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!

March 27, 2015

Leather Covered Water Bottle

Last weekend I spent Saturday roaming the isle's of tables that filled the three rooms at the Kalamazoo Trade Show. At one such table I came across this nice leather covered water bottle with a great price on it. It was just the right size for a day in the woods or on the battle field. I had to have it. The leather work done to cover the bottle was very good and the leather strap was OK but, not what I would want. It had a large brass harness buckle held in place with rivets and on the other end of the strap a brass D-ring again held in place with brass looking rivets but, I know someone that can fix it.
I first removed the leather strap and then dyed the leather bottle a little darker then rubbed in some neets-foot oil and then worked in some bee's wax. I took the tails of the bottle were the buckle and D-ring were attached folded them over and stitch down each side giving it a little more durability. I then cut out a new strap folding and stitching up each end then dying it to match.
I attached the strap to the bottle by using a heavy waxed linen thread and passing it through the ends of the strap several time then tying it off. I think it looks pretty good and will be a nice addition to my kit.
The bottom of the bottle is formed flat so that it sits upright and not lying on it side.         

March 12, 2015

Kalamazoo Trade Show

The Kalamazoo trade fair, is next weekend March 21 & 22 at the fair grounds in Kalamazoo Michigan.
I hope to be there on Saturday. It will be great to get out, do a little shopping and to see some friends.
No table for me,just looking and shopping.

March 7, 2015

Working, and staying warm

Some accouterments that I have been working on the pass few weeks for a large order and also some to take along to Martins Station this spring.
Still need to make the wood plugs for the small shot pouches, needs to get a little warmer


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.