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Pierpont Leather - Official Affiliate Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by PierpontLeather, May 25, 2016.

  1. PierpontLeather

    PierpontLeather Well-Known Member

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    Happy (Good) Friday!

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    Good to be back. Here's some photos of @aleksandr 's finished weekender in smooth calfskin!
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    Looking good Parker. Now on to my gator wafer simple cardholder ;)
     
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    PierpontLeather Well-Known Member

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    Already on it!
     
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    Why are center-cut alligator wallets and bags so expensive? What is center-cut alligator/crocodile?

    This is why. This is center cut.

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    It's somewhat of a game to make sure that the tiles of the skin are proportional to the item being made. Here you see @walds11 's card holder being made, where it's a perfect fit. We used the entire belly on this piece. Center cut means that we're cutting north and south, straight down the center of the belly.

    [This being said, cross cuts (east to west) aren't bad or incorrect. In fact, on designs that fold or bend, they are much easier to craft, as a skin will naturally bend very evenly when cut across the grain. It is an alternative that nearly 100% of other makers choose over center-cutting their skins. Additionally, you can get 3 or 4 or 6 wallets out of a skin if you are savvy with your cuts. You can use a lot more skin with those cuts.]

    When cutting down the middle, on items like our small cardholder or a bifold, alligator and crocodile do not want to bend evenly. They will bend along the membrane between the tiles as it's the path of least resistance. A lot of work goes into preparing a skin to look natural when doing center cut pieces. Namely, skiving the skin very thinly, and applying a backing to it to give it stability, strength, and a more uniform feel.

    Here's an example:

    Bending across the grain:
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    Trying to bend a Center-cut piece naturally: doesn't quite feel nice in the hand when left unmodified
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    OMG Parker, stop teasing me! Looking good so far my friend.
     
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    @walds11 's new American Alligator Wafer Cardholder

    Front
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    Interior
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    _DSF3116.JPG Backside
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    @skenney 's Alligator cardholder:

    Front:
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    Back:
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    Interior
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    Will get them cleaned up and headed your way, guys!
     
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    It looks amazing Parker! I can't wait to receive it! Thanks for bearing with me on the gator color selection process.

    skenney's looks awesome as well.
     
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    Thank you for bearing with the process as well - it was a pleasure to work with you.

    (@skenney great to work with you as well.)

    Hope that you both enjoy these nice handsome pieces!
     
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    Thanks for letting me know that you had a spare skin in stock!

    Can't wait for it to arrive!
     
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    My pleasure @skenney - always nice when things work out like that! (I want to put a thumbs-up emoji here, and I miss it.)
     
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    Subscribed! Love your work, obviously!
     
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    Thanks Shawn - good to have you around!
     
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    A few small cardholders are available for those who are interested. All are in matching interior/exterior Mysore.
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    Full Valet Tray in Deep Blue Tumbled Calf, and Barenia.

    "Take home with you when you travel" tray.

    Depiction of home is created by inlay.

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    How would you describe Barenia, and how it compares/ contrasts to Buttero?
     
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    They're similar in that they are both finished without a sealant, so they both feel very natural, and will patina nicely. Both are resistant to water damage, but Buttero will be more sensitive to water if it's exposed for a longer period of time (as it's a full vegetable tanned leather.)

    Buttero will patina much faster, and is very very stiff at first. This is fantastic for structured bags and small leather goods. Also, it feels amazingly smooth to the hand and the grain is nearly invisible. If you wanted to make something that would take forever to break in, and show a lot of patina over time, Buttero is the way to go. It's pretty bulletproof. I like working with buttero a lot because it's magic at thinner weights. It doesn't stretch or deform much, which is really nice for wallets and some pieces of bags.

    Barenia has a softer feel, and character. It's overall a much more 'refined' leather, in that it feels like it's been designed to feel nice in your hands. Barenia is good for small goods, and bags. It's becoming increasingly difficult for me to source very very clean skins, though, and it often takes an unusually large amount of leather to find an area big and clean enough to cut a main piece out of. Also, it varies widely in color from skin to skin which can further frustrate bag makers and makers of large pieces. Barenia is combination tanned (mineral/vegetable re-tan), so it's a bit more resistant to water, and tends to patina more uniformly.


    Maybe an overkill answer - but there you have it.
     

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