Perfect for Wallets, Journals, Sheaths, Holsters, Belts etc.
Full sides, 19-22 square feet on avg. approx 8' long x 3' wide (at the widest part
These skins are from ranches across the U.S. and tanned in the U.S.A.
Bison leather is known for its softness, strength, and durability. These rugged hides are a fine choice for making chaps, work aprons, jackets, moccasins and also popular for creating western décor items.
vegetable tanning process results in leather with a distinct appearance and unmatched durability. One of the best features of vegetable-tanned leather is that it develops a patina over time with prolonged use and exposure to the environment. Due to the gentle processes involving several weeks of treatment, the vegetable-tanned leather has a much longer life than chrome-tanned leather. It is breathable and products such as shoes made with it get more comfortable the longer you use them.
The process of vegetable tanning uses organic material and natural tannins derived from the barks, leaves and branches of trees and plants. This results in colors that are rich and deep in natural earthy tones such as browns, beiges, yellows and reds. The fibers of the animal hide used for the leather are visible in the finished product, lending an authenticity and personality to the leather that makes it more unique.
Vegetable-tanned leather also has a distinctively sweet, woody fragrance that is normally associated with leather. Each piece made with this leather has unique shades and nuances, which are a mark of genuineness. The lack of consistency in color and tone is not a defect. Instead, it’s a characteristic of natural tanning processes.
These are undyed, and can be finished in any number of ways.. some suggestions below.
--Obenhauf's heavy duty LP Used straight onto the leather alone or even a coat of neatsfoot or mink oil before OLP (is oil just to soften the leather?). I know the OLP does darken the leather a bit as I have used it on a project, not sure about the water repelling ability.
--Fiebing's leather balm/atom wax Wax based finish that came up pretty often as a finish with my wanted properties, but doesn't waterproof. Is there a product to put on top of to aid in waterproofing?
--Fiebing's Acrylic Resolene I have no familiarity with this product, but read that it is an acrylic finish that mostly seals your leather and can leave an almost plastic look/feel. It waterproofs well, but doesn't give the natural look I'm more inclined towards.
--Fiebing's Aussie leather conditioner, Aussie, Aussie wax (B.K. Smith Australian leather wax) I got very confused when researching and read Aussie as a product. I assume they are talking about the Fiebings or (as I searched Aussie leather wax and found) B.K. Smith.
--Sno-Seal Not familiar with this product, but it had 70/30 mixed reviews in favor of it.
--The Walking Company Bees Wax Beeswax sealer, like the name implies. I inherited a small container of this and used it on my Sahara Tan Sperry Topsiders. It darkened the leather a bit at first, but then dried a little lighter. I haven't tested it's waterproofing abilities since I tend to avoid water in those shoes.}