Doc Holliday Style Shoulder Rig

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Beaver News #67 – February 19, 2018

A client wanted to have a shoulder rig similar to the one that Doc Holliday made famous.

In Cowboy Action it’s not uncommon that we take on a persona, dress like that historic person and want to have the accessories that person had and made famous.

Who was Doc Holliday?
A dentist by trade, John Henry “Doc” Holliday (1851-1887) was a gunman and gambler and became a folk hero of the American West as the close friend of fellow gunslinger Wyatt Earp. Together they were the famous faces at the legendary battle of the West, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

As you know, our motto is 

You Dream it – We Make it!

If you have a hero in history or a hero from a movie (like this one we did last fall), let us know, we love making your dreams come true.

So check out this weeks video of the Doc Holliday Style Shoulder Rig that Mark made for this client.

Custom Buffalo Mittens

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Beaver News #66 – January 15, 2018

You Dream it – We Make it!

stays our motto for 2018 and we’ll strive to exceed your expectations with high quality, handmade leather items that become heirlooms.

This weeks video is about such a product, that we hope becomes an heirloom for its owner. It’s a pair of custom hand-made mittens from buffalo leather. This client came to us with buffalo he had and he wanted to have mittens made as a Christmas gift for his grandson.

Watch this short video to see what all is involved to make a pair of mittens. You can watch the video by clicking on the image below (make sure you watch the video all the way to the end, there is a little fun surprise for you waiting).

How to Measure for and Install Your Butt Sleeve (butt wrap)

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Beaver News #64 – December 4, 2017

You can now order a butt sleeve (butt wrap) from us, even if you are not able to bring your firearm to the shop.

When you order your butt sleeve you’ll provide us with three measurements. This is all we need to produce your butt sleeve and we will ship it to you. Once you receive the butt sleeve you can install it on your favorite firearm yourself.

As Mark says: if you can hunt and shoot a gun, I’m sure you can do it.

We created two videos, the first video explains how you get the three measurements that you need to send along with your order. To watch the video, click on the image below:

 

The second video explains how you install the butt sleeve once you receive it from us:

 

Should you have any troubles to install the sleeve, don’t hesitate to contact us.

How to adjust the Mare’s Leg Shoulder Rig

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Beaver News #63 – November 20, 2017

In this short video, we explain how to adjust the Mare’s Leg Shoulder Rig. Even if you have not ordered one from us, this video will still give you an insight into how we make our products fully adjustable to your liking.

Find our first video about the Mare’s Leg Shoulder Rig here

Whether you are tall or short, heavy or skinny, left-handed or right-handed, our products adjust to your body and to your liking. Mark shows you where and how you can make your adjustments to position it on your body. 

He also talks about the quick disconnect on the belt connector and why he built it the way he did.

Once you feel you found the perfect fit you need to secure the Chicago screws with some Loctite and then periodically check them to make sure they are not backing off (which is common to happen). 

To watch the video, click on the image below.

How to get subdued Hardware

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Beaver News #62 – October 30, 2017

Our Motto is: You dream it – We make it and we specialize in all kinds of different items. This time, one of our clients needed to have his hardware subdued. 

To subdue these snaps and quick-release snaps Mark first heated them up with a tiger torch. He then put them into a polisher to polish them up some and to take the chroming and lacquer off. After this, the hardware is ready to have the solution put on. The final step is to oil them up and then they are all ready to go. 

To watch the video, click on the image below.

A Rig Inspired by a Movie

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Beaver News #61 – October 16, 2017

As you know, our Motto is: You dream it – We make it! so when a client came to us, asking for a rig similar like one he saw in a movie – well we accepted the Challenge 🙂 

The movie he was talking about is Two Mules for Sister Sara and he had his eye on the rig that Hogan, aka Clint Eastwood, is wearing. 

It’s a gun belt with a holster and the first thing you’ll notice is that part of it is rough-side out – meaning the rough side of the leather is out and not the smooth side. 

The belt is lined and stitched with a decorative stitch, we added our signature 3D cartridge loops to it and of course, the buckle can be easily exchanged with our chicago screw system. 

The holster is lined as well, molded and fitted to the gun, and the keeper is a buckle-keeper just like the one on the show. 

If you have an idea of something you want to have manufactured, or you’ve seen a photograph or movie of something that you are interested in, come talk to us. 

To watch the video, click on the image below.

