Whacha Been Up To......

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by Horsewright, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    I like it buddy!
     
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  2. J. Keeton

    J. Keeton Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 15, 2005
    Thank you very much sir. I'm stoked... in a weeks time I should have some high quality W&C leather and maybe this stamp!
     
  3. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Ya bet. Good deal!
     
  4. Ebbtide

    Ebbtide

    Aug 20, 1999
    A good logo works on a billboard as well as a postage stamp.
     
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  5. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    I like it :thumbsup: It’s unique and displays all needed info. Only thing I could think of. Would be maybe add Knives & leather ? That way people who see your leather will know you make knives and vise versa.
    I’ve been kicking around having one made myself.
     
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  6. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    We do make a lot of sheaths for other folks knives too, not just my own:

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    Roughout holster with brand for a Sig 220:

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    The nap on this horsehide was so smooth that we didn't realize we made em inside out. This project is very wet when first making it as it has to be folded lengthwise and then in half. So the first roughout folding knife sheaths we did. By accident, but they are cool:

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    A few knives from the batch I just finished:

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    This one went to a fellow rancher up here that we help sometimes:

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    Went looking for the little piggies again last night. First time we didn't see any:

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  7. JonBishop

    JonBishop Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 30, 2014
    570BC77A-3741-4DC9-B0F4-3123C36484D2.jpeg 16DA9329-9A56-426B-8DFC-BA8554850C37.jpeg 1CFFAB29-883C-4FEE-BEB6-3E08B2DB5E93.jpeg Machete sheath for myself. Stitching got wonky at the top but I’m kind of ok with it. WW2 style attachment. Hence the wonky stitches. Loving my Cobra 4 sewing machine though. It looks wet because it is. I left it outside and a freakish downpour happened. It’s been a wet year here.

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  8. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    That looks great Jon. I put stuff outside too to dry, They don't get wet here!
     
  9. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Some recent work:

    A roughout rifle scabbard with border stamp:

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    A pair of chinks with a flap pocket and half dollar conchos. They are tooled with a carlos border stamp.
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    Half dollar conchos on the legs of this pair of chinks:

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    We had our summer works to do at the ranch too. It was hot so we decided to gather in the evening the night before:

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    Saturday morning was hot, dry and dusty but we got er done. Might of been a couple beers removed from the Yeti throughout the day. We started early morning and finished about 5 pm.

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    Our daughter Smoke, goes from this:

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    To this pretty quick:

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    She'll still do some surgery though:

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    Logan, our son, was roping on my new filly Lil Sis. She's really coming along. This was her second time roping for real, (here's her first time the weekend before: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCBZr8RDv8J/. ) They're really reaching out on this shot:

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    And Smoke grabs the heels:

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    Some Horsewright stuff in evidence:

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    Smoke was hot that day. I don't think she missed very often. Seemed like every time I turned around she had one on her string. I never even got horseback, they didn't need me:

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    Nichole grabbing the heels on this one that Smoke necked:

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    It was so hot Sophia came up with a unique way of cooling off:

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    Now a ranch dog cooling off in a stock tank isn't that uncommon but this part after is:

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    She's going home in your truck not mine!
     
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  10. J. Keeton

    J. Keeton Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 15, 2005
    Heck yeah sir, as always, great photography!
     
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  11. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks
     
  12. J. Keeton

    J. Keeton Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 15, 2005
    Hey guys, figured I'd post some questions here for you pros... It is "what I've been up to" for sure

    @Horsewright is this what you meant by using Quick Slik to get rid of the belt loop fuzzies? (My arm is about to fall off! LOL)

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    I've been practicing this on some scrap pieces.... Do yall have any tips on how to get a nice radius with a groover? I'm afraid "practice" is the only answer.... I really suck at this!

    *I tried it damp and dry... my lack of skills didn't care

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    Cheers,
    RBO
     
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  13. Old Biker

    Old Biker

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    Sep 25, 2016
    I find it is easier to follow the shape of the leather with this style groover.
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    One where the grooving is done by the arm instead of the center piece. It will also allow you to grove a molded piece like the ones in this picture.
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  14. J. Keeton

    J. Keeton Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 15, 2005
    Thank you sir! I've seen those... Guess I need to get one on order!
     
  15. J. Keeton

    J. Keeton Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 15, 2005
    Finished up this guy today... Gosh I have a ways to go!

    Issues:
    1. The knife fits just fine with friction and won't fall out, but I probably could of gone just a hair tighter around the handle (maybe take 1/8'' off my pattern for the next one)
    2. My leather makers mark should be about 2'' lower! Wish I would of thought about that!
    3. Cutting the belt loop end wasn't as clean as I'd want.
    4. My last stitch looks back (right where the curve part meats the vertical part)
    5. Wish I had a lathe to make a power burnisher... !

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    Questions:
    1. I coated the exterior of this sheath twice with neatsfoot oil. I have some Bag Kote on hand but have never used it; would yall recommend coating the sheath with it?
    2. Do yall groove your stitch line on the back of the sheath? I feel like I always jack it up when attempting this! lol


    Cheers,
    RBO
     
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  16. Ebbtide

    Ebbtide

    Aug 20, 1999
    Drawing, cutting, grooving.... don't use the small muscle groups in your fingers and wrist.... like you would when writing....
    You want to use the large muscle groups. Get your hand up off the table, use your arm & shoulder.
    Pivot at the hips.
    Lead with your elbow, the rest will follow.
    Ideally you want to do the same (practiced) motion over and over.
    That means turning the piece to accommodate that motion.

    Hope this helps :)
     
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  17. Robber58

    Robber58

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    Oct 9, 2008
    Ebbtide is right on about the groover. Turning the piece as you go around the corner is really key for me when I do a radius.
    I think the sheath looks great by the way. When I do a sheath, I groove the back after I put in the stitching holes. I use a freehand groover and a finger along the sheath edge to line it up. Done carefully, it looks great. Here is an example.
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    Randy
     
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  18. J. Keeton

    J. Keeton Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 15, 2005
    hot damn, that looks great. I'm trying that on the next one for sure. I ordered the groover from tandy... I'm hoping that it's slightly better made and more controllable.
     
  19. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Dave, your photos are without equal, IMO. Of course, I'm a frustrated wannebe cowboy also, and love all the pics of your family, your ranch-hands, your knives and leather, and that beautiful hill-country. But my favorite pic is that of Sophia and his straw-coating after cooling off in the water-tank. That dog is a winner...
     
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  20. Robber58

    Robber58

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    Oct 9, 2008
    The groover you have could work fine freehand if you take off the guide.
    Randy
     
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