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:

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.

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: 

Tutorial: How to cut out a corner

Beaver News #40 – October 17, 2016

In this week’s Video, we are talking about how to cut out a corner when doing leather work – not to confuse with How to cut a corner when doing leather work 😉

This tutorial will even be valuable to you if you are not doing leather work yourself but you are (or might be in the future) a customer that wants to buy an item hand made from leather. After watching this video you know what to look for to see if the artist knows his craft and went the extra mile to ensure he produces a beautiful and high-quality item.

If you are doing leather work yourself you might have struggled with this task in the past and have ended up with that unwanted cut that Mark shows at 2:55. Then you probably tried to fix it but ended up messing it up even more. Let Mark show you this simple trick so in the future cutting out a corner will not be any trouble at all.

Watch the video by clicking here or on the image below.

Other How-to Videos :

Butt sleeve & Sling with cartridges



Beaver News #35 – May 6, 2016

Mark shows you a butt sleeve/sling combo that has been in big demand here at Beaver Mountain Works.

Both the butt sleeve and the rifle sling have cartridge loops, the length of the sling is easily adjustable and the cartridges readily accessible.

Watch the video by clicking here or on the image below.




Beaver News #33 – March 28, 2016

In this week’s video, you will see, that we are not only manufacturing cowboy action, hunting, fishing and outdoors gear. We can make you anything you want – as we say, you dream it – we make it.

Mark shows you one of our briefcase designs, a nice heavy duty bag that is practical and stylish at the same time. The briefcase you see in the video has the following attributes:

  • approx. overall size 16” x 13” x 3.5″ closed
  • made of high-quality cowhide leather
  • Hand cut, sewn and dyed
  • closure flap lined with suede
  • double gusset, center divider serving as inside pocket
  • two adjustable closure straps embossed, with tuck catch-locks
  • adjustable 1″ wide shoulder strap, lined with suede and
    movable shoulder pad for extra comfort
  • sewn and riveted at stress points
  • heavy duty hardware
  • horse carving

This one was custom made and yours can be too! You can pick and choose from a list of add-ons and inside pockets and/or key lanyards, embossings or carvings and also a variety of different hardware. The basic bag starts at $550.00, add-ons and embossings and carvings are at extra cost.

Watch the video by clicking here or on the image below.

Belts & Buckles


Beaver News #32 – March 14, 2016

You can find all kinds of belts everywhere almost in every store you walk into, and you find all kinds of quality of belts…

Here at Beaver Mountain Works we manufacture belts that are high quality, durable, look good, and do the job you want it to do.

A good quality leather belt can last you a long time even a lifetime. 

In this week’s video Mark shows you all kinds of different belts that he manufactured over the years. You will be surprised to learn how old certain belts are already. He also explains the different types of buckles and explains why we don’t use snaps for certain belts.

Are you looking for a unique knife sheath?


Beaver News #30 – February 15, 2016

A knife sheath, pancake holster style

This particular knife sheath is really Mark’s favourite design for out in the bush or for horseback riding because it is slim-line, it sits flat right up against your body and does not protrude out.

You slide it on your belt like you would a pancake holster, the knife is easy to access, and the sheath can be worn on the left or right side of your body or even in the back.