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!

October 14, 2013


Here is a group of accouterments that I made for the 5th annual Trade Fair raffle at Schoenbrunn Village in New Philadelphia, Ohio. You can check out there web site for details at http://www.schoenbrunnvillagefair.org
 The Items are Shot pouch, Ball pouch, Small flint wallet, Coin pouch, and Leather funnel

October 13, 2013

Back & empty handed

Well we are back home and empty handed, no luck. The bait that I placed out two weeks earlier was gone before we got up there. The last bear seen on camera was the 4th in late afternoon. We replaced our bait the next morning but, nothing showed for the week we were there. I believe that the warmer weather in the hi 70 was one of the factors, or they just moved on due to the bait going empty. I do know that it wasn't because we didn't try, new bait added every morning, in our stands every day by two sometime earlier, and there to dark.

 It was still time well spent in the woods,we had a Fisher coming in to the bait along with Blue jays, ground squirrels, and other small critters. Eric even watched a Bobcat work it's way through the woods.
The week it's self was great, great weather to be in the woods, the fall color was at it's peak and the best part was just spending it with my family!


October 4, 2013

Time to go

The time has come, early tomorrow morning, the family and I are heading north where my son and I will try our luck at hunting Michigan black bear. In Michigan you can hunt with hounds or over bait, we will be hunting over bait. I traveled north a few weeks back and set out some bait and our stands, now time will tell.

I will be hunting in period 18th century fashion, wearing clothing of the 1760 and using my 75 cal. British fowler.
I had taken it out a few days back to work on my load and shot placement.
The last shot of the afternoon was a penetration shot take at a piece of 10ga. steel. At 25 yards you can see the fowler packs a pretty good punch. The ball flatten out pretty good and dented the steel plate out one inch. Pretty darn impressive!

October 2, 2013

Finished Bag #20

 I just finished up this large bag for a customer,
It is 8" wide by 9" deep I think it is one of the larger bag I have made.
The bag has a inside pocket that is 4" deep and is the full with of the bag.