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Re: [BKARTS] leather sources



Actually it has never been entirely clear to me what the difference is between
vegetable tanned and chrome tanned leather and, more specifically, why one
chooses one over the other. Can anyone explain the advantages and disadvantages
of each tanning process as it effects covering books?
Thanks,
rj
--- chela <chela@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear RJ,
>
> One consideration that might give you more choices, is that if you
> are not using the leather to cover hardcover books and planning to do
> traditional finishing on it, you may not need vegetable tanned
> leather.  Chrome tanned comes in many colors, and is more stable over
> time than many vegetable tanned skins. It usually cheaper too. I have
> been very happy with chrome tanned for many types of limp bindings.
>
> chela
>
> "Date:    Sat, 6 Mar 2004 05:24:13 -0800
> From:    rj <h9022@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Leather Source
>
> I have been looking for a source of thick leather (around 2.5 mm thick) to
> use
> for a wrap-around soft cover for a long-stitch book. I neither need nor can
> afford to buy the entire skin. I did find a place in Texas that sells
> reasonable (to me) sizes but for vegetable tanned leather they only have
> natural colored skins and I would prefer some choice of color.
>
> Thanks for any help in locating a source.
>
> rj"
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