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Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by Horsewright, Sep 8, 2018.
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The trick to cutting free hand circles is to use large muscle groups.
Wrist locked, lead the way with your elbow and swivel at the hips.
I start at the 11 o'clock position relative to me and cut to 2 or 3 o'clock, depending on the size of the circle.
Cut a quarter circle and the turn the piece to your original starting point so you are making the same motion 4x.
If you use small muscle groups, fingers and wrist, like writing, the knife can wander and you can't bear down on it for a single clean cut.
Multiple cuts make ragged edges.
I've cut literally thousands of circles out of foam core, matte board and paper (and leather too) using this method.
You don't always need a special tool, just some practice.
Hope this helps.
Good advice, Dave. Just like everything else leather related....practice! practice! practice! I for one still struggle with those tight corners and anything remotely circle related.
Water buffalo Charmitas with milk colored Granada leather double fringe and dark brown pocket, leg plates and leg reinforcement.
Custom conchos and belt buckle supplied by the customer.
Shipping to Texas today.
I made a sheath for this tiny hatchet.
When I get the other half of the saddlebag set finished, It likely will spend some time ridi9ng like this.
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I think they are fixed now.
Thats great OB!
Some beautiful work right there.
Young man came to pick up his new chaps last evening:
Going down to the barn:
To show Nichole his buckle he won for mutton busting:
Building him a belt for the buckle now. He's got his first rodeo of the season coming up Sat. I'll get er done today so he can wear his buckle with his new chaps when he rides. Got these two Rangeflap holsters done and ready to ship. Two separate orders but for identical guns. Colt 1873 clones in .45 with a 5 1/2" barrel. The only difference was the one on the left wanted it to be able to fit on a 3" cartridge belt. So its got a bigger slot.
Four belts, two rifle scabbards, two more Rangeflap holsters and seven sheaths are on the menu for today.
Dave, as always your work is wonderful, but I have serious shirt envy. That is one sharp shirt!
Thanks buddy. Nichole was telling him the same thing, she really liked his shirt too.
Finished up the little man's belt so he can wear his buckle when he rides in the Junior Rodeo tomorrow.
He picked the florescent green stitching.
Another Rangeflap Holster. One of the advantages of a Rangeflap is that since it works off of frame size and is not wet molded to a specific gun, it will probably fit several handguns the customer might have.
Finished off a couple of basket stamped belts for In Stock too:
Since they were similar used a different stamp on each.
Nichole had to do a couple of Notebook Covers so she did a couple of extras for stock too>
Then I was working on two more Rangeflaps. One for a 4" 1911:
The other for a 5" 1911 and it had a brand on the flap.
Whacha been up to?
Couldn’t remember if I posted this here or not but this is my most recent sheath I made for a guy on here.
My work has still been super busy and I just got done with 2 out of state conferences so haven’t had much time to work on stuff. But here is the next project the guy wants a matching wallet and pocket organizer for a pen and knife. So I drew these up for him based off his descriptions and they just need some slight tweaking at this point. Gonna be some nice W&C black English bridle with Havana Cigar Tiger thread. I just got the Leather in and I’ll post some pictures once I’m done!
More gunleather, a Tapadero knife and a set of reins:
First California Slim Jim holster for a Ruger Bearcat.
With the Tapadero handled in camel bone.
Roughout scabbard with border stamp and brand.
Thats Nichole's new Henry .22 in there.
She is telling me how much she loves that rifle after popping a couple ground squirrels at the ranch.
Grey water buffalo belt with a decorative stitching pattern and her holster for her Colt Mustang she made for herself.
Extra large scabbard for lever guns with 24" barrels, here holding my Browning 1895.
And the reins. Eight foot long reins are a challenge to photograph.
Doing the grinding on a batch of knives to send off the heat treat and then have another batch all ready to start putting handles and bolsters on.
Your work looks awesome as usual and is an inspiration for the rest of us. Would you mind telling us about how you measure for the rangeflap holsters. You mentioned they would fit several sizes of guns.
I got asked to build a holster similar to that as a prize for the winner of a local SASS match later this year. Since I don't know who will win and what gun he's using a universal size would be beneficial.
In addition I was asked to build the holster as a back to back holster so it would fit two guns. Not sure yet how to make that happen. Just sew two holsters onto a middle panel? Have you seen or done something like this before?
Most of the guns used in that type of match are gonna be close enough in size that it'll work ok. If you have a Colt or Colt clone make it slightly bigger from the fold to the belt loop area where it is sewn down. That will handle any Schofields or Rugers too. i don't know about the back to back deal?
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Another quilted pool cue case here. The type and wolf art are pyrography, burned in to the leather
I really have to go find my black background blanket.....