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by George P.
Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 17779

Bake leather soaked in water on a wooden board at 60 degrees and brush oil (I use olive) onto it, bake till it browns. Its the hardest leather I've yet got and I've tried quite a few methods. Its not brittle either.
by George P.
Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:52 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Harlech Medieval Society - Beeston Castle
Replies: 11
Views: 2759

Glorfindle wrote:The last but one pic looks like it might of hurt someones lil finger....


must have been mad cos the horse trod on him :lol:
by George P.
Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Medieval camp thingie
Replies: 4
Views: 1488

Koznik (koza means goat, it got called that because of the goats that had to carry the stone up, it was too steep for other animals, also I think this place was famous for its arrows), central/southern Serbia. It used to be enormous. (the pics taken furthest away would probably be well within the ci...
by George P.
Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Medieval camp thingie
Replies: 4
Views: 1488

Medieval camp thingie

First 'event' of the group I helped found. Most of the stuff is made from scratch by the members, with a few things bought. Quite a few details are wrong, but for the first time I think its great. Only half the group managed to come though.
http://www.stratilat.org/galerija/3/
:) enjoy
by George P.
Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: leather backpack
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

I am a leather worker but i've only done armour and pouches.

thanks anyway :)
by George P.
Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: leather backpack
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

what thickness veg tan should I use? 2,3,4 mm? I would like it to be relatively soft.

thanks
by George P.
Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: leather backpack
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

where would i get some of that? I'd rather not have to make it myself. :)

thanks
by George P.
Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: leather backpack
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

quite a few periods- I'll be making quite a few bags. its not the pattern that i need, just what leather would do the best job. the first one will be civilian, byzantine if it means anything to you. thanks :)
by George P.
Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: leather backpack
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

leather backpack

making one to use instead of my horrible modern bag. What kind of leather should I use. I usually use normal veg tan then dye it, but i dont want to have to dye it, and i dont want it bleeding on the stuff inside. What kind of leather should I use, where should I get it and how thick should it be? t...
by George P.
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuir boille (sp) Leather armour help wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 2215

Wax acts as a lubricant(blades would cut through the leather more easily), and it also adds weight to the armour...not to mention that it softens in the sun.
by George P.
Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuir boille (sp) Leather armour help wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 2215

You need to carve and emboss before you harden. That means boiling the leather is out of the question. Either tack to a last, or shape by hand, then bake on a piece of wood (a metal tray would burn it) in an oven at 50-60 degrees for a few hours (depending on how wet the leather is). Baste with hide...
by George P.
Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Club tournee
Replies: 50
Views: 7785

I presume leather armour would be allowed?
by George P.
Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Leather armour in the middle ages.
Replies: 30
Views: 4867

I've recently been looking for info on the use of and techniques for cuir bouilli and found the following list of references which may indicate use of hardened leather armour (or at least helmet decoration?). 1375 Barbour Bruce xii. 22 On his basnet hye he bar Ane hat off qwyrbolle. 1386 Chaucer Si...
by George P.
Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Leather armour in the middle ages.
Replies: 30
Views: 4867

Re: Leather armour in the middle ages.

With metal armour expensive, heavy and hot to wear I've been thinking about the possibilities that its leather cousin presents, not just for myself, but also for my friends who are interested in re-enactments but unable to afford the more specialist armour. The question is, what are peoples opinion...
by George P.
Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Towels?
Replies: 19
Views: 5620

slovenian :wink:
by George P.
Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Curing/Hardening leather?
Replies: 24
Views: 2333

My point exactly, which is why i said i had different results with different leathers. People using the same hardening methods can get different results.
by George P.
Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Curing/Hardening leather?
Replies: 24
Views: 2333

Soaking leather and air drying it will not give you very hard leather, that's how shoes are made. Misunderstanding, I meant air dry only until the leather can be shaped (not all floppy like it is when completely wet. And as to different animals, i purchased cow hide from all the suppliers. As to wa...
by George P.
Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Curing/Hardening leather?
Replies: 24
Views: 2333

All of the strands polymerise IF the leather is soaked properly, every bit must be equally wet. Thats why it should be left in water for at least 8 hours, then air dried (i think its called casing) enough for it to be shaped (which ever shaping method is used) then baked. Hide glue can also be used ...
by George P.
Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Curing/Hardening leather?
Replies: 24
Views: 2333

Very late addition to the topic, but hopefully this will be helpful. Boiling leather is bad-its brittle Waxing also bad-softens in heat, makes the leather heavier, and lubricates it so it wasn't done ever for leather armour. Has anyone tried baking? Soaking leather in room temperature water and baki...
by George P.
Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:04 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Knight
Replies: 7
Views: 2383

Beautiful :shock:

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