Welcome to my Blog! My name is Darrel Lang and I specializes in the Replication of Leather shot bags & Accouterment 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!

July 31, 2014

Small Poll Axe

Just finished up this axe set.
This small axe is great to used to do all the small chores on a Trek or in camp, like cutting kindling and game prep. It's a much lighter alternative to a belt axe. This axe is made to be carried over the shoulder. The sheath is made from 3-4oz. veg tan leather, hand stitched and dyed a dark brown and treated with bee's wax. The strap is adjustable with a brass buckle and will fit an average to tall person.
The head is forged from medium carbon steel with a slight hammered finish and it has an oval eye. The size is about 4 1/4" long and has a 2" in cutting edge. The axe is fitted with a 12" hickory handle.
**SOLD **

July 28, 2014

New Belt Bags

Just finished up making up these belt bags. All three are hand sewn and made to last.

Bag #1  **SOLD**

Bag #1 Made from 3oz. veg tanned leather, hand sewn, inside flap only, lined with blue striped linen
small out side pocket.Dyed Dark brown.
Bag size,  5" wide X  5" deep 1 1/4" wide gusset.

Bag #2  FOR SALE  **SOLD**

Bag #2 Made from 3oz. veg tanned leather, hand sewn, two small inside pocket, Dyed Dark brown tooled flap.
Bag size, 5" wide X 6" deep   1 1/4" wide gusset.

Bag #3  **SOLD**

Bag #3  Made from 3oz. veg tanned leather, hand sewn, two small inside pocket, Dyed Dark brown tooled flap.
Bag size, 5 3/4" wide X 5 1/2" deep no gusset.

July 23, 2014

New Accouterments

New trade ax & red handle trade knife
 The Capt. is working on a new persona of a officer commissioned by Sir William Johnson to operate as a ranger in the Mohawk Valley. Here are a few of his new accouterments that he has picked up to go along with the new persona. All leather work was done by hand and no dye was used. When finished I hand rubbed in neets-foot oil and some bee's wax for the final finish.

July 20, 2014

Powder Horn Straps

I just finished up making these two different powder horn straps for a gentlemen who is doing a western fur trade persona. He wanted one that he could attach to the strap of his bag and one that was adjustable, so this is what I came up with.

I braided some jute adding iron O-rings and leather wags to attach the horn with and on the other ends I cut a small strip of leather strapping and attached the braid to them. He can now attach them to his bag strap. The braided strap is treated with bee's wax and a little dye rubbed in to give it a little patina.

The other strap is a full adjustable strap with a iron buckle and iron D-ring attached to the ends and leather wags to attach the horn with.

June 2, 2014

Large Order Finished

I met up with a gentlemen at Prickets fort and he gave me three axes and three knives in which he wanted sheath made for them.

So for the axes, I made up the two to be carried on the right side under the shot bag. The third a small tomahawk I made up a separate blade cover so that the ax can be carried tucked in ones belt or sash, or carried over on shoulder, either right or left side. All three have a Iron buckles to make the straps  adjustable.

As for the knives, I tried to make up simple sheaths that fit the style of knife.
Long Hunter, Cross draw
Trade Knife, Simple belt sheath
Dagger, Little Native influance

Spring Turkey Season, comes to an end

The spring turkey season in Michigan is by permits only and opens in mid April and ends the last day of May. My permit was for May 5th until the end of the month, I could hunt state or private land in the upper half of the state and only private in the lower half of the state.
I was able to hunt a friends place down in the lower part of the state. The first time I got out was a beautiful Thursday morning. I didn't make it out in to the woods until after the sun was up but, there was still some Toms gobbling off in the distance. I chose to hunt the edge of the woods along a newly planted corn field and my friend took to the woods. I sat just in side of the woods and made calls about every half hour or so. A few yelps just to let them know a lonely hen was around. I sat in that spot until eleven or so and only saw one bird. It was a single hen walking the field’s edge and she walked less than ten yards from me then turned and walked in to the woods again so close as if she was saying here I am. Now the funny thing about this hen is she had about a six inch beard and in Michigan she is a legal kill. I'm not sure if they can lay eggs and hatch young but I chose not to shoot her because she may have a nest.
I met up later with my friend and we headed in for some lunch and talked about the morning hunt.
He wasn’t able to go back out to hunt but, it was OK for me to return to the woods. He gave me some spots to try where he had seen some toms in the evening but, as luck would have it they didn't show. I sat until around eight and finally had to leave, just couldn't take the buzzing and biting of the mosquitoes any longer.
Day two was to be a week later, again another great day to just be out and in the woods. I would again hunt the edge of the same corn field but, this time the opposite side in the tall grass against a large oak, there was a break in the fence row and the birds would pass through into the next field to spend the morning feeding but, not this morning. The first thing after getting settled in was I had two bucks with their newly formed antlers sprouting out from their heads trying to make their way out into that same field. We played peak-a-boo for a while then they turned and went back the way they came.
The sun was bright and shinning right in my face. I would look out and scan the field then drop my head down and stare at the ground and after a few minutes repeat the same thing and once in a while I would make a call or two. After some time I looked up and about fifty yards out there was a hen standing there checking things out. I'm not sure if she was looking for the bird that wasn't there or she saw the sun glare off of my face or glasses but, she chose to go in a different direction. I saw two more heads coming across the field too but, they chose to follow her. I saw one other hen feeding across the field that morning but she never looking my way.
So again we met up and went in for some lunch, and again talking about the hunt and how smart the bird have gotten over the years and yes I even took a nap. A round four we made our plans and again headed to the woods. As I was headed out I spotted two birds standing on the shaded side of the old section oak out in the middle of the corn field. After checking my map I came up with a plan of attack, I would work my way around the far end of the field to the woods then cut through the woods to the edge of the field across from the oak. Everything worked as planed I could see the top of the oak over the rise in the field. So picking a spot just inside of the woods in the tall grass I sat down and started to call but the only thing coming to the call was the darn mosquitoes and they were bad, every once in a while you would get a breeze and it would blow them away but, they would return.
I sat as long as I could but I need to get out, away from the bugs. As things would go there to my right was a hen, she showed no signs of alarm, and she just turn and went back out the way she came. Now mad at myself for not sitting longer I turned to see the red head of a tom coming around the other side of the rise, I quickly dropped to my knees in the tall grass, and he hadn't seen me. Now this is where the story get's interesting remember the hen with a beard that I didn't shoot, well here stood a tom bright red head and no beard, I mean no beard, zip, zero, a big fat nothing! Now in the state of Michigan the law reads the bird must have a beard, hen or tom you can kill it, no beard it walks, end of story! Also the end of my season, again out smarted and empty handed, but as they say that's why they call it hunting.
I was grateful to my friend to allow me to come out to hunt with him again and it was a great day to be in the woods!
Until the next time!