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types-of-leather

Leather Glossary

apron-splits

Apron Splits
Soft, durable leather that has been split to expose the underneath layer. Without a natural grain, it is then suede and dyed a pearl gray. Chrome tanned.
Ideal for: Farrier aprons


bellies

Bellies
Feature softer, looser fibers than the top part of the hide. Vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: Linings, dog collars and knife sheathes


bridle

Bridle
Firm, rich-colored leather with enough oils to withstand weather. Great feeling leather can be oiled for darker hues. Vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: Tack items and fine pet products


english-bridle

English Bridle
We’ve developed strong, waxy, weather-resistant English bridle leather that’s the closest to bridle leather made in England we’ve found. The best U.S. native steer hides are slowly veg tanned. Not to be confused with English bridle leather that’s tanned and curried in England. Vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: English and western tack, belts, harness parts, stirrup leathers and pet products


chrome-oil-tanned

Chrome Oil Tanned
Beautiful, durable leather has just the right amount of oil for a soft, supple feel. Chrome oil tanned.
Ideal for: Work chaps, saddle bags and linings


chrome-tanned

Chrome Tanned
Beautiful quality leather is consistent in color and grade and offers a great yield. Chrome tanned.
Ideal for: Horse collars, liners, pouches and bags


deer

Deer
Very supple, beautiful quality leather. Chrome tanned.
Ideal for: Garments and personal leather goods


double-backs

Double Backs
A hard-to-find cut, double backs offer maximum yield with virtually no waste. Available in vegetable tanned natural strap or alum tanned lace leather.
Ideal for: Belts, cases, holsters, laces and linings


garment

Garment
Beautiful leather is soft and supple and available in consistent colors. Chrome tanned.
Ideal for: Garments, chaps and saddle seats


harness

Harness
Stuffed with heavy tallows for exceptional weight, thickness, ease of cutting and durability. Vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: Work or show harnesses and saddlery


kangaroo

Kangaroo
These skins are extra strong and durable with a soft, supple feel. Vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: Braided whips, lacing on saddles and tack or anywhere lacing is used


kipskin

Kipskin
Very clean piece of leather dyes and stamps beautifully. Vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: Small leather goods


lace

Lace
Firm, non-stretching leather to be used where strength is essential. Alum Tanned.
Ideal for: Laces, linings, braided reins and cinches


latigo

Latigo
Soft, supple leather great for use on products in which strength and flexibility are needed. Choose from chrome veg retanned, veg tanned and alum tanned.
Ideal for: Tack, saddlery and pet products


natural-strap

Natural Strap, Tooling & Moulding
Perfect leather for tooling, embossing, moulding, dyeing and oiling. Uniformly absorbs dyes and oils. Dries to a firm, long-lasting shape.
Ideal for: Belts, tack, briefcases, holsters and sheaths


nubuck

Nubuck
Buffed on the top grain with oil to produce “nap” for a matte, suede look. Chrome tanned.
Ideal for: Liners, chaps, saddle bags and nail pouches


patent

Patent
Heavily finished leather with a highly lustrous baked enamel appearance. Available in both chrome and vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: Show harnesses, bridle blinds and housings


rawhide

Rawhide
Strong, firm untanned cattle hide.
Ideal for: Saddle horn wraps and covered stirrups


saddle-skirting

Saddle Skirting
Moulds and forms to seat, readily accepts tooling or embossing and oils and dyes evenly for a nice, beautiful, uniform appearance. Vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: Saddles, tooled and embossed products


shearling

Shearlings
Beautiful quality sheepskin in a variety of thicknesses. Available in veg tanned and chrome tanned in beautiful colors.
Ideal for: Saddles and padding


shoulders

Shoulders
This cut effectively utilizes the head and neck area for minimal waste and optimum use. Great cut for belt manufacturers. Vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: Belts and craft items


sole-bends

Sole Bends
Taken from the best portion of the hide, this extra thick leather features a firm (hard) tannage designed especially for shoe soles. Vegetable tanned.
Ideal for: Shoe soles and weight lifting belts


suede

Suede
Finished by buffing the flesh side (opposite the grain side) to produce a “nap”. Chrome tanned.
Ideal for: Show or work chaps, saddle seating and moccasins


upholstery

Upholstery
Soft, supple leather is very strong and durable. Tanned in whole hides for little waste and for use in automotive and restoration upholstery where large pieces of leather are desirable.
Ideal for: Upholstery


veg-chrome-retanned

Veg Chrome Retanned
Firm, yet pliable piece of leather with a nice satin finish. Veg chrome retanned.
Ideal for: Suspenders, liners and pouches

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