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 22, 2016

September 13, 2016


                                                     Place: Fort Detroit,  Year: 1762
                       A British Ranger & French inhabitants along the banks of the river.

Captain Joseph Hopkins arrived in New York in May of 1762 to raise a unit of Rangers,(Queen’s Royal American Rangers). The unit would have 2 lieutenants, 1 ensign, and 100 rangers. The company was formed to be used in Detroit. They arrived in Detroit in the fall of 1762 only to be sent back because Gladwin didn’t have the space nor the supplies to support them through the winter. Hopkins along with 22 of his men stayed while the rest went back to Fort Niagara.
In the spring of 1763 Lt. Cuyler, returned to Detroit only to be ambushed by Pontiac. 19 Rangers were killed 2 wounded and 21 taken prisoner, the rest making to Detroit.
Hopkins rangers were involved in many small fights throughout the summer and also in the battle of Bloody Run. When the fall of 63 approached and Pontiac’s siege fell apart, no longer needed the company was disbanded.    

September 9, 2016

Woven Horn Strap

A friend gave me his new horn along with a wool woven strap and asked if I could attach it to the horn and make it so he could adjust it to wear it over his winter clothing. He asked that the woven strap be visible from the front. This is what I came up with.

August 30, 2016

Sun Bag

This bag is made the same as all of my bags are. The bag size is 6" wide by 7 3/4" deep, 1 3/8" gusset tapering up the side of the bag with welted seams.
The strap is 1" wide fitted with a forged iron buckle. Tooling done on the flap and strap of the bag. Small inside pocket.

August 23, 2016

Looking Forward

Summer is almost over and Fall is just around the corner. I can't wait to get out in the woods again to enjoy what Mother Nature will have to offer.

August 4, 2016

Finished Belt Pouch

Finished size is 6" wide by 5" deep. The bag flairs out to 7" and has a tapered 1" gusset. Made with 3/4oz veg. tanned leather, hand sewn, dyed a dark brown and treated with neats-foot & bee's wax. Inside is a small 4" wide by 2 1/2" deep pocket.

July 13, 2016

Belt Pouch & Fire Starting Kit

Here are a few photos of a small belt pouch and fire starting kit that I put together and will donated to the Schoenbrunn Village Trade Fair, held in October. It is complete with a flint & steel, the steel fits in a leather case, burning glass also in a leather case. The small tin holds char and tinder and flint also in the pouch is a small amount of tow. Everything to start a fire. "The steel was made and donated by Ben Hoffman of Hoffman Reproduction"