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ridjrunr
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:40 am    Post subject: leggings leather ? Reply with quote

If one does not have braintan leather and wants to make some leggings,what would the second choice be and what will the performance or functional difference be between brain tan and something else.?
Thank you for any help,ridjrunr
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GreyWolf
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

second choice - the German Tan from Crazy Crow - it is a period style fish oil tanned leather that looks and feels like braintan - a bit heaveir maybe but works good if you don't have braintan.
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ridjrunr
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am new to leatherwork, so is there a place I can get braintan as quick as I can get the stuff from crazy crow?And, how much could I expect to spend for enough leather for a pair of leggings? I am 6'5".I recently viewed the vol. 3&4 longhunter video w/ Baker and it looks like something I could create.
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Don Abbott
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once found some goat skin at Tandy that worked really well.

I dyed it with walnut (oh no!).

I would say it's half as thick as brain tan, but as tough, if not tougher.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My experience is that the brain tan is a bit lighter, but as it breaths it feels lighter and is more comfortable. I have made them from veg tanned hides from Spotted Pony, and they are great for busting brush..., but in warm weather you might as well be wearing latex..., they don't breath and stick to you. So if you don't need the brush busting qualities, and can't find brain tan..., I'd suggest blanket material. Wool does breath, I wear it all the time, and it does a good job turning the thorns, though leather does a great job vs. thorns.

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