leather hides
Leather is NOT sold in single square feet.
It is sold in shoulders, sides, butts or hides (see Technical Information for explanation of terms)
The minimum quantity is one skin, please see Hide Size for approximate sizes.
Samples are available on request. If sending your request by e-mail, please include your address.
Suitability for a particular use is the responsibility of the user.  Cut skins are not returnable.

natural veg-tan

These leathers have no surface treatment and are suitable for carving or embossing or dying. They are also used for "wet-moulding". Because the final nature of the leather is under the control of the leatherworker, they have a wide variety of uses.
0.8/1.0 mm kips are popular for fine molding and wallet linings. 1¼/1½ kips are used to make purses and bookmarks  while falconers use it for hoods and jesses. Grade 3 kips will have marks and scarring.
Our Veg-Tan goat is flexible and strong. A very nice leather for wallets and leather goods.
The rio sides have some scaring or uneven colour which reduces the price. They are ideally suited for cutting smaller components or when a more "lived-in" look is required such as turn shoes, antiques or re-enactment. The thinner shoulders are used for bag and case making while the thicker grades are the perfect length for sturdy belts.
Our Valencia shoulders are tanned in Spain and are an ideal leather for a sturdy belt. A cowhide butt is considered the strongest part of a hide and at sizes around 4 ft by 4½ ft they offer very good cutting efficiency with little waste.

Order Code Type Substance mm

Hide Size ft²

Price / ft²
045
Kip sides - TR
0.8 - 1.0
8 to 10
£4.10
077
Kip Sides - grade 3 straw colour
1.4 - 1.6
8 to 10
£1.51
038G
Kip sides - TR
1.2 - 1.4
10 to 18
£3.60
070
Goat
1 - 1.1
5 to 7
£2.98
114
Softee goat
0.9 - 1.0
5 to 7
£3.06
116
Rio sides
1.2 - 1.6
20 to 30
£3.23
122
Rio sides
1.8 - 2
20 to 30
£3.38
117
Rio sides
2 - 2.4
20 to 30
£3.45
118
Rio sides
2.8 - 3.2
20 to 30
£4.26

111
Shoulders
1.8 - 2
12 to 16
£4.99
026
Shoulders
2 - 2½
12 to 16
£5.25
128
Rio Shoulders
2.8 - 3.2
11 to 14
unavailable
129
Rio Shoulders
3.2 - 3.6
11 to 14
£5.18
120
Shoulders - Valencia
3 - 3½
15 to 19
£6.87

121
Italian butts
3½ - 4
19 to 25
£6.89
131
Italian ½ butts (bends)
3½ - 4
19 to 25
£6.89

 

Dyed veg tan

Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
124
Dyed thru goat
black, brown
1 - 1.1
5 to 7
£3.95
106
Kip sides matt
black, brown
1.2 - 1.4
8 to 12
£3.45
112
Matt veg-tan dyed thru
1.8 - 2
9 to 11
£5.81
033
Matt waxy veg-tan dyed thru
12 to 16
£6.98

 

leather splits

These leathers are made by splitting a hide into two sheets. At first the lower sheet has a rough surface but after spraying with pigment this is rendered smooth again. The 2.6/2.8 mm "butt" split is a classic material in the belt trade. A butt is roughly 4½ft by 4½ft and is ideal for sturdy straps.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
064
Dyed-Thru full butts
2.6 - 2.8
18 to 23
£3.28
065
Dyed-Thru full butts
2.6 - 2.8
18 to 23
£3.32
125
Dyed-Thru full butts natural looking grain similar to a shoulder
black
2.8 - 3.2
18 to 23
£3.77

This leather has some pull-up and is intended to look worn in. It will accept scuffs and scratches to achieve an antique effect.

Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
126
Dyed-Thru full butts
2.6 - 2.8
18 to 23
£3.53

 

suede splits

These suedes are made by splitting a hide into two sheets. At first the lower sheet has a rough surface but after buffing a velvety nap is raised. It normally has a nap on both sides but the tanner pays more attention to one side and this is regarded as the "right side". It is a strong material with a wide variety of uses. The lighter weights are used for clothing soft bags and belts. The heavier grades are used for riding chaps and shoes. Being sueded on both sides makes it popular with westerners for tasseled goods.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
088
Suede split
1.4 - 1.6
12 to 19
£2.48

 

This pigskin is intended to be used on the leather side but is often clean enough to be used as a suede.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
087
topgrain leather
0.8 - 1.0
16 to 21
£1.47
113
suede both sides
0.8 - 1.0
9 to 12
£0.84

 

clothing suede

Pigskin suede comes in larger pieces than sheep nappa and has a wonderful drape. It is suitable for all fashion garments.
Order Code Type Colours Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
021
Pigskin suede
10 to 15
£2.10
102
Pigskin suede
14 to 19
£1.65

 

clothing nappa

This is a smooth clothing leather made from sheepskin. Nappa is highly regarded for its soft pliable touch, making it suitable for skirts and soft jackets. It is made in a range of colours which change constantly with fashion.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
072
Sheep nappa best  
8 to 12
£2.93

