Originally Posted by fritzl
i'm not a scientist, i'm a user.
That's the difference...
In the first place, the word "delicate" can mean a lot of things--including tensile (rip) strength, surface density, even the permanence of finish. And it can mean one thing to the maker and another to the user.
As a shoemaker, I think in terms of tensile strength first because it not only affects how the shoe is made but how long and well it will wear.
I think of the density...the durability of the grain surface second, but again only because it will affect the appearance given more or less time. It might be remarked that one of the more durable finishes is...wait for it...corrected grain. (even if the underlying leather is crap)
As for the finish, I only worry about it when I am working the leather--with some leathers even the base colour can be fragile and fugitive. This is something I will, and should, evaluate before I start cutting or making. [ I am not particularly enamored of finishes that are applied after the fact. Unless done very well they look phoney to me and have no real logic as to how they are applied or what they are purportedly representing.]
The user seldom sees or considers any of this and as a result his/her understanding is not only incomplete it is superficial.
All that said, I'm not a scientist either...I'm just interested at a level that some cannot muster and prefer to rely on logic and experience than half-baked opinions.Edited by DWFII - 10/25/11 at 12:21pm