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    Black powder shooting bags

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  1. How old? What weather/temp conditions has it been through?
  2. I think you misinterpreted what he said. It is a lined holster. It has to be "folded", and since it is lined it is grain to grain.
  3. Doesn't look all that bad. The Edge Kote does a pretty good job of camouflaging.
  4. In wood shop we used good ol' Elmer's glue. As for "varnish", there are many things that come under that heading. Plastic excepted.
  5. Indeed, I always make the holes after it is glued and clamped in the stitching horse. That is what your awl is for. And glovers needles will snag and catch where a harness needle slides through. 1; groove it 2; mark with the wheel 3; glue the edges together and hammer the GLUED JOINT to ensure full contact/adhesion of said joint 4: clamp in the horse and stab your holes as you sew. I usually stab as many as I can, depending on curve radius or straight.
  6. I didn't pursue it that far as it didn't look like anything I had a use for.
  7. It might be ok for cutting out patterns. Doesn't look heavy enough for leather.
  8. No, you must stitch it together first. Then a QUICK dunk in and out of water. Let it sit for a few minutes while you wrap the pistol in saran wrap. Put it in the holster and begin forming with your fingers. Do not rub with any tool or you will get burnished areas. If you try to form it before stitching you will never get together as it will be stretched out of shape. I am going to try doing it in a Seal-A-Meal with my next one.
  9. The first thing I saw was the huge holes for the stitching. Most everything else is fine, but that just makes it look like a Tandy kit. An awl and stitch marker will improve your work immensely. I would recommend 6 to the inch, but that is just my choice.
  10. Nothing wrong with that.
  11. Per Wikipedia; Latigo leather is cowhide leather that is combination tanned. First it is chrome tanned, then it is vegetable tanned.[1] Before modern combination tanning, latigo had been combination tanned with alum and gambier. Per the Buckle Guy; English Bridle leather is an authentic vegetable tanned cowhide/steerhide that is made from the highest quality English animals and products. It is dyed in drums in order to develop deep, consistent colors with waxes and tallows. After the dying process, the leather is then hot stuffed with pre determined amounts of spew on the grain and flesh, giving it the English feel. Upon completition the leather will be stiff, though with the proper care and an ample amount of break-in time it will become soft and supple with a lot of strength. Per Weaver Leather; Stuffed with heavy tallows, harness leather offers exceptional weight, thickness, ease of cutting and durability. Its self-explanatory name sometimes expands to include collar and saddlery leathers. All harness leathers are generally made from vegetable tanned cattlehides.
  12. I work like mad under pressure. But no, I don't do ANYTHING for Christmas before November. I even turn the TV off when the ads come on.
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