A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

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A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby Elleth » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:10 pm

And finally, my last recent piece to show off: I finally finished my belt pouch not long ago.
It's perhaps on the "rustic" side and overbuilt, but I'm quite happy with it. The construction is basically "sporran style" with a buckled top flap. That flap then forms a channel for the belt on the back:

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If there was one change I'd make, it'd be to make the sides of the flap on the back of the pouch to angle *in* away from the pouch sides rather that *out* following the lines of the pouch body. It looks nice as is, but made turning the sewn pouch back right-side-out a royal pain. On the other hand, now that it's done it's *really* secure. The relatively narrow channel along the entire width of the pouch results in a "pinching" effect that keeps the pouch in position on the belt even once I take it off. I can slide it along the belt easily enough, but it doesn't move unless I want it to.

The top flap has the same leaf-arc border I requested Odigan put on my knife. My hack carving isn't so refined as his, but it matches close enough I think. I used one of my buckles as a closure, as I figured for a woods-tromping pouch it was more important to keep everything securely in place than be able to get to it quickly. Which leads me to...

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You'll also see I added a couple d-rings using the same small buckles I used on my needwallet. These are for lanyards for can't-stand-to-lose things like a firesteel - or here, my coin purse. Items can be removed from the lanyards easily enough if I need more freedom of movement, but having lost important things in leaf litter before, I'm a little paranoid about dropping stuff never to be seen again.

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There's also a leather divider in there between the main body and the back wall of the pouch: my firesteel and tinderbox live nice and snug behind the divider, coin purse and anything else that finds its way inside goes into the front.
You'll also see I added a thin-ish goatskin lining in the top flap, and tucked a bit of spare tow tinder up in there. No harm in having extra on hand, and it's pretty much unnoticeable inside the top flap unless I need it.
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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby Ursus » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:20 pm

This is just awesome. The belt pouch is a piece of kit I’ve been chasing for ages and this is a real visual inspiration.

I think the rustic look fits perfectly. I imagine most rangers gear would be very “rustic” without being Hollywood bad, know what I mean?

All these wonderful projects you’ve been dropping lately have really given me a lot to think about. Great stuff!
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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby Elendur Amloth » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:23 pm

Great work! You're very talented and resourceful.
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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby Taurinor » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:09 pm

Very nice! I can see a lot of components that I recognize from historic pieces, but the way you've put them together gives it a very real feel while not pinning it to a single historic time period.

And I can absolutely believe that it fought you when you went to turn it!
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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby TaylorSteiner » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:11 am

Wow amazing.
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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby Iodo » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:51 am

Brilliant work Elleth :P
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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby Elleth » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:07 am

Thanks guys! :mrgreen:

Oh - another "lesson learned" - the front flap comes as you see to an acorn point. Trouble is, that point gets in the way of the buckle frame, so I can't actually buckle it all the way up. It's not worth remaking, but if you're planning on doing something similar, either round off that point or maybe use a longer buckle frame.

Getting the front face sized right(ish) took a lot of trial and error. I thought I had it sized right, but... oops. Evidently not. So reluctantly I cut it apart and made a new front piece. Much better! Also that's why there's not a perfect color match: we were having lots of cloudy/rainy weather at that point and I didn't want to another week or two for the hope of a bright hot clear day to really darken the front face. Traditional dyeing is a bit finicky, so sometimes we take what we can get. If my needwallet is any indication, they'll all age in to mostly match anyhow.

Ursus, I'm sure you're right about "rustic." :)

The stitching across the mouth by the way is just to keep the leather from stretching out over time.

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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby Harper » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:41 pm

Fine work!
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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby Udwin » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:00 pm

Incredible stuff you're putting out of late, Elleth. Really starting to come together cohesively!
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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby Greg » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:39 am

That must have been a royal pain to assemble. Nicely done!
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Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Postby JeffCee » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:36 am

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!!
This is so great! Im going to steal a couple features for the belt pouch Im working on.
You continue to be an inspiration!

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