dakotawolf

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About dakotawolf

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    Male
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    Sioux Falls, SD
  • Interests
    Hunting, Camping, Shooting, Woodworking, & Carpentry

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Learning from my mistakes
  • Interested in learning about
    Holster, belt, and mag pouch making
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  1. Interesting observation. Good looking work.
  2. I'm wondering what you guys use for the hook on a mares leg holster? This is the hook that catches the saddle ring. I found a pic of one that I think is ideal (the 2 attached pics), but will gladly take any suggestions. I have been pouring over the internet for a few hours and didn't find anything. Much to my surprise, I eventually did find a source for the metal spring clip that *should* work for the covered leather fore grip retainer. I'll post the source so the next person will hopefully have an easier time finding it. If someone knows of another source for those, I'd appreciate knowing that as well. http://www.riverjunction.com/Holster--Spring-Clip_p_511.html
  3. Best peices of a hide?

    I find the rear section (near the tail) to be more dense than the shoulders. For this reason I prefer it for holsters.
  4. That sounds like the perfect solution! I'm gonna do just that. Thanks for sharing!!!
  5. That's exactly what I need, but it's about 950 too many of them.
  6. I've converted two hole to three hole, but would MUCH prefer to be able to buy them (in small quantities).
  7. That looks real nice! I don't think you'd have to be elderly for that to be your last holster; looks built to last for years. What keeps the band on (the one with the star)? Does the hammer strap keep it from sliding down? Did you use a full length welt? My very next project is a full western rig for a 686. I think I'm going to be referring to your pics for general guidance on how to make the mainsteam stitch line flow - because yours does it very well.
  8. I'm REALLY starting to like making lined holsters. The rigidity is unmatched compared to unlined holsters of the same thickness. This holster is made from two layers of 4-5oz Hermann Oak glued flesh side to flesh side. I use the "hidden" belt slots mostly because the full thickness of the holster would be a bit cumbersome to have under the belt. I think it looks more refined too. I used the edge finishing technique that John Bianchi shows in his holster making video (just got it for my birthday). The mag pouch is unlined. Any thoughts and criticism are welcome.
  9. Glock Pancake Holster

    Looks nice and clean. For aesthetic appeal maybe try to round the stitch lines around the trigger guard a little. I use a dime to find the right radius in that area. It probably doesn't affect the function, but I think it pleases the eye a little more to have a radius rather than a right angle. Just my two cents; it's still a solid holster.
  10. 686 Avenger Finished

    I like it! The stitch line is spot on. I like the subtle style you built into the reinforcement piece.
  11. Looks PERFECT to me. Is that Wickett & Craig leather?
  12. I'm looking for the three dvd set "The Art and secret of western holster making" by John Bianchi.
  13. Second Holster

    Looks really good! Your second holster, but I assume you're not new to leather work?
  14. Holster belt input

    I hand stitched a belt once - just once. I watched two movies in a single sitting while doing it. The belt was for me; I don't think I could could hand sew belts to sell because it's too time consuming. As for working with long thread on a belt, start at the tip (billet end) and work towards the buckle. When one half of the belt is sewn, start at the tip again using the same hole you started with before, and then sew the other side towards the buckle. At first I though I'd have to sew the entire belt with one length of thread that started at the buckle end and ended at the buckle end (or splice in thread as needed). Luckily my local leather shop guy gave me this advice. I knew it was good advice because I had that "why didn't I think of that feeling". Doing half the belt at a time made it quite a bit easier, and it looks just as good.