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I am the proud owner of one of IBOM sheaths. His workmanship is outstanding!! I am about to send him a rather large order of custom knives so he can create some custom sheaths to make them the perfect gift!

 

IBOM is HIGHLY recommended!

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Beautiful word! Personally I think that learning to work leather is a survival craft that everyone needs to be be familiar with. It isn't really hard if you have the right tools and patience. No, that said the appearance that a craftsman gets like bugoutdude has doesn't come fast. BUT you can get pretty good useful results with just a little practice. The basic tools don't cost much and the basic techniques are pretty simple. In a bind I can make some pretty nice stuff with an awl, stitching spacer wheel, stitching palm, saddle stitch needles and sinew and a sharp box knife. In a bind forget the stitching wheel. I make my patterns with grocery bags and scissors.

 

When I started I made a lot of very plain, maybe butt ugly sheaths and holsters that worked great and fit my stuff like a second skin. Later I got into the basket weave and tooling and made a lot of pretty things but the fact is my early less pretty stuff is now 40 years old and STILL very functional. What Bugoutdude is making is the result of a lot of practice and work but for survival you need to learn a little and it will serve you well. I have made all sorts of things out of boot tops over the years so the leather is actually pretty easy to find.

 

You do beautiful work Bugoutdude. Have you done the barbed wire borders yet? I like that a lot on a lot of my stuff these days. It looks nice fencing in a basket-weave field. Before arthritis started making my hands hurt I also liked to do the Indian type sheathes and stuff with bead work. It is a just great and very useful hobby.

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Danm, firstly thank you for your compliments. I take great pride in my work, and I beileve in function first. The looks come in later. Once I'm sure my work does what it's supposed to the way it should, I then consider the aesthetics of the piece. There is no point in making a gnarly, tooled to the gills sheath that doesn't hold a knife in place for as long as you have that knife.

 

That being said, it really is quite easy to start working with leather. The amount of knowledge and skill you can gain is really based on how many mistakes your willing to make! But really, I am CONSTANTLY reading, watching videos, trying new things out, and like i said, making tons of mistakes.

 

I urge you all to at least try it out. I can't draw a proper smiley face, but somehow I can carve out a GD horse on leather.

 

I do have a webpage now if anyone wants to see my most recent works, or order anything.

 

http://jgleatherworks.com/

 

I have not had the opportunity to play with the barbed wire border yet. Still playing catch up on the tools...can't seem to collect them all.

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Just received the sheath you made for my brother. He wanted a plain sheath that could take a lot of abuse. Oh man, did you come through for him! That sheath is awesome and will be around for decades! Thanks a lot! My brother really liked it/

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The thing that is nice about learning this is that you get to have all the leather stuff that you couldn't have afforded otherwise. Cross-draw holsters and sheaths for the knives I made got me started. Can you imagine what a basket weave machete sheath out of 6/7 leather would cost? I bought a side and it took care of me for YEARS. I never sold much but gave a lot of stuff away over the years as gifts. The knife making was another thing that being poor got me started on. The one thing that I always wanted to do but just didn't get around to was making a saddle. When we had horses I was young and always working. Now I have the time but no horses. Maybe I'll do one for my Granddaughter. Your work shows the time and care you put into it. Handcrafts are a dying art in a world that wants instant gratification.

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