Custom Gun Belt & Holster on drop-loop

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Beaver News #60 – September 25, 2017

Today we are talking again about a custom item: this is a gun belt with a holster that we just manufactured for one of our customers.

He wanted a 1-3/4″ belt and he wanted to have a drop-loop on it to put on the holster for his revolver. As a prospector, he goes into the woods a lot and he has a license to carry. He wanted something that is versatile and that fits his .357 magnum

Also, because he carries different equipment on his belt he found that if the belt buckle is on the left side, where it normally is on a man’s belt, it has gotten in the way of his equipment. So we manufactured the belt to his desire and put the buckle on the right side. Watch the video to see the other features on this custom rig.

To watch the video, click on the image below.

Watch Mark make a leather Quiver – part 2

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Beaver News #59 – September 11, 2017

How did you like part 1 of the tutorial about how to make a Leather Quiver? If you missed it, and before watching part 2, you can watch part 1 here.

In part 1 you saw how Mark took a simple piece of leather and transformed it into a tapered tubular. Today you can watch Mark finishing up the quiver.

First, he sews the base piece on, then he dyes the quiver and lastly, he adds a decorative top part from deerskin with fringe with creates a finished edge where you drop the arrows in.

As usual, he gives valuable tips while he is doing it. After 40+ years of making high-end leather items, he has some insider tips and tricks to share.

To watch it, click on the video below.

Watch Mark make a leather Quiver – part 1

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Beaver News #58 – August 28, 2017

Here at Beaver Mountain Works we are getting ready for hunting season. We are starting to manufacture our quivers for archery and we thought, why not let you have a peek 🙂

This particular one will go on the hip and you can see how Mark takes a simple piece of leather and transforms it into a tapered tubular.

To do that he first has to punch holes on all four sides (did you see our tutorial on how to punch holes? If not, you can watch it here).

After punching the holes he is ready to stitch it together. Best is to start at the narrow end and work your way to the wider end, it’s easier to get your hand in there this way.

Watch him stitch it together and hear all the priceless tips he gives you while he is doing it.

To watch it, click on the video below.

How to punch holes (Tutorial)

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Beaver News #57 – August 14, 2017


You dream it ….. we make it.

Can you believe it, it’s already the middle of August, where did the year go?

Today we show you a tutorial on how to punch holes into leather the right way.

You might be saying to yourself “I don’t do leather work, why would I need to know this?”

Well, we create these videos also to show that our products are really all hand made. We take great pride in our workmanship and we like to show you a little bit of behind the scene. Maybe you appreciate your product just a little more because of it. 🙂

Ok, let’s get to it:

First Step, Mark imprints a stitching line and then he uses the stitching wheel that makes marks in the leather where the holes need to be punched.

If you don’t have a stitching wheel he shows you another way on how to make these indications into the leather.

As a second Step Mark shows you how to punch the holes and especially how to do it the right way.

 

Mare’s Leg Shoulder Rig

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Beaver News #56 – July 3, 2017


You dreamed it ….. we made it. You’ve asked for it, and we deliver:

We’ve taken our normal Mare’s Leg Holster and implemented it into a shoulder rig. It comes with

  • a plain ammo plate or an ammo plate of 6 or 12 cartridge loops
  • left- or right-handed which means you can have this as a cross-draw as well.

You can adjust the harness in a way that the holster is all the way up or further down. No matter if you are a tall or a short person, you can customize the fit of your shoulder rig and holster to your liking.

This also takes the weight off the hips and puts it more on the shoulders which equalizes it out if you wear a belt with a knife on it, for example, or you are moving around a lot, you never have the gun sitting down so far.

You can have this Shoulder Rig with any of our Mare’s Leg holsters:

And last but not least, we also added (by demand) that you can switch the hammer tab from the outside to the inside, there are instructions in the video below on how to do that.

Click on the image below to watch our latest video.

Custom Project: Mare’s Leg Holster “Bear looking around a tree”

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Beaver News #55 – June 19, 2017


A quick video to show you a custom Mare’s Leg Holster we just finished.

This one goes to show so nicely our motto: You dream it – we make it.

We’ve taken our basic Mare’s Leg Holster and we specialized it to our clients’ wishes and needs and look at the result, don’t you love it?

It features:

  • a Graham Howard embossing called “Bear looking around a tree”
  • a two-tone black and brown holster
  • with fancy fringe on the side
  • a cheeky tassel  hanging down
  • 3D cartridge loops
  • Leg Strap with buckle in lieu of the leg tie

 

Click on the image below to watch the short video.