Another Slim Jim for the Rogers & Spencer

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  1. CraigC
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    Been out of my rhythm of making things for the Etsy shop since my surgery. Needed to spend time on other projects anyway. Got out there and finished a couple this week. This one's more of a walnut color with less aging.

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  2. hawg

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    That's nice. I like it.
     
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  3. JCooperfan1911

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    The Rodgers is a dandy gun. Congrats!
     
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    Great craftsmanship; as usual sir!

    Like the walnut color as well!
     
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  5. Bibbyman

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    Great looking holster.

    I did a little leather work many years ago. Made a couple for 6 guns and several pancakes holsters.

    I need a pair for my Ruger Old Armys. But our club leather maker wants to stop doing leather work. So I bought a quarter hide and have tools on order. Winter project. I'm thinking of tooling them in a pattern like the one Jesse James had. A rather simple leaf/vine design.

    What's your Etsy store name?
     
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    Nice. You have some talent.
     
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    I have never been a huge fan of stamping but it looks good on those long, skinny holsters. :thumbup: (had my readers on this time)
     
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    Beautiful work, CraigC. What a great holster for a great revolver. Thanks for the photos.

    Jeff
     
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    Wouldn't my stainless R & S look nice sitting in that. Nicely done!
     
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    Keep this up, and I'm gonna have to buy another pistol just so I can have you make me a holster. That is high end with the attention to detail. Fine work sir!!!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words!


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    I seen that a bit after I posted. :what:
     
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    Pretty work .
     
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    Nice work Sir. Someday I maybe the planets will line up with your product and my guns.
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  15. Bibbyman

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    I finished making a Slim Jim holster for my Rogers and Spencer today. The carving is a facsimile of the Jesse James holster.

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    Nice.
     
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    My brothers and I did leather work when we were in Jr High and High School but not anything with the form of a holster. Do you wet and mold the leather before you assemble it or shape it by using the pistol after assembly? I am not after any trade secrets, just curious how such fine work is produced.
     
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    REALLY like that one @CraigC . Are your designs for the tooling sort of improvised or do you base them on historical patterns?
     
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    Very nice work on those holsters. It amazes me how some people start with just a piece of leather and end up with useful as art. Great job.
     
  20. Miguel Loco

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    Looks good....nice job.

    It's formed after assembly. So it's vitally important to have the appropriate pattern.
     
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    If it's a trade secret, it's a poorly kept one.

    After cutting out, carving and stitching, etc, the holster is just a folded envelope. I ran it under a stream of room temperature water in the kitchen sink for a few minutes (longer than necessary) until it was soft. I opened up the barrel channel to the bottom with the handle of a cleaning rod because it was about the size of the gun barrel. I put the Rogers and Spencer in a heaver than Walmart shopping bag. And shoved it in the holster. I used my hands and a stylist to form the outside to the pistol. Let dry for several hours - until it was very stiff. Then I trimmer the edges, polished and dyed them. Then applied a top coat.

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    This is with the gun shoved in the wet holster.

    A good tutorial on YouTube.

     
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    Beautiful. I need a nice fancy rig for my 1860 so it can become my barbeque gun. :)
     
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    They're usually inspired by something I've seen. I try not to directly copy anyone else's work. Sometimes I'll get an idea from something completely unrelated. I study a lot of ancient art and might find something there. Last week I got an idea from the pattern on Zakk Wylde's guitar. You never know.


    As the others have said, it's done after assembly. Now that I'm dip dyeing, I wet form right after it's dipped. The dye is alcohol based so I don't have to wrap the gun to keep it from rusting.
     
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