Leather shields are a great alternative for those wishing to use one-handed ranged weapons. Whilst they're not considered top tier, they are affordable and fill an equipment gap that currently exists for mid-level players.
Crafting the full shields offers the same amount of Crafting experience per equivalent hide used in all other methods. For example:
Crafting 1 x Black dragonhide chaps = 2 x Black dragon leather, Thread and a Needle. This grants 172 crafting experience.
Crafting 1 x Black dragonhide shield = 2 x Black dragon leather, 2 x Redwood log, 15 x Rune nails. This grants 172 crafting experience.
Fletching the base wooden shields grants the same amount of Fletching experience as fletching a full bow of the same level.
Fletching a Yew longbow (u) = 1 x Yew log. This grants 75 Fletching experience.
Stringing a Yew longbow = 1 x Yew longbow (u) and 1 x Bow string. This grants 75 Fletching experience.
Fletching a Yew shield = 2 x Yew logs. This grants 150 Fletching experience and offers no additional experience per hour over fletching bows.