Step 12: Final step - staining

The final step is staining the quiver.  I used some boot polish dissolved in acetone (hardware store) to create a stain.  I could have used commercial leather stain but the saddlery tore did not have nay in stock and it was quite expensive.  

I applied the stain using a cloth and only stained the smooth side of the leather as this side does not soak up as much stain as the rough side.  I also did not stain the fold over at the top (mouth) of the quiver to add contrast.  I thick the stain improves the look quite a bit.

I have now used the quiver for field archery and while for the first half hour it was a bit awkward reaching back for the arrows and then putting them back in successively each time, it did not take long to become accustomed and now I can do this every time with no mistakes.

There will be a further addition to this quiver as I plan to put a two small pouches on the main strap at the front to hold spare strings etc.

I hope you enjoyed this instructable, and I hope to do more in the future.
if you would like some info on hardening leather i would be willing to share what knowledge i have, i too am a novice leatherworker, but have learnt through trial and error some useful techniques. well done.
Thanks QSDR. I have done some water hardening of leather for arm bracers and guards for archery. It has been reasonably successful, and is quite good for molding leather to suit your body shape.
That's awesome I am picking up supplies today to make it
Thank you, this has been very helpful. I am making a quiver based on this design as a Christmas gift ;)
I like that, its really cool how you made it out of cow hide!
Very creative!
Looks awesome brother!

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