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First attempt at tooled leather

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Stoner 06-Aug-17
Stoner 06-Aug-17
Stoner 06-Aug-17
M60gunner 06-Aug-17
bodymanbowyer 06-Aug-17
CD 06-Aug-17
bodork 06-Aug-17
Sinner 07-Aug-17
Bob Rowlands 07-Aug-17
DSmitty 07-Aug-17
SWAG 07-Aug-17
JT 07-Aug-17
nomo 07-Aug-17
PECO 07-Aug-17
Buzz 07-Aug-17
Bob Rowlands 07-Aug-17
White Falcon 07-Aug-17
Coyote 07-Aug-17
StikBow 07-Aug-17
Pa Steve 07-Aug-17
GlassPowered Hoosier 07-Aug-17
SoDak Jake 07-Aug-17
BATMAN 07-Aug-17
Stoner 07-Aug-17
MississippiBelle 07-Aug-17
hawkeye in PA 07-Aug-17
Stoner 11-Aug-17
Stoner 11-Aug-17
oneTone 11-Aug-17
MStyles 11-Aug-17
BearClaw 12-Aug-17
String Cutter 12-Aug-17
Longbow58 12-Aug-17
Riverwolf 12-Aug-17
mangonboat 12-Aug-17
Stoner 12-Aug-17
Stoner 12-Aug-17
bodymanbowyer 12-Aug-17
badger 12-Aug-17
Bob Rowlands 12-Aug-17
RymanCat 12-Aug-17
throwback 12-Aug-17
George Tsoukalas 12-Aug-17
CD 12-Aug-17
fdp 12-Aug-17
From: Stoner
Date: 06-Aug-17

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Wanted to make a sheath for my Bearded Axe. I have done a lot of Celtic knotwork in stone, so I thought about trying my hand at leather. Decided on the fighting dogs/Britain in the Book of Kells & Viking dogs/wolves from approx. 800 A.D. This is my hybrid design I did about a year ago, of a dog taking down a stag. John

From: Stoner
Date: 06-Aug-17

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From: Stoner
Date: 06-Aug-17

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Got half tooled, Going to revise the left side background which I started first.

Also a question for all you leather workers out there. I'm torn on anymore work on this. Should I stain or paint this? John

From: M60gunner
Date: 06-Aug-17




Personally I like the shade in the pictures. I assume the leather is still damp? Maybe some dye to hi lite the shaded areas but otherwise it looks good to me. I can't speak about painting, I have seen some beautiful work done with painting but like leather more natural.

By the way, your a natural at the tooling. Good job!!

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 06-Aug-17




Stain or paint, IDK. It's looking great so far. JF

From: CD
Date: 06-Aug-17




Wow!!

From: bodork
Date: 06-Aug-17




Very nice!!

From: Sinner
Date: 07-Aug-17




Very nice job!

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 07-Aug-17




Woah! GOOD job!!

From: DSmitty
Date: 07-Aug-17




That is awesome, the sketch is riveting!

From: SWAG
Date: 07-Aug-17




Looks great so far!!

From: JT
Date: 07-Aug-17




Very cool!!!

From: nomo
Date: 07-Aug-17




Only your first try?? Great work.

From: PECO
Date: 07-Aug-17




Nice, you are doing well!

From: Buzz
Date: 07-Aug-17




Great job.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 07-Aug-17




Stain rubbed in deep and wiped off fast will antique it more then paint, so stain gets my vote. That really is a fine piece of work. Post photo when finished. Thanks.

From: White Falcon
Date: 07-Aug-17




Very nice work!

From: Coyote
Date: 07-Aug-17




Great job!

As for finish, I would suggest using Fiebing's Antique Finish or Eco-Flo Gel Antique. These are thick, pudding like consistency products that you rub into the finish and wipe off. The stain stays in the depressions and gives a nice antique look to the leather. They're easier to control than a liquid stain or dye. They come in several different colors. I think medium brown would look good on this project.

