Making hand stitched Vellies leather shoes for the 1885 Era Black powder hunt

Discussion in 'Muzzleloaders & Black Powder' started by Gert Odendaal, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Ridgewalker

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    Amazing! They look pretty comfortable.
     

  2. Gert Odendaal

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    Members, I completed my set, still putting neatsfoot oil on it to make it soft and pliable, disadvantage is that it turns to a dark color, I do not know if this coloration will subsides in time and return to a lighter coloration..I will post photos on this forum...directly...:LOL::LOL::LOL:
     

  3. Gert Odendaal

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    Here are two photos..will upload more..this is what the neatfoot oil does , it makes it darker, I will finish the whole shoe using the neetfoot oil finish and the set I am making for HWL will be finished using the normal colorless finish that only water proof the leather and then it will be completed with a leather dye, a tan color dye..
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  4. Gert Odendaal

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    Here is another photo , showing a nice texture of the leather where the neatsfoot oil is filtering through the leather..I will add more oil tomorrow..notice the thick leather sole , it really is a comfortable pair of leather shoes..:A Big Hello::A Banana:
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    This pair of leather velskoene I am making for one of the forum members, HWL who will be participating in the 1885 Era Black Powder hunt. I made a few changes to this design. Here are a few photos of the progress I made, I will upload more photos as I make progress, but it is nearly finished..
    Soft leather inside of the toe part :
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    My hand stitching work seems to get better
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    Centering the sole and upper leather to ensure all the lines get lined up correctly
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    Sanded down with eighty grain sand paper..
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    Difference between the new leather and the completed shoe with three coats of leather conditioner .
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  6. Gert Odendaal

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    Here is the pair I made for HWL, I applied three layers each of the conditioning lotion as well as the Neatsfoot oil..I will wait until it soaks in before applying some more finishing...
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  8. Gert Odendaal

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    Thank you Garry, yes, it will be why I am making these vellies since it is the softest walking /hunting shoes you can get..in any bush veld scenario..(y)
     

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    Gert, these look very comfortable. How do they feel when walking over thorns, broken branches, rocks etc?
     

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    Shootist, I used vellies since 2015 and it really walks extremely soft , dampens any noises, it can take thorns , walk over any structure...
     

  11. Gert Odendaal

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    While completing my second pair of vellies I commenced with my leather water bottle for the Black Powder hunt as well...here are some photos:
    Designed the bottle:
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    Drawing the design onto the leather:
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    Cut it out using a carpet knife:
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    Inscribing the stitching lines:
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    Punching holes for the carry sling
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    Drawing furrows for the waxed thread to lay in level with the leather surface
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    Rounding the edges for better burnishing later
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    Wood glue-gluing the two leather panel together>
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    Stitching the panels together
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