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  1. Just finished my first belt bag to go with my archery set. I'm quite pleased with it. Got a better tool for the basket weave, and the antiquing went a lot better than first time round. Lesson learned there is waiting for a day between each step. Photos show the belt bag and the completed archery set, which I'm already using :-)
  2. My friend commissioned me to make him a hip quiver and arm guard with a Loki theme. This is my first attempt at a quiver, I can't wait to see it in action. Any recommendations/comments on these pieces? I'd love to hear what I can improve on. Thanks! Corey www.theleathergeek.com
  3. Finished this beauty and had it delivered this last weekend. This was my fourth quiver, and the first Mongolian Horse Quiver I've made. This quiver was a blast to make, even if the stitching took way longer than I would have liked (the longer it takes the more movies I get to watch, right?). This style of quiver was design to wear strapped to the thigh and would traditionally hold six arrows.
  4. Hi everybody, After having shown my arm guard in the show off section I have been requested the pattern by some of you. I did much more than a simple pattern scan, and from this link: http://www.crafts-de...Guard_(web).pdf you can download a complete *pdf document with everything needed but the cup of coffee. Enjoy! And thanks in anticipation for feedback and for the photos of the arm guards you will make. Fred
  5. By the end of the week I am expecting to receive the following in the post: A cheap (Chinese made, with probable Japanese influence) beginner's sett of leather working tools from Ebay A remnant/pieces pack of leather, needles, and thread from The Identity Store A copy of "The Leatherworking Handbook" by Valerie Michael from Amazon Yet to acquire from the local chain DIY store (probably nearer the time, or on Sunday if it slips my mind before then which is likely to happen) are: wood and fixings to make a cheap stitching pony Evo-Stik Time Bond contact adhesive an Oilstone (or similar) for inevitable initial sharpening of previously mentioned tools as well as general upkeep later on miscellaneous things that catch my eye which may be helpful such as clamps, sandpaper, straight edge etc Other things yet to be appropriated into my "kit": worksurface stuff (cutting mat, poly board, granite (or similar)) decent desk lamp as most of my work will be completed in the late evening/small hours after finishing the late shift at "the day job" and goodness knows my eyes will need all the help they can get edge slicking substance graph/grid paper for when I feel up to making my own patterns bone folder type tool stitching awl Things I already have, yet to be consolidated together: poly mallet basic geometry set (ruler, square, compases etc) pencils large toolbox for storage stack of "craft" drawers for storage non-marring spudger set which I'm sure will come in handy for poking/prodding in crevices metal bodied Utility knife (and blades) Extra Virgin Olive Oil in lieu of more specialist finishes tonnes of old clothes for rags Things I will probably get at a later date once I get a feel for everything (this does not include ad hoc replacement/upgrading of any of the above when needed): butcher's block style work station (as I'll mostly be working at my 10yr old pine desk in my bedroom initially, maybe out in the shed weather permitting) relevant dyes, treatments, etc and relevant applicators basic carving tools (I do not plan on getting into this much but I guess it's always handy to be able pop a pretty border on something special) ___ I know the cost of starting a new hobby from scratch is always going to be a major consideration, but it seems leathercraft is even more so. Yes I know it's no good moaning to other people who have all been there/done that, but starting out on a shoe string is still likely to cost me upwards of £100 ($125 for you colonials ). Being the sort of person I am, often doing things on a whim, and generally cautious with cash, I do not want to go to the lengths that some do and get The Works in terms of equipment and materials to start with. I don't want to spend a small fortune on something if I don't end up getting decently into it to justify the cost. That said, it seems the general advice in terms of initial outlay is "get the best you can afford" and that's what I'm doing I suppose. I guess there are those out there who have started out with much less, and I have no need nor reason trying to justify what I'm doing. I guess in a way I'm secretly hoping that I get sufficiently good enough at the whole "leather thing" that in the long run I can start going to fairs, events, do made-to-order and the like, and be able to become (at least partially) self employed. But that's definitely a long way off. I think for me leathercraft will always be a matter of being on a shoestring, at least in the sense of trying to get the best from the least. I've always been enthralled by the way craftsmen of all disciplines in years gone-by have come up with ingenious solutions which even centuries or millennia haven't changed much, and as much as possible I want to keep what I do "low-tech": drawing up templates by hand rather than using PC software, using as traditional methods and tools as possible, and if possible trying to be authentic in style/process with any historical based pieces I produce. I (like to think) I am fairly good at improvising, and this will also keep costs down. Who needs a £40 edge slicker when a double-pronged piece of deer antler (free if you know where/when to look) will do? Or expensive black dyes if you can master the likes of vinegaroon and lampblack?
