SCRAPS and SIDES of Natural Veg-Tanned Cowhide Leather


This is the natural veg-tanned cowhide that I use in my products. Everything from 5-6 oz and thinner is Hermann Oak Natural Strap and Tooling sides. Mostly, I use this leather to make binders, so I end up with relatively large scraps. The 9-10 oz is a belt leather I get from Spain that I use to make my hand-dyed belts. I can split these pieces down to any thickness you need, so take your pick!

Veg-tanned leather, also known as oak-tanned, is cured using tannic acids in tree bark giving it that "firm leather" feel. Compared to the more common methods producing "soft leather", this technique takes longer, costs more and uses safer substances in the process. It is also a much older technique to produce leather. The final product is stiffer, takes dyes and oils readily, and can be tooled and shaped when wetted, keeping that shape when it dries.

When I use this leather in my products, I dye it, then oil it with Neatsfoot Oil Compound, then I finish it with Fiebing's Resolene, an acrylic product. With this process, it comes out beautifully and highlights the natural character and flaws of the piece much like staining wood does.

-Great for crafts, wallets, jewelry, etc.
-Wet forms and stamps beautifully
-Dyes beautifully as well
-Superior quality leathers that I use in my own products
-Approximate size, shape and quality of each piece varies, as pictured

Square Footage for SCRAPS:
2-3 oz. Oak is approximately 5.29 sq. ft. per lb.
3-4 oz. Oak is approximately 4.27 sq. ft. per lb.
4-5 oz. Oak is approximately 3.26 sq. ft. per lb.
5-6 oz. Oak is approximately 2.71 sq. ft. per lb.
9-10 oz. Oak is approximately 1.36 sq. ft. per lb.

5-6 oz. LARGE Scraps:
These are sold as each piece and will be approximately 2-3 square feet each. Sizes and shapes will vary, but they will be one single large piece. If you need to cut something a specific dimension, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help you out.

About SIDES:
This is the Hermann Oak Natural Strap Sides that I use in my products. It is an excellent quality veg-tanned cowhide, produced here in the US from domestic hides. This is one of those situations where you get what you pay for. You can find cheaper hides, but they will not be the same quality.

-WHOLE Sides are approximately 25 square feet. They will measure approximately 90 inches long and 40 inches wide at the belly. Note that cowhides are irregularly shaped.

-HALF Sides are approximately 12 1/2 square feet. They will measure approximately 40 x 40 inches -or- 40 x 50 inches depending on which half you get.

-These hides are 5-6 oz in thickness. (2-2.4 mm)

-I can split pieces up to 16 inches wide to any thickness you need. If you're interested in having me split pieces down, contact me for details before ordering.

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    Frequently Asked Questions


    I can stamp your name, initials or whatever you like on most of my products.

    Monograms are 1/2 inch tall letters, all caps. Using my heat stamping machine, monograms stamp cleanly and beautifully. See an example in the color swatches photo on most listings in my shop.

    **Please note that all sales are final for monogrammed products.


    Properly cared for, my products will last a lifetime. We have seen leather items from the civil war come in the shop that are still in excellent condition because they were cared for properly!

    Over time, leather dries out and needs to have oil put back into it. I use Fiebing's Prime Neatsfoot Oil Compound on my veg-tanned leather products, and I highly recommend it. This is a heavy oil designed specifically for veg-tanned leathers. Apply it with a rag once a year or so. Whatever doesn't soak in, in a minute or so, wipe off. It is that easy.

    **Never use Mink Oil on my products because it will rot the nylon thread and is NOT covered in my lifetime guarantee against defects.


    Water will not damage my products. While the finish I use is water resistant, you may see some water spotting, especially on light colors. The lining I use is a waterproof rip-stop nylon which will keep out the rain so you need not worry about your electronics and other items getting wet when you get caught out in the rain. Because, lets face it, that happens to all of us!

    Water will cause leather to dry out more quickly, so if your bag gets wet frequently, you should put oil back into it more often. (see Leather Care above)


    My goal is to make the absolute best quality products possible; therefore, I guarantee everything I make for life against defects in materials and workmanship. With this in mind, I use only the finest quality leather, nylon thread, rip-stop nylon lining, solid brass and stainless steel hardware available. If something goes wrong and it is my fault, I will happily fix it for free!


    I use a variety of the finest quality leathers available, sourced both here in the US and around the world from some of the best tanneries in the business.

    The chrome-tanned cowhide I use is dyed and finished at the tannery for a clean consistent look with a semi-gloss finish.

    The veg-tanned calfskin I use is dyed and finished here in my shop, highlighting the natural character of these hides much like staining wood does. Trying to balance perfection against wastefulness, I minimize imperfections as much as possible, placing them in less noticeable locations on my products only when it is absolutely necessary.


    If you are not happy for any reason, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to make it right.

    I am happy to pay for return postage (within the USA) so that you may shop risk-free.

    Monogrammed items and custom or cut-to-order items (such as custom phone cases and belts) may be exchanged only, no refunds.

    The scrap leatherr arrived fast. I decided to make a gift for a great woman I know. It was thick enough for the project and easy to sew for me. Thank you for this item.

    Great transaction, accurate description. Highly recommended.

    Brian was awesome, he quickly resolved a small issue I had with my item. The shipping was super fast and the quality was great. Highly recommend.

    Just received it. Well packaged, can’t wait to get started.

    Thank you. Can use many of the pieces for my jewelry.

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