Moving the leg tie on your Mare’s Leg Holster



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.

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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
    Watch the video below and let Mark show you how to do it:

    Mark carving the Grizz – part 2



    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



    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



    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  – we 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



    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 🙂

    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.


    Tent repair and Black Powder Rendezvous



    Beaver News #47 – February 13, 2017

    This week’s Video is short and to the point. Mark is busy getting ready for the Black Powder Rendezvous in Chilliwack and is repairing his Wall Tent. 

    Yes, we do repair tents here at Beaver Mountain Works and we also manufacture different historical Tentage, from Awnings to Diamond Shape, to Lean Pees and even Tipis (Tepees, Teepees). 

    You dream it we make it! Custom handmade Tipi by

    Custom handmade Tipi by


    A few years ago we actually manufactured a Tipi for Marco in Italy and we delivered it ourselves (of course, who wouldn’t want to go to Italy).






    To watch it click the image below.

    Living History Equipment and Leather Goods


    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.

    Signature 3D Cartridge Loops


    Beaver News #45 – January 16, 2017

    In this week’s Video Mark is talking about the different kinds of cartridge loops, especially about our Signature 3D loops, and how they are manufactured.

    He also explains how he builds these loops onto belts, holsters, staging strips etc in a way that they never expand and become too loose for your cartridges to the point that they fall out.

    You find these 3D loops on the following products in our Online Shop:

    Gun Belt Prospector
    Mare’s Leg with Cartridge Loops
    Mare’s Leg with Cartridge Loops and Concho/Keeper
    Buscadero Rigs
    Single Holster Rig Desperado

    We hope this video is helpful and gives you some ideas on cartridge loops, the different styles and how they are put together.

    To watch it click the image below.

    Custom Buscadero Rig


    Beaver News #43 – December 5, 2016

    In this week’s Video, Mark talks about our custom handmade Buscadero Rigs. He actually shows off the rig that he is using when he does Cowboy Action or other fun shoots.

    All our Buscadero rigs are made of high-quality leather, they are hand cut, bevelled and edged and come with

    • Buscadero Belt lined smooth or with suede
    • Ranger Style Buckle with quick screws for easy exchange of buckle
    • Re-inforced slotted panels on both sides
    • custom fitted and moulded holsters (You can check out this video to find out how we are making these).
    • quick release hammer tabs
    • leather buckle straps or lace tie-downs
    • Signature style 3D cartridge loops, standard is 12 loops, in one row or split 6 and 6
    • your choice of Conchos at extra cost

    Check out the video below:

    You can customize your rig at extra cost with:

    • border tooling
    • basket weave
    • carved floral or oak
    • custom carving

    Contact us for a quote.

    Spend Remembrance Day with this Veteran


    Beaver News #42 – November 14, 2016

    In this week’s Video, we take you behind the scenes and let you be part of how this veteran spends Remembrance Day 2016.

    In previous years Mark was part of the Seymour Battery (Seymour Artillery) and their Salute in Port Moody,

    2015 Remembrance Day with

    2015 Remembrance Day

    But this year he went back to the way he prefers to spend this special Day and how he’s honouring his fallen comrades and fellow veterans, the POW’s (Prisoners of Wars) and the MIA’s (Missing in Action).

    0:15  How Mark starts the day
    1:15  Saddle up
    1:25  where Mark is at 11.11 am
    2:40  does he have a whole horse or not?
    3:30  later in the day, the Salute at the fire
    4:20  How Mark ends this special day

    Spend the day with Mark by clicking here or on the image below.

    Forget about the Ghosts, beware of the White Spirit Wolf


    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: