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Re: leather skiving or alternative?



Leather softener won't do the trick, Instead of Gane, pending where you
live, consider visiting Leather or Tannery shops listed in the local yellow
pages where you can actually feel the leather and decide if that is what you
want.
I usually run the skin through the Scharffix, which is this little skiver,
attached to a table top which allows the leather to be split in small strips
at a time,
which thins out the piece over all and makes it more flexibel.
I skive the foldins with the machine.
If you can visit a local Leather shop, you can find different grades of
Cowhide with different types of flexibility.
regards,
cm/cb





 -----Original Message-----
From: John Tewell <JTewell@AOL.COM>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Date: Monday, September 27, 1999 1:46 PM
Subject: leather skiving or alternative?


>I bind quite a few soft cover leather Bibles. I spend too much time skiving
>the leather so that it will turn in easily and so that I can make the round
>corners look neat on the pleated turn ins. I use either Cowhide or pigskin
>from Gane most of the time. I have a skiving machine but I do chop up some
>leather from time to time.<g>
>Does anyone know of a way to make leather more pliable? One leather worker
>suggested a leather conditioner on the inside of the leather to soften it.
>Can anyone suggest something to save time? Thanks. JT
>
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