Crafting a Split Pouch

The split pouch after antiquing and aging.The split pouch project has been added to the “How-to” pages. Again, the introduction page gives the background and considerations that went into the design of this particular split pouch. The style is simple and utilitarian.

The number of existing split pouches from the 18th-century is very limited, and this pouch is not an exact reproduction of a known artifact. However, it does display the basics of the accoutrement type and size with a specific emphasis on similar work attributed to the Odawa and Ojibwe in the Great Lakes region from about 1785 to 1800. As promised, the aging techniques used on the pouch are included, and from the responses I received with the last posting, future posts will deal with other methods of aging.

Be safe and may God bless you,

Dennis Neely

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2 Responses to Crafting a Split Pouch

  1. Jeffrey says:

    I am curious to know how you have found using the slit pouch to be…do you have any observations to share concerning how well it stays on the belt, and how accessible, and how secure, its contents are?

    • Dennis Neely: Traditional Woodsman says:

      Jeffrey, using the split pouch is a new experience for me, and I’m learning every time out. It stays put on my sash, when walking, sitting and working in the woods. The contents are secure, but not too accessible, or at least not as accessible as I would like.

      I took the dimensions off an original pouch, and they are consistent with other pouches I’ve found. I carry my flint and steel in one end and folded papers and a brass lead holder in the other end. I cannot get my hand in the pouch, but I am getting along. If I try to put too much in the pouch, it weighs down the sash and rolls it, which I understand from Native American re-enactors is common. I have not found any journal entries that address the actual contents of an 18th-century split pouch, so I am still experimenting. In general, I am pleased with the pouch.

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