New Leather for an Old Iron

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by gobsauce, Aug 17, 2021.

  1. gobsauce

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    I've been working leather for a while, but I tend to find a fault in everything I make for myself. Because of this, I tend to make holsters that are rugged, ugly, and simple.

    Until today. Today, I decided that I wasn't gonna slump and let anything keep me down and do something gun related.. that wasn't perusing THR..

    My grandad gave me his 6 Iron, a Model 10-5 that he.. decorated. And so, I got my tools and got workin'.

    Now, the reason I'm positing this is because for the first time in 6 years, I feel that my work is actually worth posting, instead of making an example of it. So here it is. IMG_20210817_025252608.jpg IMG_20210817_025315686.jpg IMG_20210817_025419323.jpg IMG_20210817_025431523.jpg

    Some pictures of the Smith as well. I haven't done anything Gun related since my range buddy died, so this took an insane amount of effort.

    Any questions ,comments and concerns are welcome and highly encouraged.
     
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  2. bannockburn

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    gobsauce

    Clean, straight forward design nicely assembled and finished. Definitely worth posting about!
     
  3. stonebuster

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    Nice work and a special gun. Grandad must be smiling.:)
     
  4. hannstv

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    When that leather gets a little of the newest worn off, that will be a very appealing combo. Especially to us old guys. That was time well spent.
     
  5. CoalCrackerAl

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    Nice project. Well done.
     
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  6. ontarget

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    It's good that you are getting back into the game. Nice work. I'm sure your Grand Dad would approve of the new holster. It goes well with that revolver.
     
  7. Riomouse911

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    Nicely done :thumbup:.

    Oh, the stories some of those vintage revolvers could tell if they could just speak… ;)

    Stay safe.
     
  8. BobWright

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    The holster looks as if you have left it natural with no finish on it. I bought a holster from Doc Barranti specifying he leave it natural. I have applied one coat of Lexol to the leather, then finished with several coats of Johnson's paste wax. This has mellowed to a pleasing saddle tan color and sheen. This on the right holster:

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    Bob Wright
     
  9. Bolson

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    Nice work! I've dabbled a little with making my own leather...but like you I find fault. I needed a holster for this S&W that was gifted me, but for some reason I decided not to trust my pattern and made it a little to tight. It needs a redo.
     

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  10. e rex

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    You did excellent work, Granddad would be proud.
     
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    Beautiful stitching! Will you soak it and form fit it?
     
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    My preference in gun leather leans to the simple side. If decorated at all, let the embellishments be simple and sparse.

    Let the leather speak through the form and function of the holster.

    I find this holster work very appealing -
    functional with no extraneous material.
    The simple embellishments draw attention to the form; not to the decorations themselves.

    Good job.
     
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  13. Drail

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    Dude. that is an excellent design and superb workmanship.
     
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    If I may make a suggestion,,,
    The edges of your leather need to be beveled and burnished.

    That one step would greatly improve your holsters finished look.

    Aarond

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  15. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I like it! Simple, effective, looks like it belongs with an old Smith. Now you just need to give it some use so it get aged. :) :thumbup:
     
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    With the pictured holster you forgot the "ugly" part. Well done!

    Dave
     
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    Nice work. Handsome revolver, too.
     
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    I like it. Looks great! :thumbup:
    The holster and the sixgun. :D
     
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  19. wcwhitey

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    I like the design! Simple, rugged and nicely stitched. Well done sir!
     
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  20. gobsauce

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    @BobWright I did leave it without finish, I like the way this particular cut of leather looks like. I love the way your two holsters came out, particularly the right one. I'll have to try that out soon.

    @Bolson the holster looks great my man. It looks like your revolver fits in it, you might want to try just letting sit in there as leather only stretches over time. I love the design behind it.

    @Alaskan Ironworker this one isn't getting formed, I don't really like forming , personally. Although, I may make a molded one in the future.

    @aarondhgraham you're absolutely correct. They're next on my list.

    Thank y'all for taking the time to look at this thread. I suppose I needed a change of pace, I've had a rough (which is putting it lightly), and y'all's kindness really helped me step out of this little hole of mine.

    The reason I took so long to reply to y'all is because the response from you guys had me overwhelmed. Wasn't expecting such a positive response.
     
  21. ms6852

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    @gobsauce, you got skills!
     
  22. Rodfac

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    Nice work, Gob...and...it house the memories you have on the old man...making it probably brought back some of the old times you shared. And your new holster will get you both out of the house and down through the meadows again...

    One of us mentioned burnishing and beveling...it's easy even without a beveling tool from Tandy...you can hand sand it down then burnish with a bit of deer antler...I still use antler on my holsters after 50 years of building tack and gun gear. Dampen the edge after sanding...then go to work with the antler....but then you probably knew that...

    best regards and nice work....Rod
     
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  23. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Looks awesome to me!
     
  24. Bartojc

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    I like it. Nice, simple, and functional. I wish I could do something like that.

    Jeff
     
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  25. gobsauce

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    I know I can sand it, but don't really know how to do that. I always get loose fibers that become a huge hassle. I might just get some Chinese knockoff bevelers, considering that the Tandy tools are made in China.

    Thank you for the kind words, Rod.
     
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