Switching tracks, from wood to leather.

So as some of you may know, I have moved down to Utah for a year and a half for a mission trip. I had planned to put the business on hold until I got back, but man, I failed at that. One of my problems is that I love making things, however I couldn’t bring my shop with me, or really any more than a few basic tools. So I moved into a new medium that needs a lot less (and smaller) tools: 

Leather! 

 

And since have gotten into making game pouches using leather burning.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course I’ve had a go at other things as well, such as this belt pouch.

 

The other thing I’ve been doing a lot more of is web related stuff.

So check out NoveltyTradesUSA to see everything I’ve got down here!

 

Cheers,

Daynen 

 

Homeschooling Across Canada’s Victoria Day Contest

The Canadian Homeschool Minute is a “weekly E-Newsletter for anyone homeschooling or considering starting. Itโ€™s brief yet packed with a powerful dose of encouragement to keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and to the Lord.” form The Old Schoolhouse Magazine for the Canadian market, and they are having a contest for Victoria Day which I have donated some games for prizes. Their contest has three age groups: Up to and including age seven, eight to thirteen years, and fourteen to seventeen. Contestants either write an essay or draw a comic strip explaining why we celebrate Victoria Day in Canada.

So here are the games I donated to their Victoria Day Contest

Tune into CBC radio Monday morning!

I’m going to be interviewed live on the Ontario Morning show with Wei Chen!

Surprisingly, I’ll be talking about homeschooling. Specifically about homeschooling in Northumberland county.

Tune in to listen live to support me.

Or go to ; www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/Ontario-morning-from-CBC-radio

Click here for the updated link to the show.

Let me know what you think!!

Feel free to share!

Making The Improved Bushcraft Possibles Belt Pouch.

In this post I will be going over how I made this bushcraft possibles belt pouch.

For this belt pouch I used 100% reclaimed leather.

The first step, as with everything, is to make a pattern.

Next is to cut it out in leather and punch the holes.

 

Then I sewed on the belt loops and finished the edges.

 

 

 

Next I sewed the gusset together.

 

 

 

 

 

For all of the sewing on this I used a strong wool blend yarn.

 

 

Last thing to do was to carve the closure.

So that’s that, but before we go here’s a few nice pics of the finished pouch.

 

 

Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

Daynen

My Prototype Belt Pouch, And What I Keep In It.

Today we’ll have a look at my prototype belt pouch which I have worn every day for over a year and a half.

First off let’s take look at the loop closure.

You can see the quick stamping I did to give it a bit of character.

 

Next let’s have a look at the belt loop, which includes the large copper dangler ring I hammered out.

 

 

 

 

Here we have it empty.

 

 

And sizing.

 

Next let us take a look at what I keep in it.

Starting at the bottom and moving clockwise we have: 

A small notebook, a tinder pouch, a whistle, a power-bank, the cord for said power-bank, and a small tin.

 

Inside the tin I keep a bit of thread, a small knife, a folding comb, some fishing kit, and a bit of paper to keep everything form rattling around. 

 

 

 

 

Inside the tinder pouch I keep a small ferro rod and some jute twine.

 

 

And that wraps up what I keep in my belt pouch ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Cheers,

Daynen

Broken vehicle adventures are coming to an end!! I Hope.

A couple days after Boxing Day I went out to start my van and the weirdest thing happened.  I turned the key and it clicked and honked!  I tried it a few more times until it started acting Really strange.  Lights flashing and wipers going…. Even the wiper on the back window that hasn’t worked for over a year!

WHAT?!?

First stop was google.  No luck. 

Next I called the mechanic who fixed the leaky power steering and coolant fountain.  He said it sounded like maybe the cold snap had killed the battery and knocked out the security system computer. 

His suggestion was to try and get it to re-learn my key.  Apparently you get in and shut the door, then turn the key to start and let it fall back to accessory and just sit there for 8 to 10 minutes. 

Well all that accomplished was to Completely drain the battery!   

The next day I tried calling CAA.  It was right in the middle of the cold snap so it was almost an hour wait.  

And…

It didn’t help.

The guy got his battery booster all hooked up and we turned the key.

And it clicked and honked…. but would not start.

Sigh

Next day I went out and picked up a battery charger and hooked it up.  I left it on there for about 10 hours!  It charged! Yay!

But

I moved the van on to the lawn because someone actually came to buy Daynen’s spare trailer… and then we had another cold snap.

Poof! the battery is dead again…. Completely dead… The charger won’t even recognise it is attached to a battery at all.  Nothing!

After a couple weeks sharing the 2003 Cavalier mission car with B, my darling parents took pity on me and helped me purchase a new vehicle.

Lucky for me the Toronto Mission just happened to have the Mission President’s SUV for sale!

I’ll tell yo

 

Making the mini belt pouch.

So I forgot to take any pictures of cutting it out or punching the holes, but there’s not much to see with that anyways.

My first step was to sew the belt loop on.

I started out with a bit of waxed thread, but I decided that it looked a bit thin for the hole size, so I went with a wool blend yarn.

Of course, not being one to take the easy path,  I decided to embroider a tree on the front.

(I swear, this thing took me week embroider)

With that over, my next step was to sew the wool on to the flap.

Next was to sew the front and back together.

 

And finally, I flipped it right-side out.

And there we go, a mini belt pouch.

At 3 1/4″ x 2″ when closed, you can’t put a lot of stuff in it, but I wanted to try a bunch of things before making bigger belt pouches.

 

Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

Daynen

A leather checkers pouch!

Ok, so  for the second leather game pouch I went for a game everyone knows: Checkers!

For this one I chose black and frosted stones.

And of course, the best part is that it’s a little self contained pouch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers!
Daynen