Purchasing leather is where all of your knowledge comes together in one important decision: tanning method, thickness, flexibility, and durability.
How Leather Is Sold
Leather may be sold by measured area (square foot or square meter) or by the section of the hide from which it was cut. When shopping online, you may find that a lot of nicknames, brand names, obscure categories, and synonyms are used, which can make finding the right leather difficult. Becoming familiar with common leather terms will help you find what you’re looking for.
If you can, go to a local leather store so you can inspect the quality of the hide in person and speak to someone knowledgeable about leather, hides, and projects. Each hide is unique in its shape and markings; try to find a piece that works for your templates. Remember: the most expensive leather is the piece you buy and can’t use.
Other Search Terms for Leather
Oak leaf leather
Hermann Oak (brand name)
Horween (brand name)
If you come across a term you haven’t seen before, check the Glossary for additional terminology not covered here.
Leather By the Hide
common Hide Cuts
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