I bought this leather made from a calf of a reindeer. Its 2,2-2,4 mm thick and quite large. The animal lived in the north of Sweden and the hide is tanned with shell from conifer trees at a local tannery.
I decided to make a toy elefant. I decided to cut it from the least valuable throat and legpieces. This is fun 🙂
What drives me to persue the learning of old crafts like tanning, leather craft, braiding, rawhide craft and hand-sewing?
The possibility of making my own clothes and useful items with complete control of all substances used in the hole chain from raw material n finished product. This is can emancipation from the dependency on the industrial production of clothes and accessories.
With rawhide, leather, fur and small amounts of fabric you can make virtually anything your body needs to survive in a temperate climate.
The only thing needed besides the above is KNOWLEDGE. That you can find in a wealth of books and brains around the planet but you have to dedicate time and energy to successfully acquire it.
This is an excellent book about tanning hides and pelts. It is available in English as well.
I made it from a description found online. I will add the link later.
It is extremely usefull to have when you need to work something with both hands.
På svenska heter detta en skomakarklämma, syklämma, m.fl.
I started braiding leather some weeks ago.
This is a four thong round braid with a Turk’s head knot in the end. It is made of two 1m laces.