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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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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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