Leather lessons is a section providing a very wide array of information about leather characteristics, tanning, and purchasing.
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The tanning process, or how to learn the tanning process, is a difficult task. You will come to understand how it is prepared in a step by step method.
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Leather is priced and measured in square feet but is sold by the hide. Hides are irregularly shaped (see below) which must be taken into consideration when translating fabric (COM) to leather (COL). There are normally 13.5 square feet in each yard of 54? wide fabric (54?x 36?). The factor used to translate to
By industry standards, one running yard of fabric = 18 sq. ft. of leather. Although there are actually 13.5 sq. ft. in a running yard of 54? wide goods, the additional 4.5 sq. ft. in the formula accounts for the waste factor since hides are shaped irregularly and have natural markings inherent in all genuine leather.
It is important to remember that leather is not a manmade material. It is a natural product, unlike fabric or vinyl. When using natural products you obviously encounter natural things. Hides may possess markings such as neck wrinkles, belly wrinkles, bites or scratches. These natural markings contribute to the beauty of pure aniline dyed leathers, and do NOT mean the hide is damaged.