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Connor's Quiver Tute by BlackRabbitArtisan Connor's Quiver Tute by BlackRabbitArtisan
A few people have asked about how I built Connor's quiver, so I've put together this little tute thing. I hope it helps?

The leather I used I think is cow hide. I don't know weights because I just purchase what I need from a guy, and go by look/feel. It does need to be reasonably weighted to hold its own shape, but not so thick that you can't do anything with it! There are a lot of video and online tutes on building leather back quivers that will include this information. Also, I did use the leather on the wrong side because I preferred the texture and colour.

Connor's quiver slightly tapers, according to the reference pictures and screen caps of the trailer. You could just make a cylindrical tube if you wanted to make things a bit easier, but I like detail, and it wasn't too difficult to get the shape right. Once you've cut to shape clamp it so you can mark out the holes to punch. This will be how you thread it together! Image 2 shows you what it looks like after you thread it up. I used leather lace, which you do have to be careful with because it can break if you have too much tension ;)

To make the bottom I used a lighter weight leather for some reason. I'm sure I had a reason for doing so at the time. I think I was originally going to have it fold up around the edges but it was too difficult so scrapped that idea! Trace around the leather and cut to shape to fit the bottom of the quiver. This has to be done once you have laced the quiver together. Measure out and mark up where to punch the holes, also marking on the bottom edge of the quiver. Lace it up! The lacing is all held in by knots inside the quiver. My arms are too short so I tied the knot one handed and got Matthew to tighten it for me. I'm sure there's probably a simpler way, but it worked. Punch holes along the top edge for the decorative lacing and lace away(pic 4).

Now for the details! Using a softer, lighter weight leather cut out two strips and stitch along the edge. Benefit of a lighter weight leather is that you can use a regular sewing machine with a leather needle. I used the suede side, and because I needed the leather slightly darker than that of the quiver I simply rubbed Dubbin over the surface. Worked a treat! Pic 5 shows before and after Dubbin. Pic 6 shows the bands on the quiver, held on with tension. I used hemp cord to tie them together. To make sure I made the middle strip symmetrical I made a paper template first ;) Paint with red acrylic paint, lightly sand and add stitching detail (pic 6). It's not a perfect replica, but it's close enough. Used a combo of hand-sewing and machine stitch, and tbh was probably the most difficult of the entire thing! I'm terrible at sewing straight ^^; These are tied on a similar fashion to the other two strips, only at the back. The fringing I did last, though in hindsight should have been done right at the beginning to accurately portray the reference pictures. I experimented with a few different methods and resorted to just cutting the fringing out of kangaroo skin (very soft leather) and gluing it to the back.

Attach the feather to hemp cord and tie around the bottom of the quiver and voila!

Matthew made the arrows out of dowel and feathers. We fletched our own feathers and there's a lot of youtube vids that show you how to fletch. We used floristry foam at the base of the quiver to hold the arrows in place. Unfortunately gravity exists in real life and the feathers would move/fall out, unlike in the game ;)

I hope that helps a bit! It actually wasn't too difficult to build, and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, particularly because it's the first large leather piece I've built! Feel free to ask any questions :)
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BlastFlame Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
beautiful quiver **
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Thank you! ^^
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lalunaranchwear Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love when true artists share their knowledge. I have seen so called 'tutorials' on utube and pintrest and more, where the person who made whatever it was, just shows slides of their products! And more than half of the time, are things you can figure yourself out!! Thanks for truly sharing your art :) Blessigns
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Thanks! No problem! Paying it forward; I've learnt how to make stuff from other artists sharing their work so it only seems right to do the same. Thank you for taking the time to say so :) 
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littleriversong Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful. Very Native American-esque.<3 I'm wanting to start making things out of leather, yet I really don't have any idea where to start... but this inspires me even more to continue researching!
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Thank you! :) The protagonist from Assassin's Creed 3 is half Native American, so he's decked out in traditional attire, for the most part. There's actually quite a few tutes and videos online for constructing leather quivers. And it's not too difficult, overall. Best of luck!!
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littleriversong Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, I've really been wanting to get that game but just haven't been able to yet. And thanks for the tips! Hopefully I will be able to make something similar soon. :)
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AzraelFallen18 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Where can u get the leather used for the quiver???
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I bought mine from a belt-maker who has a warehouse not far from me. You can buy it through Tandy leather though.
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asthompson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous work! Thank you so much for writing up this tutorial. It is incredibly helpful! I will use and credit :D
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thanks so much! No problem :) be sure to share what you make :D
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Misikat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for sharing this tute, i am currently trying this out and making one of these :)

I have to say wow yours looks amazing :)
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thank you, and no problem! Happy to share my process :) be sure to share you end result, interested to see how it turns out :)
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yulittle Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
OMFG, went to tandy leather factory today and LEATHER IS SO EXPENSIVE!!!!!!
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Yeah it is :/ We were quite fortunate to get our leather cheaply from an independent guy. I think the most we spent on a piece was $80, and that was for the leggings. And we had loads left over. It might be worth shopping around if you can, and you're tight on money. On the upside, it'll look awesome when it's finished!
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yulittle Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
yeah... I'm just drooling over your amazing quiver. Must make templates so that I won't waste leather when I do make it. Hope I can find some that are cheaper... oh yeah, random information connor's hood is being a pain to me xP
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Lol :blush: Templates are definitely a good idea, and help picture how it will look and where you need to make adjustments. Tbh I only made a template for the part shown in the picture, but I did a lot of sketches to plan out how I was going to make it, and did lots of measuring ;) And urgh, totally agree! Hood is not cooperative. Need to fix that for next time. Game art lies! I have yet to see a hood move in real life, the way it does in the game... Good luck! Hope you find cheap leather too! Be sure to share what you make :D
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yulittle Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
depending on how my hood turns out. I might post the pattern for it. Let's just hope I don't accidentally throw it away because I used newspaper to make the template haha
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
That would be great! Haha yeah, don't throw it away, never know when you might need it ;)
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moviefan6896 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student General Artist
AMAZING JOB BTW!!!!!
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moviefan6896 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student General Artist
HOLY PAOSjfPOAF! You've inspired me to sometime make one! Youve made it seem so easy to make in this tutorial! But I never would have thought of where to start before! ahaha the hide must have cost a lot :S
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
lol thanks :hug: I'm so happy to hear that it's given you some confidence to go ahead and make your own. Be sure to share if you do go ahead and make one!

Actually we got our leather pretty cheaply. I think it was around AU$30ish (and that may have included some other smaller bits, I can't remember). We got a massive deer hide that I made the leggings out of too, and that was $80 (very nice quality and quite a big piece), so we've been quite fortunate with our leather purchases. The guy we buy through is cheaper than Tandy and super nice. He lets me go into his workshop and pick out what I want, as well as take any offcut scraps for free! Anyway, I'm glad it helped inspire you! Good luck!
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AssaixFedajini Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Wow, well done ;)
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BlackRabbitArtisan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thanks!
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