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Any sources on historical craft?

PostPosted: 25 May 2016 13:40
by Erian
I'm not sure if this is the best forum for the question, but perhaps someone knows...

I am looking for good sources on historical craft and especially leather work. I have seen 'historically accurate' reproductions of scabbards being dyed with modern dye, which in my opinion is not historically accurate. I wish to learn how to do this better, but haven't found any (good) medieval sources so far. I did come across nice sources for American cavalry though.

I am going to visit some medieval festivals nearby this summer to ask around there, but written sources would also be very helpful. Is there anyone here who knows such sources? Or knows someone who makes historically accurate leather products?

Re: Any sources on historical craft?

PostPosted: 26 May 2016 23:51
by MattS
How about this Medieval & Renaissance Dye Recipes bibliography:

There seem to be a fair few books on Amazon: ... 1642204031

Ditto Google Books:

Re: Any sources on historical craft?

PostPosted: 29 May 2016 12:14
by Erian
That's indeed a lot of information! Thanks!
I think I'll try to mix a few dyes if I can get the ingredients and see how they work on wood, cloth, leather, whatever they were used for.

Biggest challenge now is perhaps tanning leather, but I fear I might need materials that are hard to get or expensive for that.
I will be going to a 'medieval' festival next weekend, so I will see if there are some craftsmen or reenactors there who can tell me more.

Re: Any sources on historical craft?

PostPosted: 31 May 2016 15:16
by MattS
Veg tanning is still used today and is pretty historically accurate:

You also have brain tanning, and again that would be historically accurate too.

Google also tells me you can use eggs or soap and oil too!

Re: Any sources on historical craft?

PostPosted: 05 Jun 2016 07:04
by Erian
When looking for sources on medieval cloth, I came across this website. ... othing.htm

It has links to other sources, including more on fabric, paints and also leather working including tooling. ... /plwt.html

I'll probably try to make a kite shield soon, but first a belt and tunic for this summer.