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MMArmoury
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Real Name: David Hannon

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:36 am    Post subject: Leather for pouches? Reply with quote

I am having a hard time deciding on what kind of leather to make some hunting pouches out of. I am very familiar with veg tan, I use it constantly, and I like that I can dye it any color. I know that the book "Recreating the 18th century hunting pouch" recommends veg tan. But it is stiff, even in the lightest weights.

The other option is chrome tan, very soft. I have some "deer tan" cow hide, but it is light, I am only using it now for small belt pouches, it seems not strong enough to make a full size shoulder pouch out of. And dyeing chrome tan is tricky.

What do you guys recommend?
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GreyWolf
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The German tan from suppliers such as Crazy Crow and others is a good possibilty and it's a period tanning method unlike chrome tan. It is easy to dye and works up into a nice bag. Like braintan though it does not have smooth side.
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Flintlockjoe
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Leather for Pouches Reply with quote

Hi. You could use "Oil Tanned" leather. It has a smooth side and a rough side. I made my bag from a piece that I bought at the CLA Show in Lexington. The vendor that sold it to me also had a large selection of various leathers including veg tan. As this was my first attempt at making a pouch he was very helpful and told me that I would find working with the softer oil tan easier. It was very pliable and easy to work with and the bag turned out fine. I used waxed linen thread and forged iron center bar buckle. The job would not have been as enjoyable and would not have looked as good if it wasn't for T.C. Albert's book. I'm sure that the more experienced people on the forum can give you better advice but I hope that this helps out. Flintlockjoe.
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