Thanks for visiting our leather tutorial. Hopefully, the information you find here will help you make some decisions about which type of leather is best and right for your product or project. The leather types we regularly use are listed here in alphabetical order. However, we can and are glad to order from the tanneries any type of leather that you think will be right for your needs.
All leathers, except rawhide, go through a tanning process. The main tanning processes available are chrome tanned, vegetable tanned and alum tanned. Chrome tanned leather is tanned using soluble chromium salts, primarily chromium sulfate. Vegetable tanned leather is tanned using vegetable materials derived from tree bark and various other plants. Alum tanned leather is tanned with a colorless aluminum salt and is primarily used as lace leather. There are also many slight variations of the main tannages described above.
Chrome tanned and alum tanned leathers are generally dyed during the tanning process and are available in a huge variety of colors. Vegetable tanned leather is usually left the natural flesh color to be stained or dyed after carving, tooling, stamping or embossing is complete.