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About TexasJack

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  • Birthday January 2

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    sheaths, holsters
  1. Sad news indeed. If you've seen Chuck's DVDs on sheaths or holsters, you know what a great talent he really was. He not only made some beautiful leatherwork and knives, he was very knowledgeable about historic knives, holsters, sheaths, and the techniques for making them. I asked him a simple question on-line one day about a problem I was having. Next thing I knew, we were on the phone for several hours as he walked me through not only "what" to do, but "why to do it that way". That was the first of many phone calls over the years and I cannot begin to tell you how much help he was in guiding me. Chuck was a great guy, a great artist, and will be sorely missed. RIP, Old Friend.
  2. "Old Dad" has been extremely quiet these days. I don't think I know of anyone with more friends and admirers. Gosh, Paul, I thought you were younger than that! Oh, crap, that must mean I'm getting old, too! I'm embarrassed to admit how much help I got over the years from Sandy, Paul, and Chuck Burrows.
  3. Always loved the western, and you did a nice job on the rig!
  4. I've done the same thing - but it's still funny when someone else does it!!
  5. A friend of mine made several knives out of O1 that were carried - and heavily abused - in Afghanistan. They looked better than the one in your photo. What the others have said is absolutely true, that pitting is far too heavy to be caused by veg tan. It's a terrible finish on the blade under the best of circumstances, and he obviously acid-etched that logo.
  6. The answer to your question is far more complicated than you may think. Oils go "rancid" because they oxidize into aldehydes and ketones. Oils that are highly unsaturated (lots of double bonds) become rancid much faster than those that are more saturated (mostly single bonded carbons). Heat, bacteria, and exposure to air all contribute to this. Leather, however, is also a complex and reactive material. Lots of things go on when it is treated. I found the following link that has a lot of information (that may be far over the heads of many people) and it may give you a better understanding. Chemistry of the Leather Industry - New Zealand (Please note that the document is in PDF and the link will cause it to download).
  7. Bear grease? You actually have a source for bear grease, Chuck? BTW, good to see you're still vertical and ventilating!
  8. I don't know why it would be any different, though I must admit that I've never seen enough fat on a deer to make it worthwhile to use it for something.
  9. Leather is, by definition, a "sustainable" resource, as it is naturally grown. When it eventually decays, it consists of organic material and returns to the natural environment. Most leather used for the crafts on here is "veg tan". World-wide, about 80% is chrome tanned, simply because the process is much, much faster. Chrome tanning can be very damaging to the environment, but it doesn't have to be. I know of at least one battery recycler that will take chrome-containing waters and use them in a recycling process that recovers the chrome (for making stainless steel). There are some folks that supply leather that has not been obtained from killing an animal for meat. It's generally expensive. For those of us not sensitive to the consumption of meat, leather is a necessary by-product of the process and anything that puts that to use instead of creating a waste for disposal is a good thing.
  10. About time you posted!! Nice holster.
  11. Like the other posters, I have to say that's a pretty cool pattern and looking forward to seeing the finished product.