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Deer skin project ideas?


Malcolm Douglas
Nov 10, 2014
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Dandenong Ranges
Most of the leather I’ve ever played with has been pretty heavy duty, great for sturdy bags, sheaths etc… however…

I was given a side of very soft, supple deer skin from Japan, it’s beautiful, but I’m stuck on ideas for projects to make from it! Can anyone offer me any inspiration? I know this is a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question, but I have no immediate need to inspire me, so I’d love to just see what you’ve made out of such a fine, soft leather.

Le Loup

Rüdiger Nehberg
Apr 29, 2011
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New England NSW
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This knife sheath is actually made from the outer bark of the Stringybark tree & I covered it in leather.
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This Hunting sword scabbard I made from a heavy leather & then covered it in a thinner softer leather.

I once made a pair of moccasins out of deer leather, I made them hair inside for winter warmth. Bad mistake. The deer hair brought up a terrible rash on my feet!!!
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You could make a poke bag, a drawstring pouch. I have made several of these, I also made some soft leather containers for holding lead shot.

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Food bags, one made of leather.
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Gunpowder bags.
My Fire Bag. I carry my tinderbox in this greased leather bag. The top has a flap closer, & I then roll this down to make it waterproof (Keeps my tinder dry). I carry it in my belt pouch.
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My medical pouch (first aid kit).
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My glass rum bottle I protect in a leather pouch.
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My Belt Pouch.
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Glass Water Flasks covered in leather.
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My Bow bound in leather.
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My arrow quiver made from sheepskin.

I hope this may at least give you some ideas.
Regards, Keith.


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