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!

September 19, 2018

Fall Bear Hunt

Just a few more days and I will be heading north to try my luck again at taking a Michigan black bear. The bait is getting hit hard with 10 to 15 pounds disappearing every day. The trail cams are showing several bear coming in with two being of good size.

Again I will be doing the hunt in period clothing of the 1760 and using my flintlock smooth-bore. The long range weather is showing rain almost everyday at some point and time. Hoping that will change as the time goes on.
One of the large bears was taken the other evening so looking over the other trail cam photos and videos this looks to be the one.
 





August 15, 2018

July 31, 2018

July 31 1763

It's the last day of July, and I have returned back to the fort with my patrol. We where sent out to scout the near by village and small farms for any native activity.
This early morning a large force left Fort Detroit to make a surprise attack on the Ottawa village. Only to be surprised ourselves by a large native force as we were crossing the small bridge at Parents creek. We took heavy losses and was forced to turn back.
Thanks to the cover fire by a group of rangers we where able to make it back to the fort.
Some of the men are now calling it the battle of bloody run. While on our patrol we noted that the little creek was blood red from the bodies left lying in the water.
Report made by, Lt.Lang of Hopkins Company of Ranger. 

July 13, 2018

Oil cans

I picked up these old WWII oil cans from an estate sale.
I brought them home and cleaned them up with some soap and water. The insides were dry no oil left in them, and they were air tight. I decided to cover them with some leather. I went through my box of pieces. Found some that would work. I came up with a size and a tooling pattern and went to work.
They have been dyed, two are brown and one is black, treated with neatsfoot oil and some bee's wax.
I think they would make a great addition to ones range box.




June 4, 2018

Accouterments

A selection of some of the different leather accouterments that I make. Lock covers, bird shot & ball pouches, accouterments pouches & burning glasses with leather case.