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03-24-2010, 12:20 AM
I found a good Rob Roy style Sporran pattern with great detail and made my first. It's very plain because I'll be using it as a "side/back pouch" when I'm Bagpiping, so it's utilitarian in appearance.

The bag leather and gusset is black pig skin splits, finished on one side and suede on the other. The front reinforcement piece and back brace/front flap section was made from scrap I had laying around. I think it's 6oz leather and would have used something thicker, had I had any around...lol. I made the button from a Whitetail antler I had laying around and the cordage is black 550 paracord.

I used my Brother sewing machine for the entire bag and it went together very nicely.


03-24-2010, 12:21 AM

To buy one like this can cost between $80 and $200...depending on several factors like linings, stampings, leather types, internal pockets, etc. The pig skin cost me a whopping $16 and the thread I already had :D.

03-24-2010, 05:26 AM
Nice job!

03-24-2010, 07:41 AM
Leather tank cover?

03-24-2010, 12:09 PM
Leather tank cover?

I'd buy one.

03-24-2010, 10:09 PM
I could do it but I'd have to mess with a design first...lol.

03-25-2010, 05:29 AM
take a cheap neoprene cover (invert?) apart and go from there. maybe line the leather with neoprene?

03-25-2010, 06:57 AM
I could take my Rase cover & flip it inside out & take a pic or two.

03-25-2010, 07:46 PM
Nono...I have several neoprene covers here too. I'm saying on finding neoprene or something to layer under it for [additional] protection. there's also the matter of 'what weight?' [thickness] of leather to use and versus what my machine can handle. Over 8oz and I have to sew it by hand.

The thicker the leather, the harder it is and the more difficult it is to sew...but the thicker the leather, the less need for neoprene for protection too. Get into 16oz+ leather and it's actually called "armor" leather because SCA guys use it to make their body armor and shields.

Thinner leather like this [garment grade] can't easily be stamped - or at all carved. Generally speaking, these only come in black, brown and burgundy colors.

Thicker leathers can be had in the same colors and then also in "natural"...that is uncolored and a very light shade of tan. This can be dyed any color I can find at the leather store.

Stamping, embossing and carving would be more expense too, regardless of pattern or design...lol. I have some tools for this but not many.

03-26-2010, 07:14 AM
WOW... so much about a little skin. How well would it hold up to getting hit & staining?

03-26-2010, 09:53 PM
That would depend on the animal if came from, method of 'tanning' the hide[s] and how I end-prepare the materials. Obviously carving and stamping leather will create little crevices for paint fill/shells to get into, regardless of how I finish the product. Certain stains and paints will discolor if not finished with a hard-coat of something [like Atom Wax] and ultimately, how the user treats their gear and maintains it is all other factors - scratch it badly in a dive and get hit with paint or dive into where someone dropped a bunch of paint...and you could reasonably expect that color to be stained into the leather as long as it exists.

Thinner and padded materials can rip as easily as office furniture or jackets. Leather is tough but not indestructible.

I'd think the best leather to use would be vegetable tanned and around 12-16oz. It can be tooled, as well as provide rigid protection against tank-dings. It can take dyes and stains easily and is as easy to 'finish' as it is to stain...but again, drag it across the ground and it could very well be ruined.

03-27-2010, 07:17 AM
WOW again. What do you think it would take, time & materials, to produce one?

Idea for one, have it slide up about 1/3 of the way & lace it the rest of the way.

03-27-2010, 09:40 AM
That completely depends on materials used. Producing it isn't the issue and once the leather is cut, a few hours to stamp/tool, a few more for dye/stain, again a few to assemble and a few more for finishing. It's hard to gauge with so many unknowns.

As to your idea, that was already a thought...lol.