Buff Leather

I have climbed the learning curve, and can now produce buff leather in my garage.  It’s thick, it’s soft, it has drape (or, it should, if it continues to dry as it has), and the grain looks exactly like the grain of historical examples, including variations within the theme (aka, I can explain why the King of Portugal’s harquebusier coat has a different visible texture than a buff coat from the Tower of London).

All I have to do now is set up a fleshing post (for which I have the materials handy), so that I can work raw hides, and you name it, deer, moose, cow, etcetera, will all be within reach.  Reindeer is spendy, but creates a particularly awesome lightweight and breathable suede…

so yours truly is going downtown to get a DBA on Tuesday, and is opening his very own part-time tannery.  I’m thinking “Happycrow’s fine leathers.”  But that’s awful pretentious-sounding, so we’ll see.

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  1. HappyCrow’s Leather Works?

  2. Chris - Wichita

     /  October 15, 2006

    So…. What is ‘buff’ as opposed to other leathers?

    I’ve heard the term – but it doesn’t carry an intrinsic meaning for me.

  3. Happycrow

     /  October 16, 2006

    It’s an oil tannage similar to brain-tanning. And it’s a lot of freaking work, so it was never industrialized teh way other leathers were.

  4. Happycrow’s Fussed Over, Mediocre Leathers? You Should Really Try Down The Streets Leathers? Does Woody Allen style self deprication work in marketing?

    HappyCrow’s Fine Leathers work be fine, or HappyCrow’s Custom Leather Works would work, or if you really want the interesting clientelle HappyCrow’s Kustom Leather Werks: Every Tuesday is Assless Tuesday (…ooooooh!).

  5. Happycrow

     /  October 16, 2006

    Blackpine, that has “I shudder” written all over it.
    Plus, the stuff with the grain on it is too stiff for that. Though I guess the grained stuff would be soft enough to make comfy manacles. ::shudder;:

  6. Chris - Wichita

     /  October 17, 2006

    HappyCrow’s Custom Leather – Putting the Dom In Domination since 2006. Every order over $500 includes choice of free riding crop or ball gag.

  7. blackpine

     /  October 17, 2006

    Every order over $1000 includes a manadtory genital cuff of our preference.

    HappyCrow’s Custom Leather. Where Taking It, Is Liking It.


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