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             Select the right leather every time

             Ask yourself the following questions before placing you next leather order.
             1.  What should my finished product    5.  Will the product be used indoors    8.  How much leather do I need to   All About leAther
                                                   or outdoors?
                 look like?
                                                                                     complete this project?
                 We recommend thinking about who    For products exposed to harsh    To ensure all your leather has the same
                 will use the product and how they will    conditions, we recommend a hot stuffed   weight and finish, be sure to order an
                 use it. This is always a great way to    leather like harness, latigo or English   adequate quantity of leather including
                 get some insight into how the product   bridle leather. If you’re moulding or   your waste factor. By planning ahead
                 should look and help you in choosing    stamping or using a dry leather like   and placing one larger order instead of
                 a compatible leather.             skirting, be sure to apply oils, dyes and   many smaller orders, you may be able to
             2.  What strength and stretch tolerances   dressings to help prevent drying out   take advantage of mix and match pricing
                                                   and cracking. For products not exposed
                                                                                     and reduce your costs in the long run.
                 should the leather have?
                 When strength is considered a major   to harsh conditions, we’ve found that   9.  Can I duplicate or improve the leather
                                                   regular strap, bridle and chrome tanned
                 factor, we recommend using full   leather usually work fine. For extra   and craftsmanship of the prototype?
                 thickness leathers like skirting and   protection and long life, we recommend   Always make sure your customer knows
                 harness as well as unsplit latigo and   using leather care and conditioning   what to expect and be honest about
                 bridle leathers. Unsplit leathers are   products on all items.      what you can and cannot do. If the job
                 stronger and do not stretch as much                                 requires tools you don’t have, figure out
                 as split leathers because all the fibers   6.  What price can I pay for my leather    if it’s feasible to buy them. We invite you
                 remain intact and are not weakened by   and still be profitable?    to send us a leather swatch to make sure
                 the splitting process. Please remember   Your selling price will largely determine   the leather you purchase is correct for
                 that leather is a natural material   what you can afford to spend on leather   your needs.
                 that’s not intended for use on products   and still make a profit. By using the
                 that carry a high liability or require a   right cut and grade of leather, you    10.  Is this going to be a one-time custom
                 certification of tensile strength.  give your customers the desired quality   job or an ongoing job?
                                                                                     This will have a great influence on the
             3.  Will I need to mould, case, tool,   and value and still have room for your   price and type of leather that you buy.
                                                   profit margin.
                 stamp, curve or carve this leather?
                                                                                     Your buying power is greater when
                 If these techniques are to be used, a dry   7.  What cut of leather is best suited    you’re producing an ongoing job or
                 leather such as skirting, strap or regular   for making the product?  a large quantity of products. When
                 bridle leather is your best choice. We   The total size of your product along with   you buy in larger quantities, your cost
                 do not recommend using regular bridle   the total number of individual pieces   per side goes down and any left over
                 leather for tooling however.      you are making will determine the cut   materials can be used for the next run
             4.    What finish should the leather have?  of leather you should use. For example,   of products for an ongoing job.
                                                   we recommend sides for products with
                 When moulding, stamping or tooling,   smaller straps including 12" x 12" patterns
                                                   and items that need extra length. Backs
                 you’ll usually put your own finish on   and bends are perfect for products that
                 the leather. If not, you should purchase   require the best cut of leather and the least
                 a leather that’s already been finished   amount of stretch.
                 by the tannery. The tannery can drum
                 dye or spray the leather in a controlled
                 environment for a professional,
                 consistent finish.
                           Fractional  Decimal                 Fractional  Decimal
              Ounces   Irons  Graphic   Inches   Inches   Millimeters   Ounces   Irons  Graphic   Inches   Inches   Millimeters
              1 oz.   0.75   1/64   0.016   0.41 mm  9 oz.   6.75   9/64   0.141   3.58 mm
                                                                                    Products in this catalog feature wholesale
                                                                                    pricing. Due to market demands, leather prices
              2 oz.   1.50    1/32   0.031   0.78 mm  10 oz.  7.50   5/32   0.156   3.96 mm  are subject to change without notice.

              3 oz.   2.25   3/64   0.047   1.19 mm  11 oz.  8.25   11/64   0.172   4.37 mm  The Leather Conversion Chart (left)
                                                                                    shows the thickness of various weights
              4 oz.   3.00   1/16   0.063   1.60 mm  12 oz.  9.00   3/16   0.188   4.78 mm  of leather.
                                                                                    Every ounce is equal to 1/64" in thickness.
                                                                                    Leather always has slight variations
              5 oz.   3.75   5/64   0.078   1.98 mm  13 oz.  9.75   13/64   0.203   5.17 mm  in thickness. As a result, leather hides
                                                                                    will seldom measure to the exact 1/64"
              6 oz.   4.50   3/32   0.094   2.39 mm  14 oz.  10.50   7/32   0.219   5.57 mm  throughout. Hides run through a splitting
                                                                                    machine have greater (but not perfect)
                                                                                    uniformity. Just remember, the heavier the
              7 oz.   5.25   7/64   0.109   2.78 mm  15 oz.  11.25   15/64   0.234   5.95 mm  ounces, the thicker the leather.

              8 oz.   6.00   1/8   0.125   3.18 mm  16 oz.  12.00   1/4   0.250   6.36 mm

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