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    Leather, restoring Cavalry Antiques, horses, shooting

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  1. I think your holes look fine I would have just added more holes bring them closer together thus getting the lace edges to touch.... Fine looking rifle Bobby
  2. Treed

    New to carving - which stamps to use?

    Check out leather life on 23+ facebook page. The instructor Joe Meling takes you through the process from design, to sizing and tooling a belt. He also has a unit on doing a beaded belt that is very informative. Joe is also an instructor for Weaver leather and has a couple of videos on youtube for them. He shows you what tools to use but also how to use them. Leather life is done with a video once a week free to anyone. For more in depth instruction he has the leather life classroom that costs 10.00 a month for two videos a week.
  3. For those that are drawing challenged as I am check out 23+ on facebook. The site is done by a very talented young man named Joe Meling in Pendleton Oregon. Joe does a weekly video called leather life in which he goes into one of the many areas of leather crafting. He just finished a series of videos on building a beaded belt from start to finish that is outstanding. Joe has some great videos that he has done on drawing floral patterns and layout on his facebook page. Joe was just picked up by Weaver leather as a spokesperson and instructor. He as doe a couple videos on youtube for them in patterns.... check him out a 23+
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    Inlaid Beaded Belt

    A gentleman in Pendleton Oregon named Joe Meling, is one of the most talented young and up in coming leather crafters in the business. Joe is one of the new instructors for Weaver Leather and is producing videos for them in leather crafting and tooling. Joe's business is 23+ and can be found on facebook under that name. Every week he does a video in learning to draw floral tooling patterns or in a series in putting together for a leather project. He calls it leather life and they are really good, free and very informative. He as just completed one on beaded belts from sizing, laying out the leather for the beads, inlaying the beads, tooling the leather, sewing, holes and hardware, and finishing the belt. Joe has also put together a paid version known as the leather life classroom that goes into more detail in each video and will have more videos in each series. The cost of the classroom is $10.00 a month. His teaching skills are outstanding, and the information in the free or paid version is worth the time to check it out. Kbarker the videos will answer all your questions but give you a great visual of the process Bobby
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    Steps for wet forming

    Tooling and wet forming depends on the items being made. I do a lot of tooled holsters in different guns that require wet forming of the holster. This type of item I will tool first before I form as the item that I am forming around is not solid and smooth to tool against. This type of item is also made with thicker leather and most of the time has a liner of tooling leather. The item is tooled, built and then wet formed around the gun. The item receives a moderate to high moisture content to the inside of the item and none to light moisture content to the tooled area. This type of molding will require something like a press or vacuum press to apply enough pressure to mold the leather to the item without deforming the tooling. Other items such as bags, ammo pouches, etc. I cut and form over wooden molds. These type of item I build a wooden copy of the item so that I have a solid base to tool against. I then cut and mold the leather to the shape that i want over the wooden mold. I then dry and as the leather comes back to right moisture content I then tool the leather over the wooden mold and then final construction.
  6. great job as always Josh
  7. Your right I sure missed that one.... Thanks for the great comments it was sure fun to design and make.... mistakes happen when you get in a hurry Bobby
  8. Yes, I did the design from an older style revolver holster that the customer had to fit the glock, then did up the tooling design. It was fun to do something out of the box on the old duty belt and border patrol style mixed with a little western for a new age plastic gun
  9. New home for a glock 19 Herman oak 8 oz with 4 oz liner, the belt is a 2.25 with liner and sam browne buckle and set up.
  10. There belt tunnel, from 9/10 oz herman oak....... Grips I got many years ago from a guy in Bend Oregon that custom made them from a wood out of africa, pictures don't even do them justice.
  11. Treed

    Semper Fi My Marine

    Thank your son for me..... I welcome him to our brotherhood. Once a marine always a marine, some are on active duty, some in reserve and the rest just getting older. My son just went over the three year mark in the marine corps and is on Embassy duty in Tajikistan.
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    One of my most recent holsters

    called cocked and locked..... Only way to carry a 1911
  13. Not many replies from people who own the Seiko ch 8. I bought mine in 2000 and have used it on everything from all sorts of bags to halters for Saddle bronc horses. I have sewed 5-6 oz to 2-3 oz chap leather using smaller needles and thread to sewing two layers of 13 oz harness leather together in a bucking horse halter using heavy needles and thread. Like i said I bought it in 2000 and used it everyday in the construction of bags and holsters and never had a repairman look at the machine. It is limited to the type of feet and other accessories. I have considered getting rid of it a couple times to gain the accessibility to these accessories but changed my mind because of losing the versatility of the machine. I just ordered extra double feet and made my own.... I make primarily chaps, holsters, gun belts, purses, messenger bags, and horse tack.
  14. Something else to consider is the time period. Good hides were shipped by wagon and not overnight air or truck.... the majority of work by a leather worker was in repair and building of saddles, harness and other items needed for transportation, work and necessities of life. Holsters were a tool to hold a handgun.... just a pocket, something that didn't need to be strong, but needed to be durable. The hides were cut to provide the most with little waste, and by the degree of strength to the items needed. Harness, reins and other items that need the greatest strength and durability came from the back. Saddle parts and items such as horse collars, bridles, halters, etc. were from the middle of hides. The leather left over was the bottom or bellies of the hides. The softer and more flexible leather...... If you can get ahold of or inspect any large quantity of ture period holsters you will see how soft and pliable the leather is. Course time and age will apply here also..... but you will find that the grain is not as tight in period holster as in period harness or saddles. Holsters with tooling will not be as pronounced as that in saddles of the same time period, which I believe is from the use of the softer leather.... Remember that during this time period there was not the machinery that we have to day to split an finish leather coming out of the tanneries. Those variations that Lobo talks about would have been more pronounced during that time period than what we see today. Bobby