Hides, Skins, Leathers?

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  1. Kharn

    Kharn AH Senior Member

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    G'day

    Curious to see other peoples clothing/equipment that they have had made from Game Hides, not the Trophy Mounts but the items you may of had made from the animal & use either daily or when hunting?

    Unfortunately I live in a rather restricting country but still like to 'dream' about what I might do if I could either keep or legally acquire the Game Hides.

    Like this backpack I thought up.
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    My wife covers pillows and cushions in the house with the backskins from the hunts.

    Oh, and for what it's worth, that pack design - bought something like that for my wife in Cape Buff a while back. they're nice.
     
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  3. Kharn

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    The backpack is off Tagsafari website I just used it as an example. My reward from hunting (aside the hunt/people itself/themselves) is the hides/skins more so than the Trophies/Ivory etc.

    I love turning the beautiful hides/skins into things I can use for either hunting or in daily home/work life and enjoy seeing/hearing what others have done or might of done so that I might consider it for my own styles, I am currently having 3 sets of sunglasses straps made from Zebra & Giraffe, 1 for my work safety glasses, 1 for my field sunglasses & 1 for my work mate to surprise him with, I want to get some Warthog skin Gaiters made but just for at work purposes (and also a pair for my work mate to surprise him, I'm a great guy to work with!).

    There WAS a plan to just go "everything croc" but I don't want to be a "wanna-be crocodile dundee" since I'm also Ozzie but don't have a "general passion" for crocodiles either... but croc hides are unrivaled in appearance in my books...
     

  4. Shootist43

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    How about some photos of your handiwork? For me, $250.00 belts and $600.00 soft gun cases are out of the picture. Now if I had your skills …..
     

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    I had gaiters and a rifle sling made from my Cape buffalo.
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    My wife and I are planning on bringing back skulls/horns and leather from our Safari.
    Wife wants a rifle and shotgun scabbard and I was thinking about a safari vest.

    There are a few members here who do professional leather work as well as taxidermy.
    I let one of them know about this thread as I'm sure he has much to contribute.
     
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  7. Kharn

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    I have no handy work currently and I won't be making them myself sorry if I mislead.
     

  8. Kharn

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    I'm in talks with a local ozzie that works with exotic leathers and is a hunter himself so together we'll make my dreams happen (legally).

    The first item is the zebra & giraffe glasses straps the second is a watch strap and cover military style made from Iguana.

    I'll be sure to post everything on here as I receive them.
     
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    On another website there is a photo of a sofa made from Elephant. It looks fantastic, (1) it's out of my budget and (2) my wife would have me sleeping on it (3) while the divorce papers were pending.
     

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    Anyone have a recommendation on a boot maker in TX?

    Im thinking a custom set of cowboy boots made from buff leather might be something I'd be interested in..

    I've googled several and found a few in the DFW area and a few more in San Antonio that seem to have good reviews.. but a personal recommendation would be better if someone knows a guy that does good boots..
     

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    Little’s Boots in San Antonio, I don’t know if Lucchese is still making custom anymore since they left San Antonio.
     

  12. Kharn

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    I'm trying to get custom (edit: hunting) boots made locally (australia) from various exotic leathers (all legal).

    I'd love to have a pair of (edit: hunting) boots that has something from each of the 7 DGs but due to my location most are simply illegal to import/posses, I think of the 7 I can only legally have Hippo, Buff & Croc which kinda doesn't make me as enthusiastic about getting it done anymore.
     

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    The bench you sit on to put on shoes before leaving the house would be a perfect recipient of an animal hide covering.

    Also, You might check with people that do custom leather work for motorcycles, the skills transfer to game hides leather work.
     

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    the elephant hide chair is nice,so is the elephant hide vest.also to many holster,etc trophy pictures 036.jpg 001 (10).JPG .
     
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    Very nice! I'd rather that vest than the tusks personally! Given me something to think about for future hunting adventures.
     
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  16. Kharn

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    Now we're talking! (Or rather seein')! That vest looks awesome & comfy!
     
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    I have some backskins that I would like to have made into soft pistol cases in the USA. Any help on finding someone that I would not need to take out a mortgage on my home to do them. They are tanned and flexible already.
     

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    Boones Girl Leather here in Salmon Id has done some excellent work with back skins for me. And very reasonable price.
     

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    Can you give me some contact info/phone number/website. Thanks
     

  20. gizmo

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    I make those and if using your hide then the cost wont be much at all. Give me a shout if you'd like me to quote you some cases.
     
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