Mike Craw

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    St. Simons Island, Georgia
  • Interests
    Leather working, Wood working (Period Furniture making, 18th Century methods and tools)

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Custom Saddles/repair, gunleather
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    Boot making.

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  1. Mike Craw


    Good Morning! If you search the topics, I think you will find some guidance on suspenders that will help. As for your radio strap, a couple of snap swivels from Tandy or one of the saddle supply places on either end and a belt buckle adjustment in the front will get you fixed up. The radio holster can be worked out with some cardboard and your issue radio. I don't think a template would be easily found because of the number of different makes/models used by different departments. Like most of us, screwing something up will teach you longer lasting lessons then any of us could provided. I hope you have as much fun learning as I have over the past 37 years! Mike
  2. Thank you all for taking the time and thought you put into your answers. I was asked to make one for a friend who specifically wants a "20"s" look to his holster, Any of the modern designs would have been a lot easier all around, but I figured a bunch of heads was much better than mine in trying to address all of the factors of this build. I appreciate the input! Mike
  3. Anybody know how Bucheimer's got the spring steel clamp into the pocket of their early 1911 shoulder holsters? Was it inserted flat and sewn and then formed around the gun, partially sewn and then slipped in already bent and then hand sewn the rest of the way? I can't tell from looking at the photos online. Thanks! Mike
  4. Mike Craw

    Snap Setting Issues

    I just got a snap setter from Barry King. I got the one for a line 20 but he has other sizes. It's not on his website, but you can call and talk to him. It's a machined cylinder with a recess machined at either end, one for the male half of the snap and one for the female. It is center-bored for the punch and it holds down the snap on its base while you smack the punch without getting the fingers of your other hand involved. I think it works better than my lever press because none of the components can move while being set! Mike
  5. Mike Craw

    Clay miller tools, who uses them?

    I have two different sets of stamps, one of which Clay made to my specifications, and a swivel knife that is my go-to knife. Clay makes excellent tools and is a real pleasure to deal with! Mike
  6. Mike Craw


    Check out Barry King, Clay Miller, or Lonnie Height at Hackbarth. All make excellent stamps, and both Clay and Lonnie have been fantastic in making several stamps and tools to my personal specifications. Hope this helps, Mike
  7. Hey Dwight! I found this screen capture on a search of the film Tombstone. The rig doesn't look tooled to me, but maybe just some border stamping. Hope this helps, Mike
  8. Mike Craw

    Saddle making

    Hey Company6! I agree with Ron on his advice to purchase DVD's and I especially agree with the order he recommends Jeremiah Watt and then Dale Harwood. Watt's video is fantastic and very detailed step-by-step with excellent camera work. Harwood is probably the dean of Western saddle builders, but I found that his video assumed some knowledge on the viewer's part that a beginner may not have. I would also strongly recommend repairing as many saddles as you can get your hands on. Seeing how they failed is an invaluable lesson in keeping yours from failing. Hope this helps and that you have a successful build. Mike
  9. I believe that if you search "Rope Edge" belts or saddles, you will find a technique of using light weight cording and wrapping it through every-other hole along the edge, Then cover tightly with lightweight leather and then tightly lace the open holes with your lace on top of the leather and slick down between the cord and you will have a crazy good rope edge. Hope this helps, Mike
  10. Mike Craw

    Recommended DVD for leather carving and tooling?

    Hey Julie! You didn't specify price, so here goes! Jeremiah Watt (ranch2arena.com) has, in my opinion, the best DVD set on carving. It's $179.95, but before you faint you should know that it is a 3-DVD set, each DVD is 2 hours long! The videos are clear and concise with excellent camera angles and crystal clear explanations. I also happen to think Jeremiah is a hoot, but that's pretty subjective. Cary Schwarz has two excellent videos, Floral Design ($45.00) and Floral Carving ($45.00). They are both outstanding. Cary's design style differs from Jeremiah's but both are excellent instructors and all the DVD's are beautifully shot, lighted, and presented. I don't have any personal relationship with either man, and I don't get any kick-back for the recommendations. I just wish either resources was available when Al Stholman and I taught me to tool 38 years ago. Well, nobody knew what the hell a DVD was 38 years ago, but you get the idea. Hope this helps, Mike
  11. Mike Craw

    Custom swivel knife

    +1 on Barry King and Clay Miller. Clay had made me special bevelers to my specifications and they are fantastic. Also Lonnie Height at Gomph-Hacbarth customized one of his 5/8" swivel knives that I use most often. Mike
  12. Mike Craw

    What is this seeder/backgrounder?

    Look like Gomph-Hackbarths. Mike
  13. Mike Craw

    It's All Your Fault~

    You know, you can make stuff out of deer skin...just sayin' Mike
  14. Belts are what caused me to call Steve and get a Cobra!!! Mike