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Old 05-01-2007, 10:08 AM
benjammin benjammin is offline
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I've got leather "wood" hard just by hitting it with a few layers of dye and hairdrying it quick. It's not usually a quality I am looking for in my finished work, but I can see a definite purpose in it for certain things.
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Old 07-21-2007, 08:16 AM
Bigblue17 Bigblue17 is offline
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I live just down the road from a John Roberts who is a "master" (my term) leather worker with a number of high profile commissions to his name.

He explained to me his method for hardening his signature Fire Buckets, Gargoussiers, and Cartridge Cases as seen in the movie "Master and Commander" w/ Russel Crow.

He employs the "cuir bouilli" process as described previously, but he bakes the finished piece in a standard electric oven at 120 degrees F. for approx 1-1 1/2 hrs (depending on thickness and design until the leather is bone-dry and VERY hard. I have seen his pitch-treated buckets at Fortress Louisbourg used to hold water and they are indeed rock-hard.... for ever. This is the process I used to harden the sheath in this thread:

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Old 11-20-2010, 06:40 PM
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good info guys thanks!


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Old 12-12-2011, 02:14 AM
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Thanks for sharing such informative post.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:44 PM
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Alchol dyes when drying harden the leather somewhat but for best results I use a food dehydrator which is right around 120 degrees and like 20$ from walmart plus no wife yelling at me for taking the oven up again

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Old 01-29-2013, 08:18 AM
DAHV DAHV is offline
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i use a product called snowseal put it on the warm leather after dying lasts and lasts. i do all my work boots and shoes as well as sheathes tomsons waterseal works also but will sofen leather if you use too much light coats work well
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:27 AM
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Wow your description is really detailed! Working leather is not easy at all...I will certainly try your method! Thank you..
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:30 AM
SYLeatherClean SYLeatherClean is offline
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Thanks for sharing this info with us chuck... information like this really comes in handy

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