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Wild Rose

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Here are the sources for supplies and tools and also some on-line tutorials that I have written and recommend...

Aging leather

http://www.wrtcleath...eather-zurl.jpg

How-to do the baseball stitch

http://www.wrtcleath.../_baseball.html

How-to do the saddle stitch

http://www.wrtcleath...therstitch.html

Making your own Stitch Pony

http://www.wrtcleath...stitchpony.html

Making a Mexican Loop style sheath

http://www.wrtcleath...p/_mexloop.html

 

 

Below are suppliers:

Veg/Bark Tan Leather:

Wickett & Craig -
www.wickett-craig.com

I order the 8/10 oz Tooling-Holster or 10/12 oz Skirting and have it split to 8/9 oz - they will split it to whatever size you like if need be...they also carry drum dyed sides in several colors for those who prefer them

RJF Leather -
http://rjfleather.com/content/index.php

Very nice double shoulders and sides - these are old style pit tanned hides from Portugal and are VERy nice and reasonable

 

Dyes, all types of leather including some exotics, hardware, etc.:

Leather Unltd -
http://www.leatherun...re/dye/dye.html

Siegel of Ca -
www.siegelofca.com

Leather Factory/Tandy

 

Linen Thread -
5 cord left or right hand twist is a good all purpose thread
:

Campbell- Bosworth:
http://campbell-bosw...?keywords=linen
- I have not used the less expensive Hungarian thread myself so cannot offer an opinion whereas I have used the Barbour's for close to 50 years..

Tools: Cheap but OK:

Leather Factory/Tandy - the Craftsman brand

 

Tools: Better - Osborne and other better quality tools:

Campbell- Bosworth:
http://campbell-bosw...?keywords=linen

Tools: Best:

Jeremiah Watt
-
www.ranch2arena.com

Expensive but worth it - made by a master saddle maker and a heck of a nice guy!

 

Gomph-Hackbarth Leather Tools

10754 N. Martineau Road

Elfrida, AZ 85610

520-642-3891

 

Robert Beard:
http://robertbeardtools.com/index.html

 

Gore Tool

Route 1 Box 306-B

Caddo Mills,Texas 75135-9801 800-859-8338

 

McMillen Leather Tool Company

864 Four Waters Drive

Sunrise Beach, MO 65079 573-374-7880

 

Barry King

 

Bob Douglas - lots of old/refurbished tools as well as new

Phone: 1-307-737-2222

 

I can recommend all of the above having used them for several years (some several decades) - There are many other suppliers including Hidecrafters. Montana Leather, Oregon Leather, and others including some suppliers on EBay - as always with any unfamiliar suppliers it's caveat emptor.....

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Chuck Burrows

Wild Rose Trading Co

chuck@wrtcleather.com

www.wrtcleather.com

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great collection of links and info, Ive been using the saddle stitch since I started doing blades in 2005 and was a method my grandpa taught me as his dad taught him back in the 1930s. Great method for sheaths and always holds firm.

 

Secondly thank you loads for sharing the antiquing and aging leather methods, Ive been wondering about that for some time.

Gnáthamh na hoibre an t-eólas

(Knowledge comes through practice)

 

Iron is full of impurities that weaken it; through the forging fire, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion. - Morihei Ueshiba

 

my site: http://lfcforgeworks.webs.com/

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Hey Guys,

Do you guys have a one-stop place for frontier-era sheath hardware; things like Sam Brown studs, brass snaps, copper rivets, tacks, conchos, etc

 

I'm making a series Bowie sheaths.

 

thanks,

Dave Suitor

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Hey Guys,

Do you guys have a one-stop place for frontier-era sheath hardware; things like Sam Brown studs, brass snaps, copper rivets, tacks, conchos, etc

 

I'm making a series Bowie sheaths.

 

thanks,

Dave Suitor

 

No one stop place unfortunately but here are some sources:

 

1) Crazy Crow - www.crazycrow.com for brass tacks, brads, beads, nickle plated or brass harness studs, etc.

 

2) Copper Rivets: Campbell Bosworth http://www.campbell-bosworth.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=rivet&osCsid=3tbpejmsugolne79uiv7v1ao92

 

3) Tandy or Leather Factory for the Sam Brown studs

 

4) Indian Jewelry Supply www.ijsinc.com for conchos in nickel or Sterling - also look at their buttons which I use for smaller (3/4' or less) conchos

 

4) Brass snaps: do you mean pull the dot types for retention straps? They are a post 1900 item so aren't really historically correct, but Tandy/LF carries them in different sizes.

Chuck Burrows

Wild Rose Trading Co

chuck@wrtcleather.com

www.wrtcleather.com

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  • 7 years later...

I have found that a local Good Will store is an excellent place to find good quality leather.   We bought a Liz Claiborne genuine leather purse for $4.00.   It provided enough good leather for several sheaths.   It was dark blue so, we reversed it and put the buck side out which goes really well with denim jeans.

Tom Clark

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