Possibles Bag Workshop

March 24-27, 2013




Learn about period bags, leather tools, and working with leather.
Gain the knowledge to complete your own Possibles bag.


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What is a possibles bag?

A leather bag in which men carried their possibles. Items such as patches and balls for a gun, knives, pipes and tobacco and other essential items. What could not be carried in the bag was hung on the bags shoulder strap. Shooting needs were given first priority, kept where they could be found with ease and speed. Today they are still used by many for muzzleloading, hunting, survival kits, and more.

The Workshop

Participants will:
  • Learn to identify period bags and what they are made of as well as identify and use appropriate leather working tools.
  • Learn how to sew and stitch leather.
  • Plan and make patterns of period bags.
  • Complete a flint wallet. Small compartmented pouch that is usually carried inside of the hunting bag. The wallet contains places for a gun tools and extra flint.
  • Work together on a class project, or bring materials to complete handmade bag of their own.
  • Participation is limited to 6 for a better instructor to participants ratio.

    About the Instructor

    Jimmy Blanks retired from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in 2006 after serving 28 years as a Law Enforcement Officer. Since then he has devoted his time to building flintlock rifles, hunting pouches, and powder horns, as well as dabbling with a small farm on the Staunton River and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.


    Cost of Workshop
    $200
    Price includes instruction, material for flint wallet, food and lodging for the whole workshop.
    Materials for personal bag not included in the price. For more information about materials email Jimmy Blanks jablanks@hughes.net

    Please register by March 9, 2013

    Refund Policy

    Full: before March 8, 2013
    Half: after March 8, 2013
    Nonrefundable: after March 15, 2013


    Rustic but comfortable lodging. Please bring your own linens, pillow, and toiletries.
    A health form (no physical required), a list of items to bring, and other information will be sent as soon as registration and payment is recieved.


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