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dhaverstick

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    Fair Grove, MO
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    traditional bowhunting, traditional muzzleloader hunting, sewing leather, reading, freelance writing, nerd stuff

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    moccasins, bags, quivers, arm guards
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  1. Yes, Bob, it is a piece of deer hide lace that I sewed down. Thanks! Darren
  2. I hardly ever make a leather doodad for my own use but I thought my arrows for this season needed a matching arm guard so I cobbled this together over the past few days. I may not be a good shot or a stealthy woodsman but at least I'll be color coordinated! This arm guard has a Nile crocodile facing over a vegetable tanned cowhide backing. The arrowhead is made from tilapia hide and the trim is deer hide. I carved the lace hooks from deer antler and sewed everything up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  3. Last night I finished these two arm guards for a feller and his wife. He said he wanted a bear paw print incorporated into the design and I had to think about that one a bit before I came up with an idea that I liked. I think they turned out pretty nice. The right one has an elephant ear hide facing with a veg-tanned cowhide backing. The black leather around the paw print is carp hide and the gold leather is deer hide. The left one has an ostrich hide facing with a veg-tanned cowhide backing. The beige leather around the paw print is ostrich leg skin and the black leather is deer hide. The beige trim is elk hide. I carved the lace hooks from deer antler and sewed everything up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  4. I finished these two arm guards a couple of weeks ago and donated them as raffle prizes for a United Bowhunters of Missouri event. The gray one is caiman hide with a stingray arrowhead. The copper one is ostrich leg skin with an ostrich leg skin arrowhead. Both have a cowhide backing, deer hide trim, and lace hooks that I carved out of deer antler. Everything was sewn up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  5. I finished this shooting bag Thursday for Jordi Gene, owner of TanKab Outfitters in the Yucatan. A mutual friend of ours, Bill Cooper, commissioned me to make it and it will be delivered Sunday when Bill flies down there to hunt. The two main critters that people hunt there are Brocket deer and Ocellated turkeys so I did my best to incorporate them in the design of the bag. Yes, I know it's not period correct or anything but I think it does capture the essence of hunting in that area. Jordi is a big time traditional bow hunter and black powder shooter and I look forward to meeting him next year when Bill takes me down there on a writer's junket. I hope to kill another turkey with my bow and one with a flintlock smoothbore. The body of this bag is made from elk hide and the dark trim is bison. The colorful leather is embossed cowhide. I looked at A LOT of leather to try to match the color and texture of the Ocellated turkey's magnificent plumage. The images of the Brocket deer were a collaborative effort with my niece, Alex Sapaugh. In order to get the images etched onto leather, I need a clean, crisp black-and-white drawing. I couldn't find anything I liked on the web so I found a couple of photos I liked and had Alex do some magical artwork drawing them on a computer. As you can see, the end result is amazing. The photos and the drawings are identical. The strap buttons and flap hooks were carved out of deer antler and the strap "D" rings were carved out of moose antler. I put some personal touches on the inside of the bag and sewed it all up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  6. Thanks, all! Aven, I normally get my bison hide from https://www.hidehouse.com/ but lately I've been getting some good stuff from https://www.glacierwear.com/ Darren
  7. Finished these up Saturday for a friend of mine. My wife cut out my patterns and asked, "Who are you making these for? The Jolly Green Giant?" Dude has a large foundation to stand on! It's a good thing that a bison is a big animal. These are made from 8 oz. bison hide and are trimmed with New Zealand red deer hide. I sewed everything up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  8. My sole consists of a layer of bison for the outer sole, a 1/4" thick piece of neoprene foam glued to that, and then another piece of bison glued on top of the foam. That gives your foot some cushion but you can still feel everything under your feet. Darren
  9. I finished these moccasins today for my good friend, Brian Peterson. They are way too plain for my tastes but that's what he wanted so that's what I made him. I just hope they fit him well. I made them out of 8 ounce bison leather and used New Zealand red deer for the trim. Darren
  10. Well, one positive thing coming out of this quarantine business is that I have been able to catch up on my leather work. I finished this purse for a friend of mine last night. She is one of those people in your life that was pivotal in shaping who you are and her life philosophy was the inspiration for the purse design. Kim always signs her correspondence with the peace and love symbols and when I think of her I think of them. The body of this purse was made from elk hide and the trim and lacing are deer hide. The light brown bling on the front and back is shark skin. The heart is made from ostrich leg skin and the peace sign is made from ostrich hide and ostrich leg skin. I sewed rare earth magnets under the trim at the opening to act as a clasping mechanism. The buttons were carved from deer antler and I carved the D rings from moose antler. Everything was sewn by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  11. I finished this side quiver yesterday and will donate it as an auction item for the Professional Bowhunters Society Gathering in Springfield, MO next month. Hopefully, it will make the club a dollar or two. The gray body of this quiver is giraffe hide. The black trim and turquoise backing is deer hide. The white/gray arrowhead and trim at the mouth is caiman. The "bling" around the arrowhead is ostrich leg skin. I carved the hanging ring from a piece of moose antler and the buttons were carved from deer antler. I sewed everything up by hand using artificial sinew. There are probably a couple of rust colored specks on it somewhere. That is my blood from poking myself in the finger with a needle. I designed the quiver to be worn either around your neck and shoulder or from a belt around your waist. Darren
  12. I finished this side quiver today. I donated it to the United Bowhunters of Missouri and it will be auctioned off at their Festival on February 8th. Springfield Leather Company has a bunch of giraffe leather in and I just had to get some! The body of this quiver is giraffe. The brown trim near the mouth and the arrowhead are made from caiman hide. The other bling is ostrich leg skin. The yellow trim is deer hide and I carved the buttons out of deer antler. I carved the hanging ring out of moose antler. I used artificial sinew to sew everything up and it was all done by hand so it took me a while. I configured this quiver to be worn either around your neck or from your belt. Hopefully, it will make the club a little money. Darren
  13. Here is John in all his glory. I don't think anyone cooks in his family so I sent him a pan of brownies and a do-it-yourself birthday party kit along with the leather work. He received his box of goodies Wednesday and was very pleased with the contents. I told him to send me a photo of him celebrating and this is what I got. It sure made my day! Darren
  14. I finished this arm guard last night for my good friend, John Pruitt, who will turn 79 next Sunday. Mr. Pruitt is an accomplished bowyer and gunsmith and I have whole room full of his bows and flintlocks to attest to his skills. He's also as windy as a sack full of politicians which brings me to the story behind this arm guard. John never lets an opportunity go by to tell me some tale. Over the years I have known him, most of these tales I have heard many times. This one is no exception. John claims that anyone can hit a big target like a deer or moose but it takes exceptional skill to hit something really small like the time he killed 811 field mice with his bow in one year. Mr. Pruitt swears that all these kills were confirmed by his friends who, conveniently, are all dead now so I will just have to take his word for it. When I first heard this story, some 15 years ago or so, I think the number was quite a bit less than 811. But that is the number he is going with now so I have recorded it on the back of his arm guard for posterity's sake. John also has a sweet tooth so I will have to send him some homemade cookies or brownies to go with the arm guard. Otherwise, he will be calling me up and whining that he was slighted on his special day. That man is like a Walker hound - you make the mistake of feeding him once and now you have to feed him for life! Arm guard specs: The backing is made from vegetable tanned cowhide and the facing is hippo hide. The yellow trim is moose hide that, ironically, came from the one I killed with my longbow in 2015. The mouse was laser etched onto a piece of deer hide by my friend, Chad Thomas, at Springfield Leather Company. I carved the lace hooks out of deer antler and sewed everything up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
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