How We Make Leather
People have been making and using leather since the dawn of civilization. In earlier times, leather figured prominently in developing technologies and mechanics. Since the creation of synthetic materials, leather is most often found in the aesthetic realms of fashion and bookbinding. Leather’s prized durability is a result of tanning, or the use of tannins, to alter the protein structure of a skin, which prevents it from being susceptible to bacteria and decay.
Richard E. Meyer & Sons proudly operates a complete tannery, using a traditional vegetable tannage. Not only is it environmentally safe, it also yields a distinctively supple leather, perfect for bookbinding, tooling, and gilding. The entire process takes about one month from raw hide to final trimming and measuring.