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  1. My First Holster

    I use JLS instruction as my template for where to place stitchline. It’s gonna vary by gun and holster type.
  2. Camp Stool

    Here is where I got the pattern data:text/html;base64,PG1ldGEgZGF0YS1mYnByZWZldGNodGFyZ2V0IC8+ There’s a couple others out there without the pockets to hold the seat, the seat is held on by screws in the end of the dowels. Also Tandy sells a kit and a couple other places sell the tri-bolt although the nice ones are expensive.
  3. Camp Stool

    Super comfortable thinking of making a taller version for a tooling and sewing chair.
  4. My First Holster

    I can take both my inside the waistband and outside the waist band holsters and hold them upside down with no worry the gun will fall out. If your stitchline is tight against the trigger guard and the barrel then you’ll have no worries about retention. I’ll glue my portion under the grip(let dry) insert gun take a silver pen and mark where I want my stitch tight to the gun. Remove gun sew. Test for the gun and it’s usually snugger than a bug in a rug wet holster put real gun in ziploc bag and insert into holster and manipulate the leather till I get it exactly where I want it and let dry.
  5. Camp Stool

    Made my first camp stool 1 1/8 dowel for legs and stainless hardware. Seat is some 8/9 shoulder I had, the white is neutral antique I dyed with white acrylic paint
  6. How did you get into leather work?

    How I got started? Well I needed a new radio strap at the firehouse and wanted a pair of suspenders for my bunkers didn’t want to buy. So I decided I could make em. Well that turned into me making 25 or so straps for guys at the station all profit plus some to help a brother whose injury took him off the job. Well that got the fire burning and I decided to learn how to tool. More tools more leather and lots of books and now I’m trying to make it a part-time job. I’m having a blast doing it and it’s great therapy plus I get to work on my schedule.
  7. Book Trunk

    Very cool
  8. Thank you always good to have another tool in the tool box
  9. My First Holster

    First off nice molding and fitment. The decorative stitch is a nice touch. Jd is right the magazine release needs to be exposed as you don’t want it to accidentally get pushed in and release your magazine. Also you need enough room to get a good grip on the firearm for the draw. I also don’t bring up the outside of the holster so high as it’s more leather to clear. I’d also suggest sewing your belt loop & not using rivets while they are strong they will wear your britches.
  10. Always in this craft! Wasn’t the original plan but I’m liking how it came out. Absolutely I’ve learned a bunch from this site and figured I have the obligation to share my knowledge with everyone. No problem Bob
  11. I tried a little experiment this morning. I needed to make my pattern come out/alive after being dyed black. Didn’t wasn’t to take the time to paint and it wasn’t gonna give me the look I wanted. So I took neutral antique paste and added white acrylic dye to it mixed it up real good and rubbed it in like any other paste. It is thinner than we are normally use to dealing with and goes along way and fills in the little cuts nicely.
  12. Stamp Standing or Sitting and work surface hight

    I sit and tool at home and i stand and tool at the fire house both are comfortable to me.
  13. Custom Tooled Shoes

    those are spectacular shoes
  14. Stubby / Can Holders

    those look great
  15. More Hawaiian Tooling

    very nice work!