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!

December 9, 2012

Happy Holidays

I would like to take this time to wish you and yours,
A Very Merry Christmas
      Happy New Year!

August 28, 2012

Coin Purse

This is one of my latest project, a small pocket coin purse. As a early ranger I would receive 2-shillings a day plus food provisions and a gill of rum. So to add to my persona I wanted to carry some coins of the day, so I  needed to find something to carry it in.
 In looking for something I came across this, it is a simple design and would be correct for the period, made from 3oz. veg. tanned leather, when closed it is only 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and opens to 1 3/4" deep, just the right size to carry in my waist coat pocket.
 There is ample room inside to carry my coin along with my rosary and when closed it holds everything in it's place, so there is no rattling change.
Adding a false bottom to keep them out of sight it's also large enough to carry your ID and a charge card also folded bills if need for those days of shopping at an event.

I have made two so far and the second one is being use as a flint wallet. I found that I could lay several flints depending on the size, sharp edge facing out, and when folded close the edge is protected and they are all held firmly in place. When a flint is needed the purse is opened and all flints are easily seen and retrieved. If your turn screw is small enough it can be tucked in to the folds of the purse also.

As a flint wallet
Turn screw add to the folds.

August 23, 2012

Belt Bag

I just finished up this bag for a gentlemen who had sent me a photo of his shot bag ( his bag can be seen below ) and wanted me to make him a belt bag to some what match it. So I copied the style and the tooling of the flap and also tried to match the color of the bag. The bag itself has a small inside pocket and is made from 3oz veg. tanned leather and hand stitched with linen thread, welted seam and a button closer.

August 16, 2012

Another Belt Bag

 After seeing the first bag that I made him, he order another one on the same line as the first but a little bit larger. This one is seven inches across the opening, nine inches across the widest point and six & half inches deep.

August 10, 2012

Belt Bag

This is a belt bag made for customer who intends to use it along with his black powder shotgun.
It measures across the opening just under six inches and across the bottom seven & half inches
and seven inches deep. It is made to take up to a three inch belt. As requested there is no inside pocket.

August 4, 2012

What's in your bag

My bag & horn,

Bag & all of it's contents.
Priming horn, bag of flints, patching, round balls, small shot pouch, shot cards
Tow, worm, ball puller, flint/steel, small oiled rag, tin & bag
Cows Knee
Horn by Carl Willyard
I powder with my brother ball a hero like I conquer all

July 25, 2012

Rising Sun #13

This is just a small simple bag, (61/4" wide x 7" deep) made from 3oz. veg. tanned leather all hand stitched with linen thread and dyed to a dark brown. There are no inside pockets, the strap is 1" wide, and the bag if worn on the right the iron forged buckle will be to the back. There is a rising sun tooled in on the flap along with a small button closer of the bag. The leather has been treated with neetsfoot oil and beeswax. The bag is well made and will hold up for long time to come!

June 29, 2012

Heart Shaped Bag #12

After a long time absent from posting my work, here is some photos of my most resent bag. The bag is heart shaped and made from 3 oz. veg tanned leather, hand stitched with linen thread, dyed a dark brown and treated with pure linseed oil and wax. The inside has a large pocket the full width of the bag and divided in half. The flap has some simple tooling done on the front side and striped linen added to the backside and is held closed with a brass button. The detail of the strap can be seen in the photo along with it's forged 1" buckle.The bag size is 7" wide x 9" deep.

April 18, 2012

Ax Set

Along with the new shot bag previously posted, he also order an ax and shoulder carry sheath. The small axe is hand forged from medium carbon steel with a slight hammered finish, the head size is about 4" long and has a 2" in cutting edge. Handle is 12 1/2" long, and is of Hickory,the handle has a curved bulbous end and finger grooves for a good grip. The leather shoulder sheath is made from 4 oz veg tanned leather and dyed a dark brown, the leather carry strap is 3/4" wide and is adjustable with a forged buckle.

April 14, 2012

New Bag #11

This is a single shot bag that I just completed for a gentlemen. It is made from 2-3 oz. veg tanned leather, hand stitched with linen thread. He requested that it have a small inside pocket and some tooling done on the flap.
The bag is seven inches wide and six and half inches deep with a inch and half  wide gusset added, all seam are welted also. The strap is one inch wide with a forged buckle, brass button closer.

My "Man Cave"

Finally, the wife and I have an empty nest, the last of our three sons has move out to start a family of his own. So I have taken over the bedroom that we had built in our basement a long time ago. I remove the closet to make it in to a room of 11x13 large enough for a small den. I now have a place to display and enjoy the things that I like to do. The buck was taken with a bow, and the two bear were both taken with a flintlock musket.The turkey tail fan & beard from my first bird, taken such a long time ago. They now have a place to be in which I can sit and remember the hunts from the past and dream of the ones yet to come.

March 27, 2012

Double Shot Snake

I was asked to make a new shot snake using the old one as a pattern. The old one was in bad shape, the leather was rotten and fell apart very easy.


This is what I had to work with.

                                           This is the finished one next to the old.

When trying to remove the English charger head the leather just tore away. One had already been repaired at one time.

The old ones in place.
This is the finished shot snake. 

March 22, 2012