A buddy forwarded an area “craig’s listing” itemizing to me lately – “a luxurious purse maker is retiring and is promoting all his leather-based” – I believed “oh, no, I’ve a lot leather-based already, I shouldn’t even go and be tempted–however I did go and was tempted BIG TIME. Loads of it was Italian calf, I couldn’t cease compressing and sliding the leather-based between two fingers and thumb as if I had been merging butter (I exploit Miyoko’s plant-based) into flour whereas making pie crust – it was fairly the sensuous expertise!
I’ve at all times used cow leather-based for shoemaking. At the least one-fourth of a cover is unusable since it’s stretched out due to the annual pregnancies that cows endure. Calf is superb – no stretch marks! I understand that these calves had been slaughtered to maintain the dairy business going. Only some females are saved to suckle their mothers so they may proceed to provide milk, then the calves develop into the following technology of milk-giving cows. The reject calf carcasses are then offered to butchers who lower them into “cutlets” and different merchandise. I’d by no means buy a brand new calf cover and add my tiny little bit of demand to the market – -but when a cloth exists I’m very sensible and see no purpose to not use it.
So I’ve stunning leather-based to selL, I’m posting it in my etsy store.
The leather-based remaining after you may have lower out your uppers can be utilized to make stunning small gadgets. I ship a pdf flyer out with every order with patterns for gadgets which you can make. For those who use the attractive scrap to make gadgets for items or to promote, you can also make far more (or save, if you’re making items) than the price of the leather-based. And also you’ll be a “zero waste” leatherworker!