I assume you bought the leather and tools at a store that carries finishes also. Tandy Leather Factory definitely has these.

Let's see more from you in the future.

From: StikBow
Date: 07-Aug-17




Wow

From: Pa Steve
Date: 07-Aug-17




Very nice especially for your first time. You've got a hidden talent. Would love to see the finished product.

From: GlassPowered Hoosier
Date: 07-Aug-17




That's some good figure carving, that's comming from a guy who has done leather work on a hobby level for nearly 15 years. 10 of them were learning and mastering the craft through 4-H. My last 5 or so years in 4-H I was consistently at tge top of the heap.

From: SoDak Jake
Date: 07-Aug-17




looking good

From: BATMAN Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Aug-17




Outstanding work! Where have You been hiding all this time? Hope to see the finished creation!

From: Stoner
Date: 07-Aug-17




Thank you all for the compliments , encouragement & suggestions. I think sometimes less is more. So I think I'll finish it with the Fiebing's Antique Finish or Eco-Flo Gel Antique.

I met a leather guy by the name of Joe White from Hidemasters (Colorado). He set up next to me at the Fountain Hills Art Fair (Arizona). Well he was a Spartan & myself a Wolverine, so the banter went back and forth all weekend. We developed a friendship and did some other art shows together in AZ. He helped me with my Javelina quiver and a buckskin shirt similar to Blackhawk here on the LW. I started picking up tooling at rummage sales, a couple hand me downs and some new from Tandy. I don't see Joe anymore so I decided to stop reading and get down to it. I will finish the tooling, staining and sewing. I would like to set it up similar to the Hinterland Rover who attached his to the side strap of his quiver.

Thanks again, John

From: MississippiBelle
Date: 07-Aug-17




Awesome job....I haven't tried the tooling yet. I have done just some simple stamping.

Marsha

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 07-Aug-17




Very nice!!

From: Stoner
Date: 11-Aug-17

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Well finished tooling. even though I did not have to do the left side. Did not realize till I thought... I'm right handed and you don't tool the back side of a sheath....DOH!! Oh well I needed the practice. Went with the Eco-Flo Gel Saddle Tan.

From: Stoner
Date: 11-Aug-17

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From: oneTone
Date: 11-Aug-17




Nice work! Will you add a belt loop?

From: MStyles
Date: 11-Aug-17




Very impressive!

From: BearClaw
Date: 12-Aug-17




Nice Work !!!

From: String Cutter
Date: 12-Aug-17




Very cool looking. Good job.

From: Longbow58
Date: 12-Aug-17




Very nice. Just getting started in this myself. Great job.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 12-Aug-17




You should be very proud of that , being your first or 1000th piece of leather craft ........

Great craftsmanship John !

From: mangonboat
Date: 12-Aug-17




Handsomely done!

From: Stoner
Date: 12-Aug-17

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Stitched it up with black faux sinew. Burnished the edge with chocolate dye. Cut a strap & sewed it on. Now I'm debating on a snap or a antler tine / button. John

From: Stoner
Date: 12-Aug-17

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I off set the U in the back to account for the strap & hook the back of the hawk. Thank you all again for you compliments & insight. I take it to heart coming from my piers. John

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 12-Aug-17




Awesome. I'd go antler tine. JF

From: badger
Date: 12-Aug-17




Beautiful, I played with this a few times and just don't have the talent. Great Job!

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 12-Aug-17




Now that is a fine piece of work. Nicely done! Antler gets my vote on that.

From: RymanCat
Date: 12-Aug-17




Wow the Vikings in Valhala wished you were around back in the day. Nice work.

From: throwback
Date: 12-Aug-17




Beautiful job, Stoner! I like the axe too.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 12-Aug-17




Awesome! Jawge

From: CD
Date: 12-Aug-17




Very very nice! That is sweeeeet!

From: fdp
Date: 12-Aug-17




That's a truly gorgeous piece of work.





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