Carved holsters

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  1. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    Why-come most folks that get carved holsters seem to get flowers?

    This question came to mind 'cause of that new feller's post and pix of his new 1911 holster. Purty. Dang purty. But, again, it's flowers.

    You go look at most maker's sights, and if they offer carved holsters, it's flowers.

    I got these.

    Had this'un made for my granddaughter. Her middle name is Dragonfly, and as you can tell, this is dragonflies sitting on cat-tails.

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    Had this one done. Oak leaves and acorns.

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    It turned out so well I commissioned this double rig, again oak leaves and acorns.

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    I just don't understand why so many folks get flowers.
  2. woolleyworm

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    Beautiful work, I agree that floral is highly overrated for cold steel wrap.
  3. Bindernut

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    Metal engraving, wood carving, and leatherwork all have the same basic "traditional" patterns that just seem to be repeated over and over. A big recurring theme in all three is patterns from nature, be it flowers, tree leaves, etc.
    I'm sure a lot of it is probably regional and/or personal preference too.

    I grew up using mom's "western" patterns from the Tandy catalog. A lot of generic plant/vine scrollwork, but quite a few flowers too...poppies, tulips, and roses/wild-roses.
    I like nicely done oak leaves but to my mind they just don't "flow" like a vine & flower scrollwork pattern...but that's just what I grew up around though too. Mom never did many oak leaf patterns so I never did one either. Maybe if I see one done "right" oak leaves would flow just as nicely. It's just my eye, but I'm not real fond of your oak leaf gunbelt...although I do like that top slim-jim holster you got pictured. Since it's your gun leather, then as long as you like it then that's the most important thing.

    The flower (or acorn if you're doing an oak leaf pattern) is a focal point...if it's placed right, it's just like seeing a nice photograph that the subject is "framed" right as opposed to being hanging off center or halfways off of the picture. Too many flowers can be distracting, but sometimes something will look good with a whole bunch or even without one too. It's all personal preference.

    On that note, I'm rather partial to animals...but I'm far from the best at drawing or carving them. A classmate of mine was a superb artist and he did a much better job on animals that I've ever done.

    I don't have any carved gunleather at the moment. I did start a couple holsters but I've never finished them.
    This is my checkbook cover that I did back when I was in junior high. Yes, it's getting pretty shaggy looking but I'm not gonna retire it until it completely falls apart. And then I'm sure I'll dig into mom's leatherwork toolbox and carve up another one (if I still remember how! :)). The opposite side has some floral carving and a very poorly done horse but you can barely see it anymore so I didn't bother trying to get a scan of it.

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  4. boatme99

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    The oak leaf and acorn motif is a bring over from Europe. I think mostly from Germany. Its' pretty common there on old firearms and paintings.
  5. Alpo

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    That was where I first fell for it. Seems like most gun engraving, here, is scrollwork. Curlicues. 'Sokay, I guess. Then I saw a Walther PPK that was engraved with oak leaves and acorns, and said, "Oooooohhhh, me likie".
  6. JUNKKING

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    The only carved holster I ever had was for an HR 922 and it was pheasants. It looked nice but I thought later who would shoot pheasants with a 22 let alone a pistol they would have to be one bad mo fo to do that. I really like those holsters you have posted Alpo very nice work. I was going to have one done for my Bride I call her Hummingbird.
  7. gun-nut

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  8. ozo

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    I like vines, animals,insects,flowers,sea shells.......
    It doesn't matter. It represents life and God's beauty
    in nature.
    I like more than one color also. I think that's why God
    didn't make each rainbow in individual colors.....
    Those holsters look like they don't get much actual use,
    and if that's the case and they are for show, then I can
    understand wanting specific designs to 'display'.
    Mine actually get used and I can't see what is carved
    on them when I'm wearing them, and I can't remember a
    single time when I was wearing them [movies,SASS,working the ranch,
    hunting,parades,etc....] that anyone came to me and said
    'hey,can I take a look at the carving.....what is it?'.
    Some of mine have no relief, and some have female figures,
    and one even has guns.....And I have a couple that have cats.....
    if you can believe that !
    For example of how some designs are created, the pics are a
    rig made by a boot shop in Santa Fe NM about 1980......
    I was there for boot repair, liked the price of his holsters and his quality,
    and ordered one......he said "you want it plain or worked?"...
    I said sure, put something on it....that simple.
    Picked it up, and asked him "what is it?".......he just kinda shrugged
    and said it was in his head when he started and that is what it ended as.
    No special tracing, motif, genre,....just working the leather to give it
    some relief.
    I can wear flowers tho, even shoot pink guns in public......:cool:

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    Help me out here guys! I'm confused, what's the difference between carved holsters and tooled holsters?
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    Same thing Myles......
    we just used that term......for your benefit ! :)
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    Well it worked! Will we be seeing you in GA this year?
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  12. ozo

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    Some leather is tooled with a 'punch and mallet'
    and sometimes you 'carve(r)' it with an exacto knife
    to get the relief......
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    This look like a flower to you?

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  14. skullfr

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    all of these are real nice.Only one I had was a gunbelt,pancake holster and double mag pouch in basket weave.Really the designs are no different that saddle work.It is all in the mind of the artist and depends on what you want.
  15. Alpo

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    No, it ain't the same.

    You got "stamped", which is where they take a stamp and a hammer and press a design into it.

    You got "carved", which is where they take a knife and whittle a design into the leather.

    Then you got "tooled", which just means that some type of tool was used in making the design. Both "carved" and "stamped" are tooled.

    In my opinion, "tooled" is a worthless phrase, and needs to go away.
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