Python Skins – Different Finishes

Posted by on Jun 15, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Watch this video featuring some nice up close images of high quality python skin. Production grade luxury python skins can be anywhere from 10 – 20ft long, depending on the source. These skins are professionally tanned to bring out the best quality possible in each scale. Natural python skins are totally unique – each snake has its own variation of scales and pattern.  Python leather is thin, pliable, and durable.  It’s also immediately noticeable – making it a luxury for production applications like garments,...

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Equipment used in an Exotic Leather Tannery

Posted by on Jun 11, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here’s an overview of some of the equipment used when tanning and finishing Exotic Leathers: Drums and Processing Vessels – The kinds of processing vessels used will usually depend on how modern the facility is. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be made with fiberglass, woods, and other materials. They can also be driven by gears or belts and are built to last for a lot of use. Great care is taken to make professional equipment easy to use as well as resistant to the chemicals used during tanning processes. Good drums...

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Details for Grade A Ostrich Skins

Posted by on Jun 11, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ostrich skin is an exotic leather requiring more process to tan for production than cowhide leather.  Some of the reasons are due to the texture of the skin, but also due to the delicate tanning and finishing processes. A well tanned ostrich skin hide will feature these qualities: 1)      No holes, scratches, or inconsistencies throughout the material – Since most ostriches are farm raised, so natural scarring is less of an issue in the tanning process and the finished skin.  Look for any holes where quills should be – a...

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The Importance of Drying Technique in Exotic Skin Tanning

Posted by on Jun 11, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The drying process of exotic skin is absolutely crucial to producing high quality, grade A skins.  As with most aspects of tanneries, the drying areas of an exotic leather tannery require ample space. That said, there are three processes to drying a tanned exotic skin to perfection – the crust, the color, and the finish. The drying process can be laborious; it requires the stretching of the hides during the tanning process, forcing the hides to dry flat.  Not stretching a hide during tanning leaves it wavy or cause it to roll, creating...

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Exotic Leather Tanning Plants – Overview of a Professional Tannery

Posted by on Jun 11, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here are some basic engineering specifics of a professional exotic leather tannery: 1) Receiving Area – This are is where salt-cured skins are placed and stored. Ideally indoors, this area should have plenty of room and good organization is needed to count, inspect, measuring, and recording tag numbers for the skins. This area should have good ventilation and access for large equipment like forklifts for mass production of hides. 2) Inspecting Area – This area is dedicated to the inspection of salt-cured skins. Often salt-cured skins...

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Importing Exotic Leather – Modern Market Condition

Posted by on Jun 11, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In recent times, most United States based leather tanning business has disappeared. This is an industry that has been scattered and moved to other countries where production is cheaper, it is easier and more efficient to run business, and the resources for tanning are more abundant. Starting an exotic leather tannery is a big undertaking – it requires a lot of experience in sales, engineering, a keen sense of organization as well as strong working relationships with farmers in order to maintain consistent supply of raw materials. ...

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Critical Departments for Exotic Leather Tanneries

Posted by on Jun 9, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

To work efficiently, it’s best for an exotic tannery to operate with several organized departments: 1) Wet department – This area is where skins can be put into batches for processing. They are weighed, clipped, and recorded before they are put through the tanning process. This area should have a lot of extra space for expansion. While a number of activities can go on in here, the best tanneries have separate wet areas for tanning and coloring. 2) Storage/Holding Areas – Plenty of room should be available to store skins during the...

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How Successful Exotic Leather Tanneries Operate

Posted by on Jun 9, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here are thoughts about how a successful exotic leather tannery operates: 1) They have a steady, consistent source of raw materials. A good tannery cannot reliably provide material to their customer base without the steady stream of raw resources. Typically the best tanneries will get materials provided by farmers. 2) Good planning – Materials are typically harvested by farms and from the wild a few times a year, but raw material can be stockpiled. To get the best pricing and the best raw materials, good planning should be...

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Staff in an Leather Tannery for Exotic Skins

Posted by on Jun 8, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A leather tannery for exotic skins typically, at minimum, feature these staff members who perform these duties: Owner – The owner of the tannery manages all upper-tier staff, pricing, marketing, compensation, contracts, and investor relationships. Plant Manager / Master Tanner – This expert leather engineer is a crucial component to the operations of a tanning facility.They oversee all aspects of the exotic skin tanning process and manages day to day operations of the plant.This person knows the tanning process in-and-out and a strong...

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Alligator and Ostrich Skin – Intricate Tanning Processes

Posted by on Jun 7, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here are some things you should know about the delicate, intricate steps in processing alligator and ostrich skin into fine leathers in an exotic leather tannery: 1) Batch sizes, process times, and quality measurements are different from cow leather – The smaller batches, the longer process times, and the more measurements demonstrate just how valuable the production of a full alligator hide is. This adds to its luxury appeal since it takes a true professional tanner to produce a hide of exceptional quality. 2) Skins are graded by the...

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