Okay, I'm excited as I just got my new Tandy Leather Catalogue in the mail. I'm even more excited because I found out that the catalogue comes with a ten dollar gift certificate good at any Tandy Leather store (say the one in Syracuse). Anyway, I plan on going to Syracuse in a few weeks and stopping at the Tandy Leather store to get some leather, etc. for the Jedi Belt. I have a few questions first, before I go to get materials: 1.) How do I determine how much leather I need and what widths do you suggest for the leather (I know there are two widths, but what are they)? 2.) What kind of leather do I want? There are two distinct types in the catalogue, a lighter colored version called "natural cowhide strips" and a darker colored "latigo cowhide strips". 3.) The "spikes" that you used, are they called spikes? If that's the case, then I found the screwback versions (I figure they'll be easier to work with) 4.) The front buckle - What do you suggest getting for the front buckle on the belt? I would love to at least walk away with all the materials in one trip. And if you can't tell I'm really jazzed up about being in this group. Progress Report: My bowcaster is seriously under way. After a week of working on it, I have the stalk cut out, sanded down, and even sanded in a grip for my hands. I managed to get a cheap $7 scope in the sports dept. of Walmart (airgun style) for the bowcaster, and I've started putting together the shevling peices for that. I have made the front of my bowcaster out of bent and cut tin from a piece of gutter trim and wood balls from A.C. Moore. I may have the bowcaster done by next week. That would be sweet and if I do, I'll make sure I post some pics on the boards here.