FAQ's

The size of the piece is calculated in square feet. The tannery calculates the total area of each piece in square feet and stamps it on the flesh side. As the size of each hide will vary, the pricing is a rate per square foot multiplied by the number of square feet marked on the piece. We supply leather as it comes from the tannery and are not able to cut the leather.

Some of our products have a per hide price and others have a per sq.ft price, refer to the product description for pricing information.

See our FAQ's section for information on the different leather cuts.

Our leathers come from the tanneries in a range of cuts.

A leather hide consists of a network of interconnected fibres which vary in density throughout the hide.

The fibre structure is denser and narrower through the back area and the fibres become looser with larger spaces in-between toward the abdominal area to accommodate the animals breathing. The neck area also has a less stable structure. 

Full hide –A full hide is an uncut whole hide of a large animal. This includes the double butt, double shoulder, neck, and belly area of the animal. These hides are ideal for upholstery projects requiring large areas.

Side –A side is half a cow hide cut in two down the centre back. This section includes the butt, shoulder, neck, and belly area of the animal. This cut is ideal for projects requiring longer length straps.

Double shoulder –A double shoulder is the top section cut horizontally across the hide. This section includes both shoulders, the head, and some belly area of the animal. The shoulder area is a softer part of the hide. 

Belly –The belly is the uneven edge of the hide; it is a stretchy soft leather of varying thickness suitable for beginners and small craft projects.

Double butt –A double butt is a square section including both sides of the butt with the belly area trimmed. The butt is the thickest and strongest part of the hide where the fibres are denser and narrower making it the most premium part of the hide. Double butts are ideal for belting and produce minimal waste.

Skins –Leather made from smaller animals are referred to as skins. These are the whole uncut skin of the animal. 

Providing samples requires us to cut the product, so we first work with you to identify your specific requirements so that we may recommend the most suitable options for your purpose. We are happy to provide additional photographs, measurements, and details to assist you in selecting the leathers most suitable for your project before providing samples. 

Samples are sent by courier and will incur a $6.00 shipping fee.

If you require a swatch stack, we request that the customer pay the freight ($9.00) and make a $300 bond, which is fully refundable upon return of the item to us by the agreed due date. 

Leather is sold in square feet.

To calculate the area in sq.ft required for you project, measure the total length and width of all your pattern pieces in cm.

To calculate the area, multiply the values of length x width to get total area in square cm.

e.g. (L*W) = total cm2

Divide the total square cm by 929 to convert to square feet 

(total cm2 / 929) = total sq.ft

Multiply the total sq. ft by the number of units you want to produce to get your total leather requirement. 

Note: leather is a natural product some inconsistencies are to be expected as well as irregular shapes so it pays to plan for at least 20% additional areato make sure your pieces will fit.

Please note this calculation is to be used as a guide only. Customers are responsible for ensuring the correct quanities

We are a supplier and distributer of finished leather hides, we don't tan raw hides or manufacture leather goods.

All our leathers are full grain, corrected top grain, or suede splits. We do not stock bonded leather, PU coated splits, or vinyl.

We recommend seeking advice from a professional laser-engraver for information on which leathers are a safe and non-toxic option for laser.

We supply leathers leathers from all over the world including New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan, S. America, and USA.

Leather is a highly versatile, widely used material. Leather
is a by-product of the food industry that recycles over 270 million cow hides
each year turning a waste by-product into a valuable,
long-lasting, and sustainable product.

Our suppliers ensures that farms and slaughterhouses with which
they collaborate are subjected to strict controls and must comply with
legislation that regulates and defines rigid standards.

For further information about the standards to which our suppliers
and their partners comply or are certified with see the below link.

https://www.leatherworkinggroup.com/

We are a supplier of finished leather, we don’t process raw hides here.

All our leathers are full grain, corrected top grain, or suede splits. We do not stock bonded leather, PU coated splits, or vinyl.

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