Art Every Day – Day 9

Weekends are different than the work-week, in that I have a little time for longer-term projects.

Today’s art is related to my costuming hobby, but is also practical. I’ve found myself hanging out with the archers in the Society for Creative Anachronism. I just bought a bow. I’ve made an arm guard. And I have all the appropriate 14th century-ish clothing. (I even wore my wool cloak today during archery practice because it was so cold!)

One thing I really need is a quiver to hold my arrows. So I’m making one.

I went online and found some images of quivers that interested me. The one in particular I decided to emulate is the one discussed in this forum here.

It helped considerably that about two years ago I decided I was going to make some pieces of functional armor and have a half-hide of harness leather just sitting around. So I cut some leather and got started.

It began with building the tube.

Forming the tube.
Forming the tube.

After that, I decided to concentrate on making a strap for it, and wound up digging deep into my leather-working kit, spreading everything out onto our living room table. (One might wonder why I chose the living room to do this. I sure do.)

Various buckles and straps. Notice also the omnipresent mug full of my homebrew.
Various buckles and straps. Notice also the omnipresent mug full of my homebrew.

It took me a while to figure out how to attach the straps (and also how to close the tube). What I’ve done is just used latigo to close it up and stitched the D-rings and buckles right into the quiver.

The adjustment buckle at the bottom of the quiver.
The adjustment buckle at the bottom of the quiver.
The D-ring at the top of the quiver.
The D-ring at the top of the quiver.

I might later change to larger buckles and D-rings, but I’d need to buy the D-rings and the leather, so that might wait a while. The way I’ve build this, it’ll be quite easy to change later, so I’m not worried.

The last thing to do here is to put a bottom on the quiver (otherwise the arrows fall out!). I mostly didn’t do this earlier because I needed to cut the piece to fit into the bottom, and didn’t want to go to the garage to do it. So, yeah, that part’s not done. But I have a plan and lots of latigo.

Hopefully, this will be complete by the end of the coming week. Wish me luck!

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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