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 ūüôā

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.

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.

Leg Strap with Buckle for your Mare’s Leg Holster

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Beaver News #54 – June 5, 2017


We are very excited to introduce you to a new product.

Our Mare’s Leg Holster comes standard with a leg tie, and now we offer that you could order it with a Leg strap and buckle in lieu of the leg tie.¬†

If you already have your Mare’s Leg Holster and you would like to switch from the tie to the strap, we offer a Leg strap kit that you can install yourself.¬†

This product is soon available in the Online Shop, If you wanted to order it already, just send us an email and we will get your details and ship you the strap and buckle kit.

In this Video Mark explains how you can exchange your leg tie with this leg strap. Click on the video below to check it out:

Moving the leg tie on your Mare’s Leg Holster

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Beaver News #52 – May 8, 2017

People have asked us “how do I move the leg ties on my Mare’s Leg Holster”? So we thought we make a short video about it since there is a little trick to it.

Don’t own a Mare’s Leg Holster yet?
Order yours here, you can choose between six different styles.

When you receive your hand-made, high-quality Mare’s Leg Holster from us, the leg ties are on the middle setting of the 5-holes, but you might need it higher or lower.

So how do you move them up or down?

This is what Mark explains in this short video. First Mark shows you how to figure out in what hole your leg ties should be and then how to move them there.

What you will need:

  • pliers
  • a basic paper clip
  • and a little bit of patience
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    Watch the video below and let Mark show you how to do it:

    Mark carving the Grizz – part 2

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    Beaver News #51 – April 24, 2017

    This is part 2 of our behind-the-scenes video that gives you a glimpse into how Mark carves the Grizzly that is featured on our Mare’s Leg Rig “Grizz“.

    If you missed part 1, watch it here. You’ll get to see how Mark does all the basics, the carving, the pressing and the relief and bringing the animal out by accenting the edges, like a 3D effect.

    Now in part 2 you’ll see him work on the hair. It’s a long process, as Mark mentiones, Grizzlies are quite hairy fellas :-). The longer he works on it the more you’ll see the Grizzly really coming to life, at one point it even seems to attack you through the screen….

    The next step is dying and don’t you startle at first when you see him applying the dye all over this beautiful carving? But then, all cleaned up and waxed, you’ll see how amazing it looks and at the end of the video you’ll see the hole rig all put together.

    Click ont he image below to watch this majestic animal come to life.

    Mark carving the Grizz – part 1

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    Beaver News #50 – April 10, 2017

    This is a behind-the-scenes video that gives you a glimpse into how Mark carves the Grizzly that is featured on our Mare’s Leg Rig “Grizz“. It’s a two part series and this is part 1.

    We jump in right after Mark has traced the outlines onto the leather and used the swivel knife to cut the outline out. Now he shows you how he does the carving, the pressing and the relief, this is still all the basics, as you will see.

    Then he is bringing the carving out by accenting the edges, like a 3D effect. For that he uses a stamping tool, and the object is to using pressure, pushing down and smoothing it out at the same time, but the leather has to have just the right dampness for that.

    When he makes the hair, and highlights the hair, the carving is going to stand out like the animal is charging you with the hair all up in hackles.

    Every one of our carvings, even though there are similarities, is unique, just like every animal or every person is unique. There is not two that are identical.

     

    Tactical Knife customized

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    Beaver News #49 – March 27, 2017

    Today we are talking about taking tactical gear, or your¬†personal hunting gear or fishing gear, and modifying what you’ve already purchased.¬†

    There is a lot of good high-quality gear out there but it still may not suit your needs 100%. So one of our specialties is that we make modifications and upgrades to your gear, just like our motto says:

    You dream it  Рwe make it!

    In the video below we show you an example:
    One of our clients bought a Blackhawk Knife that he wants to use in a tactical way. We went ahead and wrapped the handle with rawhide. We double wrapped it meaning, first we wrapped it one way and then we wrapped it a second time crisscrossed. We also died the raw hide a nice rich brown.

    This is just one example of how we can customize or upgrade your existing gear. Come talk with us about your ideas, but first, click on the image below and watch the short video:
     

    Tactical Dog Collars and Leashes

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    Beaver News #48 – February 27, 2017

    Let’s talk tactical.

    It’s snowing AGAIN here in the Lower Mainland, what unusual winter weather for us.

    Mark used this opportunity to pull out his winter camouflage suit so he would blend in, especially since the dog is white as well ūüôā

    Today he is talking about tactical dog collars and leashes.

    • Double 9-10oz Latigo Leather
    • 1-1/2″ wide
    • Molded sewn handle with reinforced copper rivets
    • Double 1-1/2″ D-rings one on either side
    • single roller buckle

     

    The big handle is free floating and doesn’t collapse so you get your hand into it no problem, even if you are wearing gloves.¬†So if you are in a hurry to take control of your dog, you can grab the handle right away.

    Watch the video below for more information and to see our cute 11-month-old Bianca.

     

    Living History Equipment and Leather Goods

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    Beaver News #46 – January 30, 2017

    This time Mark talks about a passion of his, Living History re-enactment. Ever since he got introduced to it back in the late seventies, while living in Germany, he is hooked.

    Early on he manufactured his own outfits and gear and has built many authentic items over the years including a 1930’s VON nurses bag made off an original for the Burnaby Village Museum.

    In today’s video, he shows a big variety of the living history products that we manufacture for re-enactors including:

    • Trotter Knapsack
    • Rawle Pouch
    • British Cartridge Box with or without tin insert
    • Cap Pouches
    • Wood¬†and Leather Canteens
    • Belts of all kinds
    • Cross Belts for bayonets
    • British Military Suspenders
    • Haversacks in canvas and vulcanized rubber
    • Civil war cartridge boxes
    • cap pouches
    • etc etc

     

    To watch it click the image below.

    Forget about the Ghosts, beware of the White Spirit Wolf

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    Beaver News #41 – October 31, 2016

    In this week’s Video, we wanted to talk about Archery Supplies, items you dream of that we can make.

    It started off really good until Mark realized that it was Halloween… after that we don’t exactly know what happened other than Mark is gone and in his place sat the White Spirit Wolf…. ¬†but watch for yourself:

    by clicking here or on the image below.

    Since you have to do your own leather work until Mark transforms back into human form, check out our How-to Videos: