Vegetable Tanning: Not a “Lost” Art

Real Hide Tanning; a throwback post to show this fine art and craft upon which depend. Leather doesn’t just come off a cow. It must be carefully processed to become the beautiful, strong raw material we love so much.

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Many years ago, in Morocco, I was able to tour an ancient tannery and see some of the process of creating beautiful leather.  I use leather for many projects and although I do some brain tanning myself, I purchase all of my truly “tanned” leathers from others.

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One very important lesson about tanning I learned in Africa was that I never want to work in a African tannery when it’s 100 degrees in the shade.  The smell makes a feed lot in Texas almost seem habitable.

Well anyway, the huarache blog has done it again… forced me to steal his excellent article and link to his great research in Mexico.  The post gets a very close inside look into the tanning process; a somewhat secretive business in my experience.img_0237img_0646img_0160Great set-up for the beams.  Spacious, indoors with a…

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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4 Responses to Vegetable Tanning: Not a “Lost” Art

  1. Interesting article, it’s very important to know this natural process and its perks, especially if we use leather for clothes, tools or… Historical leather bottles! 😀

  2. Jake Levi says:

    Great article, I have done brain tanning, but never tried vegetable. Excellent photos, thanks for sharing.

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