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Leather-Making Guides

At Leather Working Group, we champion shared learning and knowledge building across the leather industry. The resources below have been created by industry experts and are free for you to download and share.

These resources are for public consumption only and must not be sold for commercial gain. We ask that the copyright of each resource is respected.

Leather: An Introduction

Author: Richard P. Daniels


This introduction to leather describes the versatility of this unique material, its natural origins, how it is made, and why its properties are so comprehensive.

Created for people who have little knowledge of this product, the details provided are supported by industrial images and clear descriptive diagrams. It is suited for those involved in the manufacture of leather items, for students new to the sector, and for general interest.

It enables comparisons with plastics, laminates and conglomerates of binders/natural materials - as long as their origins, composition, properties and environmental profiles are similarly detailed.

This document was subjected to peer review at the International Conference of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists, Northampton, UK, 2019.

Making Leather: An Overview of Manufacture

Author: Richard P. Daniels


Making Leather: An Overview of Manufacture, is a 10-Part study for people who wish to become leather technicians, and those who need more than the most basic understanding of commercial leather manufacture. It is intended for use and dissemination free of charge.

Created for self-training and distance learning within the global leather sector, it follows the processes and operations used, and their purposes, for making leather from bovine hides, sheep and goat skins.

The Information is set down clearly as a 30,000 word study supported by 300 photographs and diagrams from within the industrial environment. It is designed for use via smart phone, but also suits larger display within formal education for discussion or expansion by suitably qualified staff.

Peer reviewed, it is recommended by Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists (S.L.T.C.), The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (U.N.I.D.O.), and the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists (I.U.L.T.C.S.)

Modern Cow Leather Processing

Produced by: Leather Naturally  


The Leather Naturally guide to modern leather making has been written for anyone that wants to know more about leather. Are you a designer, developer  or student that wants to learn more about the process? A retailer or working in a consumer facing role and wants to understand the process behind this natural material better to help you engage with your customers? Or just someone that wants to refresh your knowledge?

Set out in clear, easy to understand terms it is an indispensable tool that covers everything from hide structure, through tannery processes, leather properties, control and best environmental practice.

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