Leather Shot Bags & Accouterments for the French & Indian War.

Leather Shot Bags & Accouterments for the French & Indian War.
Welcome to my Blog! My name is Darrel Lang and I specialize in the Replication of Leather shot bags & Accouterments made in the colonies by the harness and saddle maker of the18th century. All items are hand sewn using waxed linen thread, dyed, then treated with neatsfoot oil & bee’s wax. The leather used is of veg. tanned cow hide 2-3 or 4-5 oz. weight. Other materials used are pig skin, period correct linens for the 18th century and iron or brass buckles. Please take a look at what I have to offer. Thank you!

February 5, 2015

Shot Snake

I was sent the Irish shot head and was asked to make up the rest.
Using a old pattern that I got from a friend, I went to work and put this together.


February 1, 2015

Wool Covered Canteen

Just finished up this wool cover for a copper canteen made by Goose Bay Workshop.The canteen was purchased by the customer and was sent to me from Goose Bay. The cover is made from green wool, trimmed with leather and a hand braided strap added. 




January 12, 2015

New Knife



I have wanted a new knife made for myself for a long time but, could never decide on a style that I liked. I wanted something early but, not a dagger no double edge. One late night I was going through some of the older post on the Contemporary Makers blog site and came across some early style knives made by  CLA artisans Ken Gahagan that I liked. So I got with CLA artisans Ben Hoffman of Hoffman Reproductions to talk about what he could do for me. After showing him the photos of Ken’s work and what I was looking for he came up with a European style hunting knife. He drew up some sketches of what he had in mind, and I made some changes and well this is what we came up with. Ben did an outstanding job on the knife. I received it in mid October and used it to field dressing my turkey and was hoping to put it to use on a deer but no luck on that. The knife is light and holds a fine edge. I made up the sheath for it but I’m not sure that it is what I want so that may change in the future.   



If you would like to see what Ben has to offer you can send him a e-mail to  hoffmanreproductions@yahoo.com or call him at 1-740-828-2304


Here are some photos that Ben sent me as he work on the knife. The one thing that impressed me was that the handle was fitted to the tang by burning it in for the perfect fit.
No epoxy used.



January 11, 2015

Finished Order

Just finished up this set for a customer.
Shot bag, Belt bag & a shoulder carry ax sheath.
He also order a second ax sheath but in a lighter brown, the ax was sent to me by the customer at there cost.


December 20, 2014

Holiday Greetings

                   But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight-------
                      Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

                Everyone please have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!

December 15, 2014

Time well spent



My son and I had a chance to spend some time together in the woods trying our luck in taking a buck during the 2014 Muzzleloader season. Using our flintlock smoothbores and dressed as rangers out of Fort Detroit in the year of 1762.
Working as rangers, Eric took a little nap while I kept watch.
Our plan was to set up off the second ridge over from the upper fields and catch the deer as they make their way to their bedding grounds. Well so much for plans for as we made our way down the ridge line we had deer running everywhere. They must not have gotten the memo, because they weren’t supposed to be there yet. We worked our way down to our spot and set back to back against a large oak but, as our luck would have it no deer. After sitting for a few hours I left my son to sit and I walked the ridge line down to the end and dropped down to the bottom and walked it slowly, stopping every now and then back to my son, hoping to move one his way. Again no luck!
We then moved to the other side of the ridge to sit and watch a trail that runs between two thickets hoping to catch the buck that runs a bunch of scrapes along the trail. Again no luck!
So now it was time for lunch, so we worked our way back and met up with friends for lunch.
Returning to the woods around three, with  plans to hunt the trails leading up to the fields. Again, no luck, we didn’t see a single deer. We blamed the warm weather with the temperature around 50, the deer just weren’t moving.  
We both had a great day together in the woods something we don’t get to do very often. So did we get a deer, NO! Did we have fun, you bet we did!

December 7, 2014

Just in time for Christmas

       Hand sewn leather belt bag (5"w x 6"d) made of veg. tanned leather, dyed dark brown and treated with bee's wax. The bag has welted seams and a 1" gusset and a small inside pocket, will take up to a 2 1/2" belt.