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Since I think most of you all already know me pretty well, I won't bore you with another introduction [emoji6]

So.... Mom and I spent Friday in Springfield, and I spent most of my gift card to Springfield Leather that my folks got me for Christmas. I got a lot of leather, (vegetable tanned cow hide, deerskin, and lamb skin), some new tools, some odds and ends that I needed, and a 16oz Barry King Tapered Maul that I've had my eye on for quite some time [emoji106] Then, we ended the night at a hole in the wall bar and grill, where my pulled pork sandwich was as big as my head, topped with pineapple coleslaw, and the other portions were so big that we shared the homemade potato chips, and homemade onion rings that were probably the best I've ever had [emoji4]



Also, my buddy invited me and my folks over for supper and a few hands of pitch Saturday night, and while there, he asked if I could make him a leather pouch for his tac light to wear on his duty belt. It's not much to look at right now, but here's what I got done so far today:



Since I have to wait for that to dry, I started making a toothpick holder that the local Police Chief asked for. Here's how it turned out:


Next on the agenda is to make a pocket holster, and finish tanning that bobcat hide - both of which are for my brother's birthday this week [emoji41]

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My brother asked me if I could make him a new leather pocket holster for his Taurus PT22, since his store-bought one allowed the shape of the gun to be seen through his pocket - which pretty much defeats the purpose of the concealment design. So, Thursday night, I designed the pattern, got the leather all cut out, put in the stitching grooves, and stamped in my maker's mark:


Then, Friday morning, I sewed it up, stained the leather black, and burnished the edges, (all done completely by hand). It was a perfect fit, and it only took me one try [emoji106]

So, since yesterday was his birthday, we kept their three youngest kiddos so he, his wife, and some friends could go out to eat and celebrate his birthday. When he got back to pick the kids up, I gave him the holster for his birthday gift. He tried it out and thought the design was perfect. The outline of his pistol didn't show through his pocket at all, and he could easily get his hand between the grips and the leather for an easy, fast draw. He's a perfectionist, and I figured he'd be pretty picky, so considering how happy he was with the effectiveness of my design, it was a proud moment for me [emoji6]



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When I took the dogs out this morning, I noticed that several of our Iris' have made an appearance. Keep in mind that it's 17* today with a 7* windchill, and snowing [emoji300]️. I covered them up with leaves to try to keep the snow off of them.... I sure hope they make it, and don't freeze!






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So, my youngest niece thinks she's a cowgirl. She was mad because she says she can't wear her boots anymore because they got muddy when we went "frog hunting", (they're actually just too small now). So I figured since my folks were getting her a new pair for her fourth birthday, I'd make her a custom cowgirl belt with little pink rhinestones, and a matching leather belt buckle. (FYI: I'm late in posting this, this is actually from the end of January). Now, I've never made a belt before, and wasn't sure if I had all measurements right. I put a lot of time and effort into this project, and really gave it my all. It turned out a little big for her, but the way I punched the holes made it where it fit, and still had room for her to grow into it more.

So the time came to give it to her, and I held it out, and she just looked at it. So, I asked her if she liked it, and her response was a simple, "no". LOL! I worked so hard to make it as perfect as I could, and all I got was "no". When I was around her age, my aunt gave me a doll that she was really proud of and I threw it down, and told her I didn't like it.... this was like déjà vu [emoji85]

Anyhow, maybe she'll decide she likes it someday, and actually wear it. But until then, I think I'll just stick with store-bought toys for her gifts [emoji6]







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Here are some photos I took when I went shed hunting at the farm earlier this month. I didn't find any sheds, but I did find some good sign where I might find some later [emoji106]














I also made this Leather Cross for a customer in Ohio [emoji6]


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My brother's kiddos came over a few weeks ago and my youngest two nephews wanted to plant some veggies with MeMaw, (my Mom).


They're actually growing really well [emoji534]

Here's their progress as of today [emoji106]


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Well, I just finished this custom leather belt, which I filigreed with authentic snakeskin that has been dyed pink. This is completely handcrafted - hand cut, carved, tooled, adorned with pink rhinestones and bullet casing snaps, stained, sewn, burnished with pure beeswax - all by hand. It took over 16 hours to complete this, but it was well worth it if I do say so [emoji6] [emoji106]



Chillin' with my shop mascot [emoji190] [emoji6]









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Last week was spring break, so Mom and I took my nephews out for a day of fun one day, and my niece out to do some shopping on another day. My youngest niece was sick and didn't get to go with us, so we're going to do something extra special with her this week.

