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Thanks mate! The natural grain is very nice...I thought it was a print the first time I saw it since it's unusually prominent for goatskin.I see where you're coming from on this one, but in terms of integrity, I have no qualms here. The straps appear to be functionally unnecessary, as many bags of simpler design are made without straps. Stitching wouldn't have hurt though, seeing as both rivets or stitching wouldn't even be visible due to the way the ends of the straps...
You may find these pretty cool. This is a picture from a tannery, mentioning George Cleverley being the recipient of the skins.
Just finished this computer bag yesterday. Vegetable-tanned Sokoto Goatskin with a white lambskin lining. Saddle-stitched by hand.
Very cool. I really like that bag pattern. Looks very, very similar to Swaine Adeney Brigg offerings, but who knows how far back that design goes. Absolutely gorgeous colour combination. Would love to see it in alligator...
I'll let someone more experienced answer the first part of your question. While kangaroo does have incredibly high tensile strength, you have to keep in mind that it's also very thin, so the benefit may be to use a thicker leather with a slightly lower tensile strength . I use it for wallets and it's wonderful to work with as it's strong, thin, and doesn't stretch much.
posted some pages back would seem to indicate that it has poor tensile strength. Some shoe/bootmakers I've talked to have complained of it tearing while lasting, which would corroborate that post. Personally, as a leatherworker I find cordovan quite over-rated. I think it's a wonderful example of a combination of marketing and tradition coming together beautifully. It's terribly inconsistent in thickness both piece-to-piece as well as on each individual shell itself. I...
I believe this is due to the fact that they're wild animals, and as such, quite a portion of the hide can be scarred or be of less than ideal quality.Additionally, meat from these animals isn't exactly in high demand, nor are these animals farmed.Also, in my experience, elk or moose leather tends to be very soft and rather stretchy. Nice for mocs or very casual, soft boots, but not exactly something you'd want for anything more than casual footwear.
I'm not an expert on this aspect of leather, but I think that kind of heat is less of a problem than actual direct sunlight. If you're able to keep them in the shade, you'd have less to be worried about.
Just crossposted this one to the briefcase porn thread, but I like posting my work here for fellow enthusiasts! I just finished making this yesterday, and thought I'd post....the concept is based around stripping a double-gusseted briefcase down in form, but keeping the detail. No front, back, or side pockets like my other bags. I wanted the surfaces to be almost like a blank canvas, with the stitching and the detail in the leather to draw the eye. Black is actually one of...
I just finished making this yesterday, and thought I'd post....the concept is based around stripping a double-gusseted briefcase down in form, but keeping the detail. No front, back, or side pockets like my other bags. I wanted the surfaces to be almost like a blank canvas, with the stitching and the detail in the leather to draw the eye. Black is actually one of the toughest leather 'colours' to look high quality. Cheaper stuff tends to look coated or plasticy, or...
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