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Decided to make a pair of holsters for my Schofields. These are my 5th and 6th holsters and I am most proud of these. No, they are not perfect but they are a step in the right direction for me. I tried my hand at the carving and though I would not get the swivel knife to work right and I did not have all of the proper tools for correct carving I still feel it turned out well enough and I am super happy with them.

I tried Saddle Lac for the top cote and its too glossy for my taste so I will try to dull the finish down some later.

The guns fit in there really nicely but I made my stitch line turn into the holster at the top and on this pattern I should not have done that. All in all though I am happy and still learning.

Comments and constructive criticism welcome.


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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2020, 05:29:38 PM »
Couple more.
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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2020, 07:53:27 PM »
Those look good. You're really moving forward with your work.

I personally like to put a slight taper to the holster so the tip isn't quite as wide. That's only preference, though, not good or bad.

One thing that will make your tooling more dynamic is to make decorative accent cuts with the swivel knife as the last tooling step. Here's a page that shows the basic steps in order. https://www.realeather.com/projects-and-ideas/Article/49/Basic-Tooling-Steps Scroll down and compare steps 8 and 9 to see the difference.

Looking frorward to #'s 7 & 8!  :D

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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2020, 09:03:32 PM »
I'd be proud as a new Dad if I made those.

Nice work Rube.
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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2020, 06:50:34 AM »
You are progressing beautifully. #5 and #6 are great. Keep em' coming.
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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2020, 07:30:46 AM »
Those look good. You're really moving forward with your work.

I personally like to put a slight taper to the holster so the tip isn't quite as wide. That's only preference, though, not good or bad.

One thing that will make your tooling more dynamic is to make decorative accent cuts with the swivel knife as the last tooling step. Here's a page that shows the basic steps in order. https://www.realeather.com/projects-and-ideas/Article/49/Basic-Tooling-Steps Scroll down and compare steps 8 and 9 to see the difference.

Looking frorward to #'s 7 & 8!  :D

Thanks for the link. I need lots of practice on the tooling and carving.
As for the taper.... This pattern called for a toe plug but I sewed it closed rather than put the toe plug in. Prob. should have just left it open though.
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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2020, 07:31:09 AM »
I'd be proud as a new Dad if I made those.

Nice work Rube.

Thanks.
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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2020, 07:31:39 AM »
You are progressing beautifully. #5 and #6 are great. Keep em' coming.

Thank you.
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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2020, 10:32:12 AM »
Those look amazing, nice work. They look glossy now, but that fades with time, especially if they spend a lot of time outside.

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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2020, 10:37:59 AM »
Those look amazing, nice work. They look glossy now, but that fades with time, especially if they spend a lot of time outside.

Yeah, I was trying out Saddle Lac and it has a higher gloss than I want. I want to either dull it down or like you said, hopefully it will loose some of that with use.
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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2020, 11:59:55 AM »
I'd be proud as a new Dad if I made those.

Nice work Rube.
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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2020, 12:32:29 PM »
Thanks for the link. I need lots of practice on the tooling and carving.
As for the taper.... This pattern called for a toe plug but I sewed it closed rather than put the toe plug in. Prob. should have just left it open though.
Like I said, there's nothing wrong with your design. Just keep making these cool holsters. You have a good feel for leather work. This time you stitched the toe closed. Keep trying new things. That's what makes leather work interesting. In no time you'll have your patterns exactly where you like them.

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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2020, 08:30:08 AM »
Like I said, there's nothing wrong with your design. Just keep making these cool holsters. You have a good feel for leather work. This time you stitched the toe closed. Keep trying new things. That's what makes leather work interesting. In no time you'll have your patterns exactly where you like them.

Will do. I have yet to make a belt so that will be my next project. I want a belt for these holsters. I found a buckle that I think will work. Now I just need to cut the strips and see what I can do.
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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2020, 08:57:45 AM »
Looking forward to seeing what you decide on for that.

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Re: My 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield)
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2020, 09:24:35 AM »
Well I have now completed a whole rig now. This is the first full rig I have made. I am very pleased with the way it turned out and my Schofields now have a place to ride comfortably.


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Re: 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield) Now With Photos Of Complete Rig reply 14
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2020, 09:58:49 AM »
Beautiful! This Rig has a "professional" look to it. When someone asks you "where did you buy that Rig". You can proudly answer "I made it myself".

Just a thought, if you want a finish with less of a gloss, you might want to try Skidmore's Leather Creme for the final finish.  www.skidmores.com
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Re: 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield) Now With Photos Of Complete Rig reply 14
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2020, 10:08:57 AM »
Rube, that is superb! Well done Sir!
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Re: 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield) Now With Photos Of Complete Rig reply 14
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2020, 10:12:38 AM »
Yeah! Good job on that rig. Ghormley's Wheat and Rosebuds buckle is a nice touch. Well done.  :D

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Re: 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield) Now With Photos Of Complete Rig reply 14
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2020, 10:32:04 AM »
Beautiful! This Rig has a "professional" look to it. When someone asks you "where did you buy that Rig". You can proudly answer "I made it myself".

Just a thought, if you want a finish with less of a gloss, you might want to try Skidmore's Leather Creme for the final finish.  www.skidmores.com

Thanks. I def do want something without so much gloss. I went ahead and did the belt with the Saddle Lac also since I done the holsters already and the difference was noticeable.

Thanks for the comments also.
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Re: 5th and 6th Holsters (Schofield) Now With Photos Of Complete Rig reply 14
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2020, 10:32:39 AM »
Rube, that is superb! Well done Sir!

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