Enjoy the Benefits of Leather
The qualities of leather - created by Nature and preserved by the tanner - are superiour to those of any man-made or synthetic material.
Flexibility - Leather stretches to conform to individual contours, yet retains sufficient shape to provide support.
Durability - Leather resists tears, punctures, heat, cold, and other stresses so well that it is used in many safety applications where other materials fail.
Comfort - Leather "breathes", allowing air in and moisture out. A natural insulator, leather protects against extremes in temperature and humidity.
Beauty - Leather, by it's very nature, comes in a wide range of pleasing textures and surface patterns. It also takes well to a variety of finishing processes, designs, and color applications. A rich "feel" and a pleasing scent also heighten the appeal of leather.
Characteristics of Leather - Leather is a natural material made from the hides of animals. Just as no two animals are exactly alike, no two pieces of leather are identical. In addition to it's own genetic heritage, each hide bears the little nicks, scars,and brands that market the animal during it's lifetime. These natural characteristics are not defects and are considered marks of distinction in full grain leather,(which is what we use in this shop) adding to the unique appeal of the individual finished product.
Structure of the Hide - In converting hides to leather, all unessential parts of the original animal hide are removed leaving only the surface "grain" and middle "corium" layers. It is the remarkable structure of this corium - made up of millions of microscopic fibers, twisted and interwoven by Nature - that gives leather it's high tensile strength and other desirable qualities.
The Tanning Process - In the tanning process the hides are chemically cured to prevent deterioration. The chemicals used in this process also enhance the flexibility of leather and improve it's ability to withstand extremes in humidity and temperature. Tanning is followed by another process that restores the natural lubricants lost due to the tanning agents and other chemicals used during the conversion of raw hide into finished leather.
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