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We purchase weekly from our leather suppliers to fulfil your online leather orders. 

We carry a small range of hides in-store. 

Our Australian customers are responsible for any customs requirements when purchasing leather and skins.

Vegetable-Tanned 

Produced using natural ingredients for the most environmentally responsible tanning process. Results in better wear and patina over time. Excellent for carving, tools and embossing.

Chrome-Tanned 

Uses chromium sulfate to create soft, subtle leather. Vibrant colours. Mostly used for upholstery, garments and footwear. 

Eco-Tanned 

Environmentally sustainable tanning agents. Usually lighter in colour so also great for dyeing light colours.


Analine

Highest quality. Dyes & finishes that contain no pigment, penetrates all way through. Transparent finish. Used on best quality full grain and top grain leather. 

Pull-Up

Treated with oils and waxes, when pull or stretched the finish is lighter in those areas creating a vintage, worn look.

Pebble Grain

Treated full grain leather with a surface texture that resembles small pebbles.


Semi-Analine

Treated with aniline dye first then a matching pigment layer is used  to even the colour out and give protection.

Drum Dyed

A leather colouring process that dunks leather into a dye and its tumbled in a drum. This allows maximum dye coverage.

Rawhide

Hair has been removed, dried and not tanned. Very tough and stiff unless soaked in water. Used for drum skins, lamps and braiding.


Embossed

The surface of the leather has been stamped with a pattern to create an overall embossed look such as animal skin. 

Nubuck

Suede made from top grain that is sanded and buffed. More durable and thicker than suede with a finer grain.

Distressed/Antique

Dyed with a dark colour over a light colour to create highlights. Artificial ageing with additions of natural markings on the hide.


Leather Thickness Use Examples

1-3oz
Linings, Shoes, Boots, Pouches,
Purses, Gussets, Garments,
Bookbinding

4-7oz
Purses, Shoes, Boots, Pouches,
Aprons, Chaps, Knife Sheaths,
Bags, Wallets

8-9oz
Belts, Saddlebags, Bridles,
Halters, Dog Collars, Straps,
Scabbards, Holsters, Sheaths

10-13oz
Heavy Belts & Straps, Gun Belts,
Stirrups, Cattle Halters, Leads,
Heavy Horse Halters

14-15oz
Harnesses, Stirrup Straps,
Saddle Skirtying, Gunbelts,
Soles & Heels, Machine Belts 

16oz
Safety & Work Harnesses,
Saddle Skirting, Soles &
Heels


Full grain leather

Full grain leather is the top layer of the hide just below the hair and includes all the grain with it. It retains the toughness, natural charactistics and imperfections of the animal. It is the highest quality leather, hense the most expensive. The leather absorbs oils and patina over time. 

It is the highest quality leather and the most expensive. Working with this leather material is challenging but rewarding. It absorbs body oils and develops a patina over time, which is is sought after.

Example of uses: Motorcycle saddle bags, suitcases, bags, sheaths, holsters, belts, boots etc

Top Grain Leather

Top grain is the second highest grade of leather. It is made when the top layer of skin from blemished hides is split and the surface is sanded to correct imperfections. This results in a more uniformed finish. 

This also makes top grain leather smoother and more flexible than the full grain. Top Grain leather is strong and durable, yet not as tough as full grain. It is used to produce suede and nubuck. 

Example of uses: Bags, cases, wallets. 

Corrected / Split / Geniune Grain Leather

Corrected grain is also called split leather or genuine leather. It is what is left when the top layers are split off to make full grain and top grain leather.  Split leather is tougher in texture and is sanded to correct imperfections. The surface is often embossed with a leather looking pattern. 

Example of uses: Furniture, footwear, handbags, purses, wallets. 

Bonded Leather


Bonded leather is made up from the leftovers of the hide. Scraps, shavings and dust are bonded together with polyurethane or latex on top of a fiber sheet. 

Example of uses: Furniture, bags, accessories, book binding, belts

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Glossary

ETA if not in store:  We expect to dispatch within the number of working days stated if we do not have stock available in-store. Subject to supplier availability. 

INDENT/ (*)-DAY LEAD TIME: Product is not usually held in stock. Ordered on your behalf from our supply partners. Subject to supplier availability, price check, pre-payment and lead-time.

BACKORDER: Product is a standard stock item but available stock may fluctuate daily. Order as required and proceed as normal through checkout. Your order will be dispatched when new stock arrives. If there will be a delay exceeding 7 working days we will contact you.

OUT OF STOCK: Item cannot be ordered at this time but please enquire or submit a stock notification request. 

WHILE STOCKS LAST:  Product is being discontinued and only available until stocks run out. May also be called "Discontinuing" or "Stocks Low" depending on the item.

OVERSIZED: Product is too large for standard courier delivery. Pickup from our store or arrange your own freight-collect.

IN STORE ONLY: Product is an in-store only item and not available for online sales.

ON LINE ONLY: Product is sold on-line only and not stocked in-store.

SALE ITEMS: May be discontinued without notice, even after purchase, as accurate stock counts might not apply. First in first served. Rain-checks do not apply. Sale items may include discontinued products, shop display items, cosmetic damage, shop soilied, temporary supplier price decrease or special promotion etc. 



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