  6. Hip Quiver

    I've been working on small leather projects off and on for the last several years...more off than on lately. I've had this in my head for the last year or so but haven't had the time to work on it. It's the biggest project I've done to date and I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Now my hands need to recover from all those stitches. I couldn't get my son to model it for me so I had to hang it in the garage.
  7. Here is my first big leatherwork project. I think its turned out OK. I'm quite pleased with the arrow basketweave on the belt, that worked really well. The tiger on the quiver could be better, but quite pleased with the overall appearance. Maybe I need better tools! The basketweave on the quiver bent the cheap ebay tool - now I have a much better one! I took the pattern off my existing quiver, so I'm happy that worked out. I did have some problems with the finishing after antiqueing, but did manage to recover. What do you think? I'll have to see how it stands up to actual use.
  8. I really enjoy traditional archery and have been wanting to make this new quiver for quite a while. The quiver has two shoulder straps so it can be worn backpack style. It also has a couple extra D-ring attachments so it can be switched to a single shoulder carry or a hip carry. The pocket on the front of the quiver contains a small metal tin in which I store an extra bow string and some basic survival gear. (Matches, tinder, a small folding knife, etc.) The quiver has two buckled straps on each side for strapping on a lightweight bedroll and a small axe to be used on overnight bushcrafting trips. For the haversack I made one half of a 1920's model U.S. Cavalry saddle bags. I modified the front flap, eliminating the standard billet and buckle arrangement, so I could latch/unlatch the flap with one hand. I also stitched a couple of small patch pockets on the inside. The haversack is big enough to hold a small cook pot, a drinking cup, a small alcohol cook stove, some food, and assorted personal items. All in all, I'm quite pleased with this set-up. It gives me the ability to carry some minimal overnight gear when I get the urge to go for a trip into the woods with my longbow.
  9. Hi! I continued the scythian pictographic writing collection. Its a side quiver. The middle picture mean: Before the eyes of the ancestors, born two families. The cone is my family crest. That two family tree grown two flowers. A girl and a boy. The girl is older than the boy, not so mutch. The leaves on the stem show that. These two people meet , and perhaps they create new "seeds". The waves at the bottom of the image mean: the portion of the image took place in the past. The above waves show the future. I hope it was interesting. :D
  10. I made a challenging weekend, this was a "Ragged - ragged - rusty, old" leather, but I did not want to throw away.
  11. Soo, this is my first arm guard. I made this for my gf birthday:) I did a little research, to know better our ornament culture, and thats happaned in the end. The full armor is on the way!
  12. I made these prototypes with a view to sell... the leather I used for the tooled part of the quiver isn't quite up to scratch but I'm happy with the bracer. Both made with 2.5mm veg tan leather (bracer is more like 2.8-3.0) with a waxed finish. I'd welcome any constructive criticism you guys have to share, otherwise enjoy
  13. Greenwood Bowcraft

    Hello everyone! First let me start out by thanking everyone for all of the advice and discussion you've participated in. I've been watching for some time now and really trying to learn as much as possible from other people's questions and experiences. The amount of insight I've obtained from this site is astounding! My name is Robert, and I make traditional archery bows from PVC pipe, primarily serving the beginner levels of the sport with cost effective bows that are surprisingly efficient F/D curves. Anyway, just over a year ago I started making quivers and arm guards for customers and the leather work has become a true passion of mine, and a rather substantial portion of my business. Anyway, I thought I would share some of what I've been up to and do my best to throw in my two cents with any newcomers.
