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!

January 29, 2020

Dutch Trade Knife & Sheath

Here are some photos of a finished knife sheath that I made to accompany a customers Dutch trade knife.
It’s made in the center seam fashion, hand stitched and wet formed to the knife.
The leather is 4/5 oz veg. tanned leather, hand tooled and dyed a dark brown and treated with nests-foot oil and bee’s wax. I hand braided a hemp wang, to attach it to belt or sash.

January 8, 2020

Enjoying the Weekend

Schoenbrunn Village Trade Fair 2019

January 3, 2020

Large Powder Horn

I picked up this horn a few weeks back.
It's a large horn measuring 16" along the outside curve and 3 1/2" across the widest point of the butt end of the horn. I added a heavy leather strap to it to carry the weight of the horn when filled with powder. I believe it can be carried right or left side.
This is would be a great size horn for someone carrying a large bore fowler or musket.
"Rangers where required to carry sixty rounds of ball and a pound of powder."
This will be available at the Kalamazoo Trade show in March.

Shot Bag #61

First shot bag for the new year! I just finished up this early style shot bag for a young lady.
The bag is made from 2/3oz. veg. tanned leather, dyed a dark brown and sealed with neats foot oil and bee's wax.
The bag is 6" wide by 6 3/4" deep, welted seams and a small inside pocket. The flap is hand tooled doubled stitched and the edge is hand burnished.Strap is 1' wide with a iron buckle to finish it off.

December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

December 6, 2019

November 27, 2019

A Buck Down

The 2019 Michigan Deer season opener for me was slow. I was on stand early before first light. The wind was out of the west and not good for where I was sitting. The first doe came through about 7:30 and should have picked up my scent but for some reason she didn't.As the morning went on I only seen two other deer, one four point buck and another doe. Others in the group where seeing several bucks but, no shots where taken.The evening hunt wasn't much different, only seeing a few does.

 The second day was a little different. I didn't get out until about 9:30 in the morning. The weather was a bright sunny day, temps in the mid thirty's and the deer where on the move. The others where all ready on stand. I chose to hunt close so not to bother them. I headed down to the small clearing on the backside of the ceders and the cut field of corn.
It was a good morning seeing a lot of deer moving back and forth at the far end of the clearing. All out of range of my fowler. I did some grunting and rattling hoping to bring a buck in for a closer shot. I did have a young four point come in raking tree's and looking for the fight. He ended up only five yards from me before picking up my scent and bounding away.
 I sat until one before heading out to fix something hot to eat and drink then take a little nap in the warming sunshine.
I returned back to the clearing around three but moved further down  the edge. Picking a spot just inside of the ceders I sat and waited.
As time went by there where a few doe's that made there way out into the clearing milling about.
I then had a buck step out from the ceders about 15 yards from my right. He was a shooter! He stopped at the edge for a second or two then moved out across the trail to check a scrap on the other side. Presenting a 25 yard shot.

 Taking the shot the buck went down on the spot only to try and get back up. I had shot him in the spine and need to shoot him again.
With out getting up, I slid the gun to my side and removing another paper cartridge from my belt pouch and quickly reloaded. As I brought the gun up to prim the lock I discovered it was packed with snow. I quickly removed the snow and wiped out the pan using my hunting shirt and primed the lock. Getting to my feet and moving out into the clearing I was able to shoot the buck again putting him down. I again reloaded and approached the buck.

He was a fine 10 point buck. He was a three year old and a fighter for his left side had two of his larger tines broken off. He was a large and healthy deer and will provide a lot of meat for the table this winter.