While perusing various online establishments, looking for cool leather work to attempt, I have come upon a couple of nice belt pouches. What I've realized is that I just might be able to design and build my own pouch (or sporran, possibles bag, man-purse, whatever you want to call it) for the field.
I also know some of you out there who have varied and interesting experiences in the field, and I want to know what you might find useful on a bag for the field.
So far, I know that I'd like a bag that I can fit a box of shotgun shells, a bumper (for teaching retrieving), a water bottle (or flask, but just for the size), a pair of gloves, a tiny first aid kit, and still have room for collecting stuff (perhaps mushrooms or other food). I also would like a separate pocket that I could line with a plastic or wax-paper baggy for the kind of dog treat my dog cares about (greasy).
It would definitely need a couple of D-rings, and maybe a dog leash latch. Last, it would have a game strap.
These are my ideas. Please let me know yours.
|I can make a decent pull-string pouch, but the one I'm designing will need to have a bigger mouth|
Updates around the house and garden
We've decided to finally end the pond. Instead, I've filled in the hole with leaves from the walnut tree, and we hope to build a hill with a couple of nice rocks, and perhaps a little trickling stream at the base (we have the pump and liner from the pond, after all).
There has been a wonderful uptick in the number and variety of birds visiting lately, including a bluebird and two extremely violent hummingbirds. These two went at it hammer and tongs (and yes, the hammer and tongs were precious, being so tiny). At one point, they almost ran into my son. One finally got hold of the others leg, wouldn't let go for quite a while, and then the two separated very quickly back to corners of the yard, like somebody had rung a tiny bell ending the round.
I have purchased a small smoker that fits into my barbecue, and hope this weekend to smoke three pheasants from a recent hunting trip (where my dog was amazing, unlike a recent snipe trip, where she was horrid. More on both very soon).
Pictures to come soon, too.