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Thread: weight of leather to use for my targe?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Nova Scotia, Canada.

    weight of leather to use for my targe?

    im making a targe and wondered what oz weight of leather would be fine? is 3-4 oz ok or do I have to go to a 5oz? I dont plan on tooling.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Western WA
    From what Im told a little heavier leather would be better, but Ive see a few that had 3-4 oz stretched
    On it and they looked ok. Then too, it depends if they are for show or use. Show only, light leather wil work.
    For use 6-8 might be better. IMO
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Glasgow, Scotland / Palm Beach, Florida
    I have been lucky enough to examine a real one from Culloden with a chunk taken out of it so the layers are very obvious and the leather is remarkably light (maybe even less than 3mm) I will try to get a measurement the next time I am in the collection. It is very rigid though and quite brittle which suggests a degree of cuir bouille being practised (no this has nothing to do with wax) There is also not a raw hide layer on this example.
    I hope that helps a little.
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