Vegetable Tanning Leather

July 15, 2016

Vegetable Tanning Leather

STAGE 1 – PREPARATION - takes around 10 days


  • Hides are weighed, opened up, inspected & then soaked in a water pit for 24 hrs
  • Placed in a de-hairing pit for a further 24 hrs - this softens and remaining hair
  • Hides are then placed in a solution of lime for 6 days - this opens up the fibres, dissolves proteins and swells the hides
  • Hair, scud and surplus flesh is removed
  • The hides, are sorted, graded, split and rounded (cut up into butts, shoulders and bellies) as necessary
  • Deliming: Lime is removed and enzymes added to cleanse grain




STAGE 2 – TANNAGE  - Can take 13 to 16 months


  • The pelts are soaked in the tanning liquors in a succession of ‘pits’, each containing a stronger liquor than the last.
  • Tanning liquors are made up of carefully selected blends of vegetable tanning materials (e.g oak bark).
  • The exact composition, strength, acidity and temperature of the liquors are carefully controlled.
  • Washed 
  • Depending on the leather type, hides may go through other processes such as drum dying & fatliqoring


STAGE 3 – SHEDDING - takes 4 to 6 weeks


  • The tanned pelts are passed through a mangle to remove excess water 
  • They are then stretched, set and dried
  • Once dried, the leather is ready to go through a number of machines including a roll press and shaver








  • The dressing and finishing of leather depends on the final finish of leather desired.
  • Various process can be carried out such as oiling, feeding, hand dying, buffing and spray finishing.



Sizing - Makers of English leather dog collars, lurcher/whippet/hound collars, leads and other leather accessories
All of our leather collars are made to order and tailored to each individual dog.

Your collar will be made specifically for your dog so we are able to design a collar for you if you need something a little different. Contact us on 01545 580970 or to discuss your requirements.