If you're like most people, when you hear the words "vegetable tanned leather", a specific picture pops into your mind (unless you're like the confused/disappointed people who call me every couple months who read "veg-tan leather" as "vegan leather"). Most people I talk to, even many who work with leather, think that veg-tan is that… Continue reading Vegetable Tanned Leather: Much more variety than you think.
Easy... From cows. The end.... Actually this is one of my most frequently asked questions...but the answer isn't always simple because it depends greatly on who's asking and why. Sometimes the question is from someone wants to get into leathercraft so they know where to buy. Sometimes they want… Continue reading Hey man! Where do you get your leather?
I must confess that every time I go into a department store or discount store like Ross or TJ Maxx, I take a look at the wallets, just to see what else is out there. Since I was born into this business, I've never carried a wallet that my dad or I didn't make… Continue reading Recognizing Quality Construction in Leather Goods
As I started to research this post I realized, that as far as the internet is concerned, "top grain leather" was a term without many and sometimes contradictory definitions. I looked through at least ten "leather glossaries" from reputable sites and found that many lists of "leather terms" define top grain as leather that… Continue reading Top Grain Leather: Full Grain’s under-rated and misunderstood little brother
My last post ventured into how most of the front page search results get the definiton of "Genuine Leather" mostly wrong by way of over-simplification. This post is going to take aim at the another part of the Full Grain/Top Grain/Genuine story that you'll see repeated over and over on the net. I'll hit top grain… Continue reading The full story on Full Grain Leather
Hi folks this post is about a personal gripe I have with what it the most often repeated "leather info" on the net. Namely, that leather comes in 3 grades: Full Grain, Top Grain, and Genuine. I'll get into top grain vs full grain and how it's also not as important as some people think in… Continue reading “Genuine Leather” has become a 4-letter word.
So those of us interested in leather craft and also those of us interested in buying long lasting "Buy it for life" quality leather products, already know that there are many ways to make pockets on a leather wallet, checkbook or ID case. This will be my attempt to break down most of those… Continue reading North Star’s Primer on Pockets