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Jacob Elmslie

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Hello again forgers. I am looking to make a blacksmith apron, since they are quite pricey. Through an estate sale from a hunter I cam across some deer skins and an elk hyde. I actually have another split elk hyde as well that is about the width of a apron, but the texture is more raggy and has some minor cosmetic issues). Both elk hydes are pretty thick, but the one with the skin intact is obviously stronger, its also very beautiful and large, (almost white in color) where as the other one is a coffee cream color) Though it would make a fine arpon (that will get dirty, scared etc...), it might make a fine something else too. 

What I am getting at here is for safety would a split (basically suede) hyde offer enough protection/ strength? (basically less piece protection) or do I really need to cut up that other hyde. or add a armor plate to the belly? does anyone use a canvas apron?

what kinds of protections do you guys use?

I have good hearing protection and face mask. gloves, I wear glasses so I may get another crappy pair just for forge work not to risk damaging my nice ones.  


Thank you all!

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Mike Westbrook

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The elk will work with one issue I also do primative reanactments and when you start to sweat it will stick to you and I imagine bunch up something feirce against your jeans I made my apron from oiled steer hide it's a little heavier and stiff but slides easily and hangs nicely you could try to take a weed burner to some scrap and see if it stiffens up some but I imagine it will almost fight you

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hmmm I hadnt thought about that, I think I will use the rougher suede cut, its not really nice enough for anything else but stuff like this. thanks for the input!
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The primary purpose of an apron is to keep your clothing overly dirty and to protect your cloths from small hot fines that will burn small holes in your cloths.

so, hair side out and flesh side in.
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I use a heavy suede. It's flexible and I don't really notice it. It hangs nice and hasn't gotten in the way.
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