I found myself on a leather crafting kick for some time now. Mainly for Axe sheaths, chisel pouches and misc. bags of all sorts.
With that said I have been practicing a little on small items. I jumped in head first and bought a half a side of leather. Shipped to the house for $70.00. Now I have a good bit of material to make some nice items.
I will show you a few of the techniques I have learned. Most of my tools were bought from Tandy leather or Harbor Freight.
In this project I am making a Haversack for camping and hunting. It is basically a catch all for your gear.
The name ‘Haversack’ originates from its usage to carry ‘Havercake’ and almost certainly related to Hafer, the German word for Oats. Havercake was a rough type of bread simply made from oats and water, with the addition sometimes of yeast to bulk it out. Oats were the staple food of the poor, especially in the textile districts of the north of England, during the privations caused by the Napoleonic Wars. Havercake was made in the form of a thick biscuit as a convenient way to take food to the factory for the mid-day meal, and the haversack was the bag it was carried in. This system, using havercake carried in a haversack, was also used widely by the military for the individual soldier to carry his rations.
I will do a two part series and show you the outcome of this project.
Here are a few picks of my current work.
Now for my demo of what I have learned so far.
I promise to return to some forging and woodwork shortly.
Thanks folks for your time.
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