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[BKARTS] Low cost Leathers???



Low cost Leathers???? - 

Someone's already said that when it comes to leather, "there's no free
lunch". How true. But if the only thing you want is a protective covering
material - most any leather will do. However if you want to produce a
long-lasting armor that is also capable of accepting tooling, gold, or other
decoration - then you will need quality bookbinding leathers. At Bookbinders
Workshop (BBWS) we would encourage bookbinders to know how various leathers
perform (see list below of items currently in stock at BBWS). We work with
tanneries in several countries in order to offer a complete line of both
economical and premium leathers. See our contact information at
BookbindersWorkshop.com or call 801-548-1824 for assistance (Monday -
Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 MST). We'll be glad to help. 
The following are currently available at Bookbinders Workshop: 

Hair-On Sheep: A cross-breed of sheep and goat giving the look and feel of
sheep with added strength of goat. Item # 190-D was developed for BBWS with
just the right undertone of color to achieve a pleasing,
historically-correct early 19th Century binding. Average Size: 6-8 square
feet. Thickness: 1.1 - 1.3 mm 

BBWS Conservation Goat and Yearling Calf: Newly developed in 2007 by Franz
Hoffman Fine Leathers, Stuttgart, Germany this very special archival
yearling calf leather has been age tested, certified and documented by
Bibliog. Tools well in blind or gold. This unique yearling calfskin is
available only at BBWS. Average Size: (Goat: 6-8 square feet), (Yearling
Calf: 18-20 square feet). Thickness: 0.9 - 1.4 mm 

Hand-Grained Morocco (Goat): A sumac-tanned hand-grained goatskin of
extremely high quality. Available in a wide variety of historic colors.
Takes gold and blind tooling exceptionally well. The red (Item # 265) is
fabulous for making historic or period-style spine labels, which are toned
down with light brown spirit dye. These leathers are also an excellent
choice for full-leather binding. Average Size: 5-7 square feet. Thickness:
1.2 - 1.4 mm 

KarawanenR Goat: A natural-grain leather available in a wide variety of
historic colors, including a line of beautiful pastels. This leather is
magnificent when needing to match or achieve an historic-style 'Morocco'
grain. Little paring needed. Takes gold and blind tooling exceptionally
well. Average Size: 5.5 to 7.0 square feet. Thickness: 0.8 - 1.0 mm 

Alum-Tawed Pigskin, Goat and Calf: An archival grade and very strong
covering material derived from a medieval recipe. Tools exceptionally well
in blind and gold. Available in historic ivory or near white. Average Size
(Pig: 13-18 square feet), (Goat: 4-6 square feet), (Calf: 7-10 square feet).
Thickness: 0.8 to 1.2 mm 

Antique Rind Cowhide: From a yearling calf, which imparts a more distinct
grain, Rind is an excellent choice for earlier (pre-18th Century) books
originally bound in traditional calfskin and is not as susceptible to scuffs
and scaring. Fully vegetable-tanned and aniline dyed. Tools beautifully in
blind and gold. Available in antique brown and natural. Average Size: 8-10
square feet. Thickness: 0.9 - 1.1 mm 

Calfskin: Fully vegetable tanned and aniline dyed. Tools beautifully in
blind and gold. Available in several colors from natural to dark brown,
black and historic green. Average Size: 7-9 square feet. Thickness: 0.7 -
1.0mm 

Restoration Goat: A smooth, non-archival, vegetable tanned goatskin. Very
strong and well suited for re-backs or quarter-leather bindings. Also an
excellent choice for restoration work or as a substitute for sheepskin.
Tools beautifully in blind and gold. Average Size: 4-6 square feet.
Thickness: 0.8 - 1.0 mm 

Sokoto Goat: Fully vegetable tanned and aniline dyed. Tools beautifully in
blind and gold. These natural grain goatskins are from the Sokoto region of
Africa. Certified archival tanning against decay. Documentation certificate
available upon request. Average Size: 3-5 square feet. Thickness: 0.9 - 1.1
mm 

English Calf: Traditional British Tan calfskin (but also available in
black). Vegetable tanned and suitable for most general bookbinding needs as
well as restoration work. Tools well in blind or gold. Accepts dyeing and is
an excellent choice for making sprinkled calf bindings. Nice subtle grain
and slightly thicker than our other calfskins. Pares easily. Average Size:
8-10 square feet. Thickness: 1.2 - 1.4 mm 

Regards, 
Tim Yancey 
Bookbinders Workshop

801-548-1824


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