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Storing Leather

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by NC Biker, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. NC Biker

    NC Biker

    682
    Apr 8, 2014
    I got a new side in from Wickett and Craig today and I'm accumulating quite a stock of leather. I don't have a lot of room and have just been rolling my hides up and storing them horizontally on a shelf. I was wondering how you guys store your hides. Also, on a full side, any tips on how to cut them for the best use. I usually make a long straight cut somewhere near the middle of the side so I can get belts and straps and then cut pieces up from the belly. Any suggestions on getting the most from a hide?
     
  2. ANovinc

    ANovinc Gold Member Gold Member

    327
    Sep 21, 2016
    My rarely used dining room. Before that, it was on the bed in my guest room. I plan to eventually convert my sun room to my workshop room (so I can have everything in one place) and will build some sort of shelving. But for now, this will do. Very interested to see how others are storing theirs.
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  3. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    We have large black plastic shop shelving from the Depot for storage. Ya can kinda see it behind us here. One shelf for chrome tans and oiltans and another for veg tan.

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    Top and bottom shelf is handle material storage. Its right next to the cutting table so its pretty convenient. I like to keep the leather rolled too, flesh side out. Seems to protect it from dust and life etc.

    I like to cut a straight edge along the top of the spine. If I'm cutting belts or straps that is the best place. Sheaths, holsters etc I fit in below that. I do try to keep several belt straps free on top of the side just in case for orders that might come in and then I'll use it as I'm getting close to the end of that side. I use the belly for welts but am pretty selective there as to what I'll use. There's always some I'll throw away.
     
  4. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    How the pros do it. Nichole wandering down the Wicket and Craig aisle at The Hide House in Napa Ca.

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    Latigo anyone?

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    Double shoulders:

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    A whole wall of pre cut lacing:

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    Rummaging through the discount aisle:

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  5. ANovinc

    ANovinc Gold Member Gold Member

    327
    Sep 21, 2016
    I wish I had a leather supply store like that nearby! Wowza!!
     
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  6. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Me too! Its about 6 hours from us. Only been there twice.
     
  7. NC Biker

    NC Biker

    682
    Apr 8, 2014
    Thanks for posting the pics Dave and ANovinc. I'm not sure I'd like to have a Hide House near me as I spend too much on leather as it is. I would like to have the space to store hides flat like that tho. I guess everyone is storing there leather rolled and laying on a shelf or table. Don't know for sure, as there were 176 views and only 2 responses. I saw on another site where a maker was using cardboard Sonotube cut to different lengths to store rolled hides vertically. I might have to try something like that as I have some closet space available.
     

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