  14. Hey folks! Thought I would share a custom quiver order I took last month. I really enjoyed the way it came out. This was for a repeat customer, but they wanted a hip quiver with adjustable angle and the option of adding a shoulder strap for a walking quiver. I also put together a matching black and green arm guard. On the quiver I tried what I thought was the technique for getting a gradient transition between colors, but I think maybe I need to use a lighter green or thin it out. I've seen some quivers on etsy with very striking color transitions but I haven't nailed down the way to do it yet. Thanks for lookin'!
  15. I'm kind of stumped and would like some input. I'm making my first large back quiver based off a Tandy pattern I bought, and it calls for a pouch that gets folded at the corners with a zipper going up the center, something like this: The thing is, I don't particularly care for a zipper, it just doesn't suit my recurve bow and wooden arrows all that much. So what options do I have? I like the fact that it can be opened from the center, so I can grab whatever little things are in there. Should I make buttons and loops to hold the flap shut? Grommets and lace it? Something else I haven't thought of?
  16. This is my first Hill style quiver. I normally do gun holsters. What do you all think? I'm trying to figure out what price to sell it at.
  17. Hello, Have been lurking this forum for a while. Been working with leather for less then a year. Here is the back quiver I made last week for my wife. We all do the traditional archery, including my 7 years old son. She likes to go to the Renn Fairs, so here is the choice of design and hardware.
  18. Back Quiver

    Made a quiver for a friend today (and yesterday). Not really based on anything; just sort of sprung out of my head. I found a green stone in my misc beads box, and set it in. I wasn't sure on how to do that, but I think it turned out ok. The only thing I didn't get a chance to do was to line it with something. I wanted to use a thick sheepswool or something, but I didn't have any.
  19. Rohirrim Quiver

    Hey, folks. I was wondering if anyone has any information on what the quivers of Rohan's archers looked like from The Lord of the Rings. I have the movies, so I can frame through them for reference, but I figured I'd check here, too. I've found plenty of reference for Legolas's and Faramir's quivers, but I am specifically interested in building a Rohirrim quiver. I was planning on it being a back quiver, but a saddle quiver would be cool, too. Any LOTR fans out there that might be able to shine some light on the subject? Thanks!! - Lauren
  20. I am in central North Carolina and would like to hire someone for a belt and matching hip quiver project. I have attached a few pictures of the general style of quiver I am looking for. I can have someone draw a specific design and provide that to you for production or I can collaborate with you. Whatever works with your skillset. The base color will likely be black and a secondary color, red. I'd like the back of the belt to read, In God We Trust. And you can probably tell from the attched pictures that the style is more modern vs. western or traditional. I can pay through PayPal or via check and would like to start right away. I look forward to hearing from you.
  21. I finished this full-length armguard last week; just in time for Missouri's archery season. I will use it when I wear my ghillie suit. Now if it will just cool off enough to put them both on! The body of the armguard is made from Honduran caiman and backed with vegetable-tanned cowhide. The trim is lambskin and I carved the lace hooks from deer antler. The whole thing was sewn up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  22. First real project. Lots of amateur mistakes, and very simple build. I'd do it again, but more skillfully; clean up all the rough spots and add more stitching, but it was a good learning process. I kinda "MacGyvered" it, (harvested the hardware from horse halters, used an old bracelet for the decoration, didn't really research the strap system, and such) so its a bit scrappy, but I think I'm still proud of it for my first project that isn't a little bracelet or just designs on paper. I just wish I had carving tools and dye. Any tips on when I make more? I have 2 more in the works. One is still on paper, and the other I have the pattern cut out, but I haven't started sewing or anything like that.