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Dwight

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About Dwight

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  • Birthday 11/17/1944

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    Central Ohio
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    Church Pastor, Shooter, Leatherworking, Hunting, making most anything for the first time (yeah, I get bored easy)

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    gun leather
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  1. Not sure how the OP did it . . . I do mine so that it is in a place where the gun does not touch the leather . . . and it can be tricky. May God bless, Dwight
  2. Several years back . . . in a Tandy shop . . . a fellow came in wanting someone to make him a wallet. The manager sent him over to me as I just happened to be there. The story was his daughter had bought him a wallet some 25 years before . . . it was now worn out . . . he needed as near as possible an exact replacement. I looked at it . . . saw it was very simple . . . we agreed on the terms . . . he unloaded the wallet and gave it to me for a pattern . . . and away we went . . . the finished product was sent to him a couple weeks later . . . and I got a very pleasant thank you note from him. This is the "practice piece" I did just to get the feel of it. It is a trifold . . . couple of pockets on each side . . . with a bill holder in the middle. May God bless, Dwight
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    Much better there Cyberwolfe . . . May God bless, Dwight
  4. Looks good partner . . . is that 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch wooden dowel you used??? And how long is it?? May God bless, Dwight
  5. I really cannot comment on the Outlaw . . . but I've had a Tipmann Boss for over 15 years . . . and it has pretty much done all I ever wanted it to do. I can also make another comment . . . which pertains easier to me because of location . . . when I've had a problem with it (twice) . . . I laid it in the passenger seat . . . and two hours later, I'm standing behind Ben . . . he is fixing the problem . . . and I'm back on my way. Your location will not work for that . . . but they are solid on fixing any problems that arise. The worst problem I've ever had with it . . . it does not like to go around circular corners . . . never figured out why . . . it just doesn't . . . and sometimes the back side of the stitching is a bit less than optimal. It's great for holsters . . . dog collars . . . knife sheaths . . . but belts can be a pain if you have a shoulder problem. Put it to prayer . . . let the Lord help you with the decision . . . that actually is my best piece of advice. People ask me if the Lord is my steering wheel or my life preserver . . . I claim He is my GPS . . . gives me the directions before I get there. May God bless, Dwight
  6. On a question of "How To" . . . How do we get rid of the pictures of the junk yard up at the top of the screen . . . and get some useful and decorative leather work pictures in their place?? If this were Sanford and Son . . . I could understand it . . . but this is a leatherwork forum . . . not a showcase for derelict mechanical junk. May God bless, Dwight
  7. Mom taught me that trick 65 years ago. It still works too. May God bless, Dwight
  8. Those are not cracks . . . they are wrinkles . . . they are produced by the bending of the leather. Getting it fairly wet with water that first time you bend it will alleviate some of it . . . but also using a thinner leather will also make a big difference. The thinner leather will not wrinkle as bad. You may skive the area that bends . . . do that on some practice pieces . . . it may be your ticket. Also you can bend it around a dowel . . . slowly and incrementally making the dowel smaller each time . . . pulling it around by the loose end . . . rather than just bending it over the piece. BUT . . . wrinkles are part and parcel to leather and leather work. It proves your work was not done in wool, cotton, or plastic . . . May God bless, Dwight
  9. Instead of carving it . . . do a control C of the pic . . . paste it into a MS Word page . . . and print the page. Use waxed paper and a ink jet printer . . . and if I remember the process correctly . . . you then just transfer the wet ink to the leather . . . rub it with a rag . . . till you see there is no more ink left on the wax paper . . . you are done. NOW . . . I'm going from memory . . . did it 10 or so years ago . . . check out the internet for better directions. You WILL GET a really nice image if you take your time. I did my son's face on a piece of leather . . . was really good. OR . . . if you don't want to do that . . . print it on white paper . . . use school latex glue to glue the paper to the leather . . . then use a wood burning tool to trace and add the lines to the leather by lightly burning it. Make sure the burner is turned low . . . and take your time. It also produces a beautiful image if you are patient as you do it. May God bless, Dwight
  10. A. Make sure your two edges are exactly 90 degree cuts . . . and as near perfectly straight as you can make them. B. Contact cement the edges together C. I would (for a simple quiver) use a much simpler stitch pattern than Garypl used .. . . just a simple XXXXXXXXX stitch straight down the seam. D. To help insure it stays together . . . I'd put my shoulder strap attachments at the top and bottom of the seam . . . with a 3/4 inch or so wide strip running down the outside . . . with the ends of it becoming the anchor points for said shoulder strap. For garden variety pratice arrows . . . nothing needed . . . but for my broadhead arrows . . . each one goes into a separate plastic tube liner. May God bless, Dwight
  11. Chris . . . the easy way to do this . . . forget about the 7/8 oz leather you would have used. Get some really good 3/4 that is closer to the 4 side. You make two sheath blanks . . . mirror cut from each other. The piece with the hair side out . . . inlay your snake . . . sew him in place . . . . then contact cement both together and from that "one piece" continue making your sheath just as you usually would. I regularly make 6 shooter holsters this way . . . and when done. . .the nice thing is they are really sturdy. AND . . . you don't have to skive anything here . . . May God bless, Dwight
  12. Rivets are usually put in cheap stuff . . . so it won't come apart. They don't put in a welt . . . so the knife cuts the stitches . . . voila . . . it comes apart. SOooooo they put a rivet in there to keep it together . . . and your knife drags across the rivet . . . dulling it faster than skinning two democrats. Nahhhh . . . no rivets . . . put in a good welt to protect the blade . . . that is the American way. May God bless, Dwight
  13. Looks good from here. Revolvers . . . especially in western rigs are really OK with home grown models . . . semi-autos in CCW rigs are a different story . . . but it CAN BE done. Hang onto that model . . . word gets out . . . you may be Mr. Chiappa . . . May God bless, Dwight
  14. I use a concoction of 50 % by weight . . . pure bees wax and 50% by weight . . . neats foot oil. Not the compound . . . the real OIL. I put it in a jar . . . suspend the jar in a pan of hot water . . . it melts the beeswax . . . they get melded together . . . Rub it on the leather . . . polish . . . you'll like it. It's a 100+ yr old recipe . . . add more oil if you want it a bit softer. I've made and use both. May God bless, Dwight
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