- Jul 14, 2018
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I see, thank you. Honestly, I only thought about water spots at first when it come to tempering. Splitting before tanning just, seem impossible to small customer like me. A new lesson for me, buying a thin piece of shell or skiving it. In the end, this let shell become less desirable.The problem with that...esp. for your application...is that (1) even if you let the leather dry, the flexing of the wallet will cause the leather to 'plump' back up again. Close to, if not in fact, the original thickness. And (2) the leather becomes very hard when hammer jacked--that's one of the main reason it is done.
Thing about shell is that it is not skin. It is a membrane/sheath that lies under the skin. So it has no grain layer and it doesn't really respond all that well to skiving much less splitting simply because all the tensile strength of a hide is in that top layer. I suspect that includes splitting before tanning--there has to be a balance between strength and usability.
Could you say more specifically, which type of kangaroo should I use? I saw roo leather in a local shop leather few times. However, it just too soft, more like a lining leather.Better to make wallets out of kangaroo, any way you look at it..