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Re: [BKARTS] Kangaroo Skins

You're right about the roo hides, Peter.
I recently spent a lot of time very enjoyably sorting through a mountain of hides in Packers second's shop. I bought a pile too!
Sometimes the imperfections in the roo, such as the tic scars, can be quite artistic, and I often incorporate that lovely texturing into the pieces that I make.


We would suggest that you try to buy Kangaroo skins having seen them first, or at least from a reliable distributor in the US. It is not easy to obtain good 'roo skins because the skins are harvested from wild 'roos, not 'roos especially grown for the leather market. As a result, many skins are imperfect, with scratches from barbed wire fences, trees, bullet holes, etc. We always inspect skins very closely from the tanneries here before making a purchase. We will spend hours looking through dozens and dozens of skins, and perhaps only buy ten or so. Hollanders's sources for their skins here in Australia are good; the skins are reliable.

Peter Krantz
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