• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About SaddleBags

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Location
    Central California
  • Interests
    Saddle Making, Cowboy Tack and Gear

LW Info

  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Saddle Making
  • Interested in learning about
    Techniques and traditional skills
  • How did you find
    Fellow Leatherworker

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Kelsea, show me what you've got and I'll see if I can help.
  2. Emily, I believe it would be a waste of effort and money to try to thin it down just to "try to make something of it". Unless you WANT to make a saddle, you are facing a huge task, and it normally takes two sides to make a saddle. With all the folks up there, you could probably trade it out or sell it to your advantage (especially since it was given to you). If it happens to be harness leather, all the better. I usually start with 12 oz for a saddle unless the user intends to REALLY use it rough, and I'm guessing that your stuff might be heavier then that. Good luck.
  3. SaddleBags

    Hand sewing long runs

    I do my hand sewing with about 12 feet of thread. Any more becomes unmanageable. Like Yin said, calculate where to start, stop, splice and you'll have a nice project. No need to worry about "leftover" ends. They will come in hand for smaller runs or basting. The surest way to waste thread is to try to measure it exactly. Besides, thicker leather takes more thread, so there is no exact answer. Gotta practice.
  4. SaddleBags

    Best Books & DVDs on Saddle Making?

    The best single source I can offer is Dusty Johnson's DVD and book set. Stohlman's is superb, and I use it regularly, but no DVD (which is fine with me at my age) and you need to get at least the first two volumes to carry you through a saddle. Volume III expands and shows three more saddles, but If you've made it through your first, then it's "variation on a theme", Bill Gomer's three volume set (VHS) is also superb, but I don't know if it's even available any more.
  5. SaddleBags

    Where to find Latigo & Cinch Keepers in Canada

    Find any leather worker and I'll send him/her a pattern. You can get by for a lot less than $50.
  6. SaddleBags

    High Quality Buckle/ Concho Supplier

    The best at the price IMHO is Old Cowdogs. Tell them I sent you.
  7. SaddleBags

    Need help from the leather community...

    I'm near Santa Barbara. How can I help?
  8. Nice looking sheaths, but if I may ask, how do you expect to draw and replace them knives if the molding covers the tang? Is that a safety feature?
  9. SaddleBags

    Where to buy dyed veg tan?

    Call the Hide House in Napa
  10. Roger on the single 9 oz. 6-7 if you're going to line it. Unless of course you want something handy to pull a truck out of the mud!!! Don't over do it or it will never be worn.
  11. SaddleBags

    Breakaway knot for lanyard

    Well. I'm not Wyatt Earp, so I don't carry all the time, but I do many times when I'm way out in the weeds. I have never needed the breakaway feature, but the hammer loop works fine.
  12. SaddleBags

    Breakaway knot for lanyard

    as for the hammer loop ... For my 357, I make the loop itself, and make the "tail" long so it runs through two TIGHT slots. Goes in one side and out the other. Then it hangs free on the outside of the holster between holster and leg. It slips off easily, but when you holster you weapon, you pull the tail down tight to perform in intended function.
  13. SaddleBags

    Breakaway knot for lanyard

    So maybe you could use a standard leather knot. Cut a piece of whang leather, fold one end back over itself to make three or four thicknesses, and then make a hole through all thicknesses and pull the running end back through the hole to make the button. Then use a bag punch or bleed knife (craft knife will work) and make a slit at the length you want it, and push the button through. You might want to make an interim slit so that the button and loop are in a figure eight when finished. This is a nice looking way to attach straps that will not carry a heavy load. Let me know how it works out.
  14. SaddleBags

    Breakaway knot for lanyard

    In the cowboy business, breakaway is a very important concept. That's why you see light thongs on the front of chaps and such instead of heavy belts. Maybe you could be a bit more specific if you want more definitive help. Several options are available and in common usage.
  15. IMHO. usually the lining is thinner. but not necessarily "lower grade". Nothing wrong with your plan, as long as the result is what you want it to be.