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Old January 17th, 2015, 09:14 PM   #151
 
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You can't beat the Al Stohlman leather working books, very informative and clear and easy to understand. Once you have made one of his patterns then you should be able to branch out on your own with your own designs. If you run into a difficulty just go back to the book you'll probably find the fix for it there.

A hint --- you don't need to buy all the tools they sell at tandy if you take some time to noodle them out . For example I've used old dinner forks to space my stitches. Drive a nail in a hardwood branch and cut the head off and sharpen it with a file or grinder or a rough rock if that's all you have at hand to make an awl. A good sharp paring knife will do to skive with but it needs to be good steel and really sharp.
I've even sharpened one end of a small nail flattened and drilled an eye in the other to make a needle. Nail hammer and small drill bit are all that are needed, oops forgot something to sharpen it with. LOL
Grind and file a shape that you want to stamp your leather with out of a large nail that's what the old timers did before there was a Tandy store, anything they can do you probably can too.
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Old January 17th, 2015, 09:27 PM   #152
 
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First, Jay that's a mighty fine looking rig that I'd be proud to wear/own. After SASS, my shooters are a little more modern now.



Seneca, I totally agree with what you've posted. Have you tried bags of shot to help mold the leather to your wrapped gun? Nothing takes the place of boning in the leather to the model, but shy of a bag of shot, I once used carefully placed lead ingots to achieve a similar result. Shot would have worked a lot better. Smithy.
The heavy lead shot would preserve any tooling better than boneing which can ruin all that fine tooling you have done. another way is to press the leather into shape with your fingertips while it is still shapeable. Probaly won't give you high definitian but won't destroy your earlier work either.
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Some real quality workmanship there, that's how it's supposed to be done!
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Nice leather work, wouldn't mind owning few of those myself.
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WOW some beautiful work!
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I am a hobbiest who sells a few things. Cant make afford to make new things if I dont sell the old ones. I started in the early 90's when going to school and now that I am retired I do it all the time. Here was one that was a bit of a challenge. I wanted the gun to be as solid in the holster with the strap off as on so I have a piece of bent 1/8 steel rod all around the opening for the scope.

The belt attachment was made so the holster would go from the back of an atv to a truck seat to a car to hiking and still be comfortable. It is double layered 6/7 oz and the new owner has used it for the last 2 years and is very happy.



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