 

clothing cowhide

This is the strongest clothing leather. The size of the skins leads to greater cutting efficiency and the length enables a pair of trousers to be made without joins at the knee. 0.6/0.8 mm is suitable for fashion garments, 0.9/1.1 mm is used for heavier clothing such as a mans jacket, and 1.2/1.4 is a suitable weight for motorcycle leathers.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
081
Cow sides brazilian
0.6 - 0.8
19 to 25
£2.78
017
Cow sides brazillian
black
0.6 - 0.8
19 to 25
£2.78
018
Cow sides brazilian
black
0.9 - 1.1
19 to 25
£2.70
019
Cow sides brazilian
black, white
1.2 - 1.4
19 to 25
£2.93

 

metallic leather

This is made by a process which bonds metal foil to a pigskin base. It is a suitable weight for clothing but it is a luxury material not guaranteed to be dry cleanable and not machine washable.  It is stocked in the following colours Gold, Silver, Old Gold, Old Silver, Turquoise and Fuchsia.
Order Code Type Colours Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
024
Metallic foiled pigskin
12 to16
£2.46

 

patent leather

Order Code Type Colours Substance mm Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
062
Sides
1 - 1.5
15 to 25
£2.93
063
Clothing weight
0.6 - 0.8
9 to 13
£2.33

 

chamois

This well known leather is produced from split sheepskin and given an oil tannage resulting in the traditional beige colour and a drape second to none.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price
056
chamois
beige
0.8 - 1.0
6 to 7
£10.95

 

upholstery hides

The Italian hides are specially chosen from large hides to give good cutting. They are available to order in an extensive range of colours and finishes. Although Italian in origin, large stocks are held in this country and an individual order is normally available within a few days.
The length of the hides means they incur a carriage surcharge. Because of this, the hides will be sent folded unless you wish to pay the couriers surcharge to have the hide sent rolled.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft²   Price / ft²
014
Italian whole hides
1 - 1½
45 to 55
from
£2.21
104
whole hides
black, dk brown, lt brown
1 - 1½
40 to 50
 
£2.21

 

scandinavian hides

This leather is made by a top quality Scandinavian tannery. When they have an order, they always make more than is required and only sell the very best. We buy the overrun at a considerable discount hence the price offered below. The leather has some blemishes but the quality and texture are second to none. The colours shown are current stock but may not be repeatable.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
074
Sides (grade 2)
1.4
20 to 25
£2.52
074
Full Hides (grade 2)
1.4
40 to 50
£2.52

 

Cowsides

This is a very attractive and versatile material suitable for many products, including upholstery, clothing, bootmaking, handbags, luggage, and small leathergoods of all types. We hold stock of Laurel in 9 repeatable colours (black, white, dark brown, navy blue, burgundy, bottle green, red, tan & mid brown).
Nevada has an attractively “rugged” leather showing natural scars and brands. There is some pull-up in the tannage adding to the lived in appearance.
Savanna is a strong but lightweight cowside dyed to give an antique worn in appearance.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
048
Cow sides "Laurel"
1 - 1.2
20 to 25
£3.15
108
"Trail" waxy pull-up sides
dark brown
2 - 2.2
20 to 28
£3.38
127
Undyed chrome full hides
1.2
35 to 45
£1.75
131
"Nevada" cowsides
brown, chestnut
1.2 - 1.4
20 to 25
£3.45
132
"Savanna" cowsides
mottled mid brown
1 - 1.2
20 to 25
£3.45

 

saddlery

Traditionally made bridle leather stuffed with oils and heavily waxed. A "pair of butts" is made by cutting a long "wholebutt" in half to result in two pieces approx. 66" by 24" each. Although traditionally priced per pair, they are also sold singly a "half a pair".
Order Code Type Colours Substance mm Price
011
Bridle Butts (per pair)
black, dark havana, australian nut
3.5 - 4
£293.25
011
Bridle Butts (per ½ pair)
black, dark havana, australian nut
3.5 - 4
£155.25

 

goatskin

Sometimes called kid or morocco this is a leather famed for its strength and durability. It is popular with bookbinders and makers of small goods such as wallets. It's close grain means it can be cut very thin and still retain its strength. It is also occasionally used for chair seats.
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
124
Dyed thru goat
black, brown
1 - 1.1
5 to 7

kid lining leather
Ideal for shoe linings, wallets, book bindings. Anywhere that a strong, thin leather is required
Order Code Type Colours

Substance mm

Hide Size ft² Price / ft²
105
kid lining
cream, linen, caramel, hazel, choc, fuscia, red, purple, white, green, black, havanna, blue, butterscotch
0.7 - 0.9
4 to 7
£2.00

 

shoe soling
Perfect for making your own shoes
Order Code Type Colours Substance mm Hide Size Price / lb Price each
083
whole soling bends
natural
4 - 4½
10 to 14 lb
£5.35
 
089
enough to make a pair of shoes
natural
£5.00

 

rawhide
Order Code Type Colours Price each
086
strips 6" wide by approx 48" long
natural
unavailable

 

razor strop
Order Code Type Price each
119
razor strop bends
£128.50

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