Dwight

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  • Birthday 11/17/1944

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    Central Ohio
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    Church Pastor, Shooter, Leatherworking, Hunting, making most anything for the first time (yeah, I get bored easy)

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  1. If you want to make water proof purses, . . . try vinyl, . . . PVC, . . . or other plastics. Leather can be made water resistant, . . . but you will be fooling yourself and your customers if you advertise "water proof" purses. Resolene is a very good product for that, . . . as well as a combination of beeswax and neatsfoot oil. May God bless, Dwight
  2. The outside would be done first, . . . using an arbor press, . . . maybe 4 at a time, . . . at least two. The inside hole, . . . lay em all out flat, . . . touching each other, . . . hair side up, . . . mallet and small hand punch, . . . done in short order. Anyway, . . . that's how I'd do it. May God bless, Dwight
  3. It cannot fall out of the holster when I hold it upside down and wiggle it a bit. May God bless, Dwight
  4. While it would not be period correct, . . . you could lace it. Using a round punch, . . . and a single line, lazy stitch, . . . it should look pretty good, especially if you used round leather lace. Just make sure if you do that, . . . your welts are plenty wide enough to have the hole punched through them and still hold, . . . I'd suggest a 1/2 in wide welt all the way around. Personally, . . . I'd just go ahead and stitch it, . . . May God bless, Dwight
  5. Do a double 6, . . . inside and out. Makes a great holster, . . . been there, . . . done that, . . . Makes a great belt too. My Western parade rig is made exactly that way, . . . 6/7 oz veggie tan. Doing a Mexican loop is a bit more challenging that the ones I do, . . . as it involves more stitching, . . . but it's still cool. May God bless, Dwight
  6. Yes, . . . welts are leather as well, . . . contact cement "glues" the whole thing together so it does not move while you sew it. That is an ambitious project, . . . and personally I love doing knife sheaths and sword scabbards, . . . it is a real fun break from other things I do. Good luck, . . . there are probably some good videos out there, . . . just be sure to put in a welt all the way around that sword, . . . if you don't, eventually you will cut the stitching, . . . and it will fall apart. May God bless, Dwight
  7. Dwane, . . . here is a pattern idea for you, . . . this is for a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 mag, . . . It is very similar in construction to the one pictured by Wayner, except the skirt comes all the way down. The holes in the skirt are where Chicago screws hold the two narrow straps that keep the holster tight to the skirt. The way you drop the holster is really simple, . . . look at the numbers on the edge of the picture, . . . you simply lengthen the leather piece between 45 and 46. For every two inches longer you make that part, . . . it drops the holster down 1 inch from your waist. You could easily make that a Western drop leg holster if you wanted to do that. PM me with your mailing address, . . . I'll put a paper copy of that in the mail to you if you want it. May God bless, Dwight
  8. Gotta like the concho, . . . But I'm thinking that Dwane said he wanted it to hand down a bit lower, . . . have to wait till he hollers back to see for sure. It is a pretty decent looking holster. I made one for a nephew, . . . little lower drop, . . . sat down in the holster a bit more, . . . May God bless, Dwight
  9. Dwane, . . . what style holster are you looking for? May God bless, Dwight
  10. It is a pretty design, . . . but for US military, . . . it has no application in it's present form that I know of. May God bless, Dwight
  11. I use 346 in 95% of the stuff you can see on my website: belts, holsters, mag carriers, phone carriers, etc. I have 415, . . . and I cannot swear that something on my site may not be done in 415. If I need anything smaller, . . . I use carpet thread and a plastic, Walmart, sewing machine. What little saddle stuff I do, . . . again, . . . 346. Part of that is that my Tippmann Boss likes it best, . . . and I've learned how to use it, . . . May God bless, Dwight
  12. I don't know how you are doing the Resolene, . . . but I've done some extensive testing on my leather goods I produce, . . . have never been able to get any dye transfer from my belts and holsters, . . . using Feibings oil dye and Resolene. One of us obviously is doing something the other one is not doing. My resolene goes on with a brush, . . . and I seriously saturate the leather with it, . . . and it is reduced 50/50 with water. I brush and brush it on, . . . working up a good bubble type lather, . . . then once I've got that good bubble lather, . . . I brush out the bubbles, . . . let it dry, . . . It most certainly is not water proof, . . . but is seriously water resistant, . . . and I've never had a customer complain about dye rub off, . . . and most of my holsters I make are IWB, . . . gets all kinds of sweaty and wet, . . . May God bless, Dwight
  13. Been using weldwood for nigh on to 50 years, . . . only things that ever came apart were things I RIPPED apart. I've heard good things about Barge, . . . but this weldwood pony has never let me down, . . . why change now??? May God bless, Dwight
  14. I never do, . . . the stitch line that works for an 8 oz will work for a 5 + 3 or a 4 + 4, . . . or at least has so far. May God bless, Dwight
  15. Actually, . . . if you have never done one of these, . . . you will be pleasantly surprised at the rigidity of it. The 5 and 3 makes 8 in normal math, . . . but in rigidity, . . . it will become more like a 10 or 12 oz, . . . which is always good for retention. Personally, I use suede on some of my holsters, . . . the thing about the chrome tanning rusting the gun is an old wives tale far as I'm concerned, . . . even had a guy wrap a piece of 1 inch round stock in suede, . . . stuck it in a safe, . . . months later, unwrapped it, . . . no rust whatsoever. Suede will however, . . . as mentioned, . . . pick up dust and dirt if given an chance, . . . THAT can be hard on a gun's finish. The key is to not over oil the gun, . . . most of the time that will take care of the dirt problem. It can also get wet, . . . and not be noticed, . . . and THAT will cause that beautiful blued S&W or Colt to rust up and make a grown man cry. Suede also makes a little better retention on these plastic fantastic guns that are all the rage nowadays, . . . in some cases. The nice thing is that it will compress a tad, where veggie tan won't, . . . and if it does it stretches. May God bless, Dwight