But anyhow, we took the boys to the Nature Center, checked out their cool stuff inside, and then went for a hike on the mile and a half trail. We all had fun! That trail goes to a little bridge over a small part of the lake, so we got to see some ducks swimming, and one of the boys even spotted a dead deer on the bank. That was kind of odd [emoji50] Mom and I taught the boys about some of the plants, trees, and critters that we saw, then we headed to Steak 'n Shake.

Cool bird and squirrel feeder that Mom wants me to build:



When I was little, Mom took my Girl Scout troop here when this was first built- for a picnic. It's cool that it's still here [emoji6][emoji106]



After lunch, we went to a park where we enjoyed the geese, ducks, and swans, climbed some rocks, played on the play ground, (Mom and I even went down the sliding board - it was an awesome, old, fast one [emoji16]), and saw a news crew. The news crew was giving away $50 to whomever could answer a question, but they said they already asked us, (which they didn't), so we didn't get to give an answer. My oldest nephew did his best to get on camera, though, LOL [emoji41]






After we left there, we went to Academy Sports where Mom bought the kids some goodies, and I got some new crappie gear. They over charged me by like $3 or $4, so I went back in, and he said they didn't charge me at all for something, so I only ended up getting like 20 some odd cents back. LOL! Totally not worth going back in for [emoji87] But anyway.... after stopping at another store for some toys, we called it a day.

Anyhow, I'm so glad they enjoy doing outdoorsy stuff like that - and that they learn while they're having fun! And, we all really had a great time together - I'm glad for that, too [emoji6]

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I made this for a customer in Florida, and recently got it mailed off to him. Maybe he can call in some Osceolas with it this spring [emoji4]

Custom, Handcrafted Wingbone Turkey Call with the joints hand-wrapped in faux sinew, the bell end hand-scalloped, hand carved turkey tracks also on the bell end, a handcrafted turkey bone lip-stop bead, complete with a jute twine lanyard for easy access [emoji106]


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I went to the farm on Monday to hunt for morels, and not finding any morels is well worth it when you accidentally stumble upon a fox den and get to experience a kitten barking and howling at you. Thank you, Lord for all your critters.... my day was made [emoji16]

I also took a few pics while I was out there, although I didn't bring my good camera, so the turkeys are kind of hard to see:






The power company is putting a new line in:



This guy has been hanging there since last spring.... weird [emoji15]


There are turkeys out there:


More turkeys:


The pond is up!


Fresh deer scat.... I spooked two deer just as soon as I saw this [emoji16]


Unknown mushroom:


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Dad and I went fishing on Wednesday. He caught a 10" 14oz green sunfish on his first cast, which is the biggest sunfish he's ever caught, and that's only 2oz shy of the Master Anglers Award for that species [emoji1] Then I caught one that weighed 12oz, which is my biggest to date. I also saw a good sized catfish by the bank, but my bass jig spooked it off before I could get my catfish pole fixed up. We ended up keeping 5 sunfish and 4 bass, Dad probably threw that many back, and I threw one small, baby bass back. Dad also had what looked like a nice catfish right before dark, but it got off the hook near the bank. Anyhow, Dad out-fished me again, but boy did we have fun [emoji476]

Dad giving his tobacco offering at one of the Indian mounds to ensure good fishing [emoji4]


Dad's big slab:



Turkeys gobbling at full strut:


My big slab:


Old, buried, crooked turtle shell I found by the fence line where the power company cut some cedars:


His spine is as crooked as mine, LOL:





Our bank-side dinner:




This Townsend Skinner works awesome for being 50+ years old [emoji106]


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Well, I haven't been on here for awhile, so to get caught up I thought I'd share some pics of Youth Turkey Season. My 13 year old niece called on that Sunday asking if I'd take her since her Daddy had a meeting at church. We set up by this old Indian mound that we call the "big rock", and we heard a few gobbles to the south. So we kept looking in that direction, and I just happened to look to my left and there were a few gobblers coming right to our decoy. Unfortunately, they saw us before we saw them, so she wasn't able to get a shot off. So, we moved around through the woods some, and eventually ran into my cousin's brother-in-law and a little boy that he was guiding. We all four sat together for a little while waiting on a bird to come closer that we had spotted in the field, but it never came. So.... She didn't get a turkey that day, but we still had a good time, and she found one of my grandparents' old mason jars in the woods and was pretty excited to bring that home to use [emoji16]




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