dhaverstick

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    Fair Grove, MO
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    traditional bowhunting, traditional muzzleloader hunting, sewing leather, reading, freelance writing, nerd stuff

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  1. Thanks, all! The bag went to a good home Saturday night. I saw the guy who bought it the next morning and his girlfriend said he fell asleep with the bag on his chest like he wanted to be buried with it. I thought that was pretty funny! Darren
  2. This is a shooting bag/purse I finished last night. I'm donating it to the United Bowhunters of Missouri Festival live auction held this coming Saturday, February 9th. The body of the bag is elk hide and the trim is deer hide. The dark brown bling is elephant ear and the scaly stuff is ostrich leg skin. I carved the D rings and hooks from moose antler and the buttons from deer antler. Everything was sewn by hand using artificial sinew. The bag has a large main compartment and a patch pocket on the inside. It has a gusset pocket on the front and a patch pocket on the back.The strap is adjustable. Hopefully, it will make the club a little money. Darren Front of bag Back of bag Inside main compartment Front outer pocket Back outer pocket Side of bag Strap closeup
  3. Thank you all for the kind words! I talked to the auctioneer yesterday and he said he's already thinking of a starting number for this quiver and it isn't going to be cheap. We'll see. Ted Nugent and his wife are supposed to be at this shindig. Maybe he'll open his wallet a little and take this quiver home. Darren
  4. No, it's any form of archery. Most of the present inductees are target shooters from the heyday of the 50's and 60's. There are also some well-known bowhunters and archery manufacturers like Fred Bear, Glen St. Charles, Gail Martin, and Bob Lee. Darren
  5. I finished this back quiver last night. It's a donation that will be auctioned off in a couple of weeks at The Archery Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield, MO. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. All the black leather is american bison and all the gold leather is deer except for the arrowhead which is bison too. The reddish-brown leather outlining the emblem and arrowhead is leather from an elephant's ear. It is also on the straps. The reddish-brown bands at the top and bottom of the quiver are carp hide. I carved the strap buttons out of antler material I took off a buck I killed with my longbow. Every needle hole was punched by hand and every stitch was sewn by hand using artificial sinew. Hopefully, it will make a little money for the museum. Darren
  6. I recently finished these arm guards for a couple of customers. Both have a vegetable-tanned cowhide backing. The facing on the brown one is hippo hide and the facing on the other one is elephant ear leather. The arrowhead is diamondback rattlesnake skin and I burned the bear onto a piece of elk hide. The trim on both is New Zealand red deer. I carved the lace hooks out of some antlers I took off a buck I killed with my longbow. Everything was sewn by hand using artificial sinew, B-50, and B-55. The last two materials I use to make bow strings out of too. Darren
  7. I finished these two arm guards last weekend. It was just pure coincidence that both customers wanted a dark brown facing with a petroglyph on it. The one with the man dragging a deer has a facing made of hippo hide. The other one is caiman. Both have elk hide trim and I burned the petroglyphs onto a piece of elk hide with a woodburning tool. I carved the lace hooks out of deer antler and sewed everything up by hand with artificial sinew. Darren
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    Archery arm guard

    Thanks, all! Noobleather, it takes me longer to carve the lace hooks than anything else. Not counting that, I'd say I have 5 hours in it. Darren
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    Archery arm guard

    Here's an arm guard I finished over the weekend. It will be a raffle item at an archery event next weekend. The backing is vegetable tanned cowhide. The maroon facing is shrunken bullhide and the tan facing is cape buffalo. The olive trim is New Zealand red deer. I carved the lace hooks from deer antler and sewed the whole thing up by hand using artificial sinew. Hopefully, it will make the archery club a little money. Darren
  10. I finished this shooting bag for a good friend, and fellow blackpowder hunter, just in time for turkey season. He is a taxidermist and had done a lot of work for me without charge. After I badgered him a while he finally said he would take a shooting bag as payment. He wanted it specifically for turkey hunting so that's what he got. The stalls hold pre-measured powder and shot and the other pockets are for a pot call and strikers. The body of the bag is bison hide. The turkey fan is made from tanned carp skin and the turkey feet are ostrich leg skin. The morel mushrooms are made from rattlesnake skin and all the trim is New Zealand red deer hide. I carved the buttons and clasp from deer antler and everything was sewn by hand using artificial sinew. Hopefully, I will get a picture of this bag laying next to a big gobbler this spring! Darren
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    Back quiver and matching arm guard

    Thanks, all! Sheilajeanne, those two bumps are where I put a small piece of leather over the spots where the trim edges meet. I hate leaving a raw edge showing! Darren
  12. Well, after many long hours and sore fingers, I finally finished my donation to the United Bowhunters of Missouri Festival live auction. This year's offering is a back quiver and matching arm guard. The maroon leather is bull hide and the golden leather is cape buffalo. The light trim and bling are deer hide. I burned the shapes onto the leather with a wood burning tool. I carved the lace hooks and buttons from deer antler and sewed everything up by hand using artificial sinew. Hopefully, these items will make the club a little money. Darren
  13. Thanks, everyone! Kulafarmer, I killed that moose about 70 miles north of Edmonton, AB. The guide and I skinned it out in the bush and took it to a tannery in Edmonton which, oddly enough, sent it to someplace in Ontario to actually tan it. From the time I turned the hide in to the time I received my leather took about a year. What amazed me about the whole deal was the price; only $7 a square foot! The hide those rifles are laying on is the finished product and I think I ended up with a little over 30 square feet of 5 ounce leather. What I do to outline the colored pieces is glue down 1/8" leather lace around the perimeter and then sew it down with a single thread of artificial sinew using an "X" stitch. Darren