Auld Lang Syne

I was running analyses on my laptop today. It’s better if I don’t do other work on my laptop while the analysis is running, because it takes even longer for the analysis to run.

For those interested, it’s a permutational analysis (an AMOVA) run on quite a few individuals and DNA loci. I run 10,000 permutations, so it puts a strain on my little laptop.

But while the analysis is running, I get quite a lot done. Today I decided to tackle some clutter that had accumulated over the holiday. I had been throwing books and mail on the ottoman by my front door for some time. I kept putting off the task of cleaning it off.

Ottoman

Still not completely cleaned off, but much better than it was!

Today was the day, since I figured I should be productive while I couldn’t use my computer. This project included putting things inside the ottoman too, and while organizing I found my dad’s old, leather, drum stick bag.

Back in the day my dad was the lead singer and played drums in his cover band: Reno. When he died, I inherited the bag he kept his drum sticks in. 

Dad drums

Dad whaling away!

I’m not a hoarder, but I am a practical gal. Sometimes I’ll see something that I know I want to do a project with, but I might not be exactly sure what. This drum stick bag was like that. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it, but I wanted to do something with it.

When I happened upon it today, I immediately knew what it was for. The only thing I had to do to it was remove the zipper, so it didn’t scratch my arrows. Voila!

Dads drum stick bag

A new quiver for my arrows!

I’m so glad I finally figured out the purpose of this bag. Now it has a new life, and my dad’s memory lives on!

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**Update – 01/08/2015**

I did need to make a few modifications to make the bag usable as a quiver. First, I closed up the side that zipped with rivets.

Rivets

I also darkened the text with a Sharpie, following Dad’s handwriting on the bag. (Not really necessary for a quiver, in general, but necessary for this one.)

Text

Finally, I readjusted the strap on the back so that it would hang well from my belt. (No picture for this.)

I haven’t field tested it yet, but I think it is going to work well!

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  1. That is so cool and what a great way to memorialize your dad. Happy New Year!