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  1. Good job dikman! The best investment anyone aspiring to make historically accurate holsters could invest in. I was stoked when I got my copy. I also got Cowboy and Trappings of the Old West. Both books are great resources for pictures of old west related leather.
  2. Range Holster

    Good job on the tooling.
  3. Thank you for the compliments Eddie Q and Josh.
  4. Thank you for the compliments. The entire rig is hand stitched. The rig has only been treated to two light coats of Neatsfoot Oil. The holsters had been exposed to sunlight while waiting for me to sew them up, which resulted in them being darker then the belt. I may remedy that by putting the belt on the patio table on a sunny day which should get the belt close to the same color, or I may leave it as is. I am happy with how they turned out, and appreciate the feedback.
  5. I finally got around to completing this project. The holsters are 8/9 ounce leather lined with 2 ounce pig skin and the belt is 8/9 ounce leather. Jim Simmons shared the cut pattern on Leatherworker. I ended up sewing in toe plugs which provided an interesting challenge. I applied a light coat of Neatsfoot Oil for a finish, and used Fiebings Edge Coat on the belt and holsters.
  6. 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
  7. Nice work. The color contrast on your projects really catch the eye.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.


  11. 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.
  12. 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.