good knowledge. I also have Stohlman's book on leather tools and how to sharpen them. Just looking for recommendations on which bevelers perform well in addressing tight corners without gouging the leather.
  9. Edge Bevelers

    What type and brand edge bevelers are you guys using? I am currently using Tandy Keen Edge Bevelers and have found they are not user friendly when beveling a corner or a tight radius. Any insight given is appreciated.
  10. Few beginner questions about making a hoslter

    The biggest challenge I have is finding the right size container to perform the dip dye in.
  11. Few beginner questions about making a hoslter

    If I am after tan I apply a coat of Neats Foot Oil and allow it tan in the sun. This creates a nice tan color. I dip dye to create brown and black. I dip dye in coffee to create a rich brown color. For black I dip dye in vinegaroon. I keep it simple. If I run out of Neats Foot Oil I substitute Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I don't have to worry about running out of a dye. This is important as the nearest Tandy is over 30 miles away, and as Murphy's Law would dictate is closed when I need something leather related.
  12. Thanks, plinkercases. I appreciate the advise. I have my stitch line at the muzzle of the holster and the toe plug at 3/16". It seems like many of the pictures in Packing Iron show the stitch line is closer then what I am using. I can try setting my stitch line for the muzzle of the holster and toe plug at 1/8". I don't think it would be safe to go any closer to the edge. I just completed a second trial run. It was much easier this time. I had an easier time getting the angle right on the awl. I will have to revise my pattern as it will likely be to tight around the muzzle based on my two trials.