The product line at DG Saddlery over the years has included many types of leather goods. We have designed and created knife scabbards, pistol holsters, belts, home decor, harness, tack and of course saddles. One type of item that we attempted many times are zippered type bags. This item not being my area of expertise, we were able to make something that worked but wasn’t at the level that we wanted to create. Because of this, we as a company many times would stay away from taking orders on any type of zippered bag.
I have recently decided that I would like to finally gain the skill set needed to be able to create projects with zippers incorporated. We were in Waco, TX recently to make a video with Aaron at Maker’s Leather supply on Sewing Machine Selection. While we were there, Aaron and I decided to do a collaboration video together building a project. He came up with the perfect project for our visit.
This video is our collaboration on the making of a pistol case. This particular pistol case holds two pistols and zips closed. This was a great project that allowed me to gain more knowledge about installing zippers in bag design. Continue reading →
Hand stitching Leather with an awl and two needles is a “must-have” skill set for any aspiring leather craftsman. This method allows for maximum efficiency when it comes to having to hand stitch any project.
There are many ways to accomplish the same goal, and hand stitching is not any different. Many people prefer to use a dremel tool with a small drill bit or a set of pricking irons. These tools work for making the holes when hand stitching, but in my opinion they do not save any time nor create as pretty of a stitch.
In this video, Hand Stitching Leather with and Awl and Two Needles, I show you what I know about hand stitching leather the traditional way. I prefer this method not for maintaining traditional skill, but more for its efficiency and accuracy when hand stitching leather projects. This method allows for the best possible stitch and for me I find it to be the quickest method. Continue reading →
About a month ago or so I was in the shop on a Saturday trying to come up with something new and different to make. My hopes were that I would use this time to be creative and develop a new product that would be like nothing I had ever created. I cut poster board all afternoon working with all kinds of different shapes, proportions, and layouts. I came up with many different ideas, but none of them seemed to be “that one” project.
It wasn’t a total loss though, because I learned some valuable things in that creative session as I usually do.
I went home that afternoon feeling a little like I had wasted the afternoon. I told my wife what I was trying to do that afternoon and that I just didn’t have much luck coming up with a “new” project, much less “that one” project. She casually mentioned doing a Round Purse. At first I wasn’t sure that this was the project since it seemed too simple. After visiting about it more I began to think it might make a neat project. She pulled up tons of photos of Round Purses on her phone and apparently they are really popular right now. The next day I went back into the shop and designed patterns for one of the easiest purses that I have ever made. Is it “that one” project? Probably not, but it is a good project and I had a ton of fun with it. Continue reading →
In this video, I show you my oiling and antiquing process for tooled leather projects. The finish that I did on this piece is what we call a “Light Oil Antique” and it is one of our most popular finishes in the shop. We have created previous videos on antiquing and oiling, but this video dives in a little deeper.
Here are links to those two previous videos if you want to check those out. Continue reading →
If you have been dabbling in leatherwork for a short period of time, or have been cutting your teeth in the leather industry for decades, then you have had someone ask you to make a doctoring saddle bag before.
These bags are fun at times and other times they can be a very challenging project to complete. This is mainly due to the particular requests from the dayhand cowboy that is ordering it. Every cowboy is unique and particular of how his gear is arranged in the tack room, how his horses handle, and how his doctoring bag is designed. No two cowboys are alike and that can pose a challenge when designing one of these bags.
In this Quick Tutorial Video on our Youtube channelI show you how I approached this particular request we had this week in the shop. This is by no means the only way to make this type of doctoring bag, but it is how I took a sketch and turned it into a useful tool for my customer.
Check out this video and see if this is something you would like to try and make. If you like the design that I created here, then you can purchase the pattern pack that goes with this video by clicking HERE.Continue reading →