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About 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. Man, I love to bowfish! One of my near-future hunting trips is to go to the coast and shoot rays. Good luck! Darren
  2. Carp hide is awesome to work with! It has a really interesting texture and is tough as iron. Darren
  3. My friend got his arm guard yesterday and sent me this photo. He was quite pleased and that makes me smile. Darren
  4. Those are lace hooks that I carved out of deer antler and then dyed black. Darren I have made many, many arm guards using this design and have never had a problem. When the guard is wrapped around one's arm, the lace hooks are well away from the bow string's path. Darren
  5. I finished this arm guard yesterday for the feller who got me into bowhunting. He and I are headed to Mexico next month to chase Gould's turkeys with our recurves and I thought he needed to be dressed appropriately. I actually don't remember if he uses an arm guard or not so, if he doesn't, I guess he has a nice leather coaster to set his coffee on. This arm guard has a vegetable-tanned cowhide backing and a facing of leather that comes from a pirarucu, or arapaima. That's a giant fish that is native to the Amazon River basin. The tan trim is deer hide and the black leather is carp hide. I carved the lace hooks from deer antler and sewed everything up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  6. I finished this scabbard today for a good friend of mine. Knife sheaths and scabbards are always a challenge for me because of the leathers and methods I prefer to use. This one was no exception. It has a vegetable tanned cowhide liner with giraffe hide on the outside. The green bling on the front is ostrich leg skin and the trim around the edges is deer hide. I sewed the whole thing up by hand using approximately 10 miles of artificial sinew. What's sad is I will probably have to charge him more for the scabbard than what he paid for the machete! Darren
  7. Thank you for the kind words, Joel! Yes, I am happy to share anything that I do. For the edging around the bag, I glued a piece of deer hide all the way around. I poked my sewing holes with an awl below the edge of the glued-down deer hide. Then I sewed the hide down using a whip stitch. I poke the needle through one hole, bring the thread back over the top of the deer hide, and stick the needle into the next hole. I make sure to pull the thread tight with each stitch. When I get to the end of a seam, I reverse the process which creates an "X" where the stitches cross on the top of the deer hide. This type of stitching on the soft deer hide causes it to puff up and gives the sewing a very distinct look. For the belt loops, I do something similar. For a loop to fit a 2" wide belt, I use a piece of deer hide 3 1/2" long by 1" wide. I put contact cement all over the flesh side of the piece and wait until it gets tacky. Then I fold the long outside edges towards the center of the piece and keep pressing them down until they stick. This will leave you with a belt loop just a little shy of 1/2" wide. I put something heavy on top of the loop to flatten it out and let it dry for a few hours. After it dries, I square up the ends and make sure the finished piece is 3 1/2" long. When I am ready to sew it down, I first poke holes with an awl 1/4" a part down the long centerline of the loop, down its entire length. I sew one end down onto what I'm attaching it to and then start doing the whip stitch on one side until I get to the end. Then I sew that end down and bring my whip stitch back. When I reach the point where I started, I go down the other side and then come back. The end result is really cool looking. The biggest trick to sewing them is to make sure to give yourself enough thread. Even though the pieces are short, they take a surprising long piece of thread to sew them completely. Hope this helps! Darren
  8. Bob, it is great to hear from a fellow Missourian! Springfield Leather is like a second home to me. I should just have half my paycheck automatically sent to them to make things easier. When I walk in the door, they all holler "Darren!" just like Norm in the old show, "Cheers". BTW - Thanks for the kind words. Darren
  9. I finished this bag tonight and I will be donating it to the silent auction held at the annual convention of the Conservation Federation of Missouri at the end of the month. Hopefully, it will make the organization a little money. The body of the bag is made from cape buffalo hide. The purple and periwinkle bling is ostrich leg skin and the black trim is deer hide. I carved the clasp from a piece of deer antler and sewed it all up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  10. I finished this arm guard tonight. A friend of mine wanted me to make one that he will give to his daughter as a birthday present. It is personalized with her initials. It has a cowhide backing with a shark skin facing. The trim is deer hide and I carved the lace hooks out of deer antler. Everything was sewn up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  11. I finished this archery arm guard Sunday for a friend of mine. It has a cowhide backing and the facing is cape buffalo. The hoof print and trim are deer hide. I carved the lace hooks out of deer antler and sewed everything up by hand using artificial sinew. I had purchased that tan deer hide about 4 years ago and was holding it back for just the right project. I think it worked really well with this one! Darren
  12. I made this duffle bag for my sister. It's a big sucker and will easily hold all the bathrobes and towels she steals from hotels on her travels. The entire thing is made from mule deer hide except for the lacing on the straps which is deer hide. I carved the strap rings from moose antler and the strap buttons from deer antler. I sewed everything up by hand using approximately 10 miles of artificial sinew. I sent her some photos and she loved it, which a great thing because I really didn't want to start over! Darren
  13. Thank you all for the kind words! I think I started working on this purse this past January but just couldn't get motivated. I didn't think the Celtic knots were going to look very good and I had to force myself to work on them. They did turn out better than I thought they would, though. I think I have about 100 hours in it, spread out over 7 months. Darren
  14. After much procrastination, I finally finished this purse last night. The body of the purse and the trim are mule deer hide. The yellow and green material making the Celtic knots is ostrich leg skin and the brown in the knots is carp hide. I carved the strap buttons from deer antler and sewed it all up by hand using approximately 3.65 miles of artificial sinew. It has two external pockets and one internal pocket. I sure hope my cousin likes it! Darren
  15. Yes, Bob, it is a piece of deer hide lace that I sewed down. Thanks! Darren
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