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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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  1. A couple of years ago, I became acquainted with Joe Hollingshad who owns Devil's Backbone Outfitters near Dora, MO. I met him through a mutual friend, Bill Cooper, and was originally invited to his place to kill a deer with my longbow while Bill filmed it. Well the deer didn't cooperate but Joe and I hit it off first thing. He's an avid black powder shooter and likes to play dress up like me so we had a lot in common. His big claim to fame, though, is turkey hunting. Joe has guided turkey hunters for decades and used to work for some of the big names in the business. Joe called me a couple of months ago and invited me to hunt turkeys with him on his place with Sweet Rachael, my 20 gauge flintlock turkey gun. Bill will be there to film again and, hopefully, things will turn out better this time. To show my appreciation for his hospitality, I made Joe this shooting bag. It has a springtime theme to it to get a feller in the mood for the season. I will give it to him next Sunday. I can hardly wait to see the look on his face! The body of the bag is elk hide and the trim is bison. I found some pencil drawings I liked and had them laser etched onto some leather at Springfield Leather Company. I was going for the oldtime box camera photo look with the etchings so I framed them in caiman hide which looks like a wooden frame to me. Everything was sewn by hand using artificial sinew. I was quite pleased with the end result. The bag is symmetrical with a large compartment and flap on both sides and a patch pocket on the inside of each compartment. This is the front flap. Under the front flap Inside the front compartment - I personalized it with Joe's initials. Back flap - Joe used to guide turkey hunters in the Devil's Backbone Wilderness Area using mules so I used this image to pay tribute to that. Under the back flap Inside the back compartment - had to put my maker's mark somewhere! The D rings are carved from moose antler and the hooks and buttons are carved from deer antler. Darren
  2. dhaverstick

    3D printed floral tracing pattern

    As an engineer by trade and a geek by inclination, I find this whole thing fascinating! And the end result is beautiful. Thanks for sharing! Darren
  3. Thanks, all! Gary, yes I have used horn before and if you use green horn it is tough as shoe leather. I seal all the pieces with polyurethane to keep out moisture and they are impervious to pretty much anything else. Darren
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    All I can say is "Wow!" You have a gift! Darren
  5. I finished this shooting bag last night for a friend of mine. He was adamant about me making the bag as plain as possible but I snuck in a little carp hide bling on the front and back flaps to cover up some stitching. He was quite pleased with the end product. Now he has to wait 9 long months to get the black powder fowler he ordered to go with the bag. The body and straps of the bag are made from bison hide and the saddle colored trim is elk hide. It has a small gusset pocket on the front, a small patch pocket on the inside of the main compartment, and a large gusset pocket on the back. I carved the D rings and hooks from moose antler and the buttons from deer antler. I then sewed it all up by hand using artificial sinew. Darren
  6. Thanks, all! The bag went to a good home Saturday night. I saw the guy who bought it the next morning and his girlfriend said he fell asleep with the bag on his chest like he wanted to be buried with it. I thought that was pretty funny! Darren
  7. This is a shooting bag/purse I finished last night. I'm donating it to the United Bowhunters of Missouri Festival live auction held this coming Saturday, February 9th. The body of the bag is elk hide and the trim is deer hide. The dark brown bling is elephant ear and the scaly stuff is ostrich leg skin. I carved the D rings and hooks from moose antler and the buttons from deer antler. Everything was sewn by hand using artificial sinew. The bag has a large main compartment and a patch pocket on the inside. It has a gusset pocket on the front and a patch pocket on the back.The strap is adjustable. Hopefully, it will make the club a little money. Darren Front of bag Back of bag Inside main compartment Front outer pocket Back outer pocket Side of bag Strap closeup
  8. Thank you all for the kind words! I talked to the auctioneer yesterday and he said he's already thinking of a starting number for this quiver and it isn't going to be cheap. We'll see. Ted Nugent and his wife are supposed to be at this shindig. Maybe he'll open his wallet a little and take this quiver home. Darren
  9. No, it's any form of archery. Most of the present inductees are target shooters from the heyday of the 50's and 60's. There are also some well-known bowhunters and archery manufacturers like Fred Bear, Glen St. Charles, Gail Martin, and Bob Lee. Darren
  10. I finished this back quiver last night. It's a donation that will be auctioned off in a couple of weeks at The Archery Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield, MO. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. All the black leather is american bison and all the gold leather is deer except for the arrowhead which is bison too. The reddish-brown leather outlining the emblem and arrowhead is leather from an elephant's ear. It is also on the straps. The reddish-brown bands at the top and bottom of the quiver are carp hide. I carved the strap buttons out of antler material I took off a buck I killed with my longbow. Every needle hole was punched by hand and every stitch was sewn by hand using artificial sinew. Hopefully, it will make a little money for the museum. Darren
  11. I recently finished these arm guards for a couple of customers. Both have a vegetable-tanned cowhide backing. The facing on the brown one is hippo hide and the facing on the other one is elephant ear leather. The arrowhead is diamondback rattlesnake skin and I burned the bear onto a piece of elk hide. The trim on both is New Zealand red deer. I carved the lace hooks out of some antlers I took off a buck I killed with my longbow. Everything was sewn by hand using artificial sinew, B-50, and B-55. The last two materials I use to make bow strings out of too. Darren
  12. I finished these two arm guards last weekend. It was just pure coincidence that both customers wanted a dark brown facing with a petroglyph on it. The one with the man dragging a deer has a facing made of hippo hide. The other one is caiman. Both have elk hide trim and I burned the petroglyphs onto a piece of elk hide with a woodburning tool. I carved the lace hooks out of deer antler and sewed everything up by hand with artificial sinew. Darren
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    Archery arm guard

    Thanks, all! Noobleather, it takes me longer to carve the lace hooks than anything else. Not counting that, I'd say I have 5 hours in it. Darren