Hard leather is made by taking cowhides to the tanner. Tanning hard leather costs 3 coins. Combined with thread and a needle, it can be used to make hardleather bodies at level 28 Crafting, granting 35 crafting experience.
With a hammer, members can use two hard leathers on an oak shield, alongside 15 bronze nails, to craft a hard leather shield. Doing so requires level 41 Crafting, and grants 70 experience.