Dyed Sheepskin Skiver
Sheepskin has been used in bookbinding for more than 500 years. As Matt T. Roberts and Don Etherington say in Bookbinding and the Conservation of
books. A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. "Sheepskin is a reasonably durable leather if properly
Often, a sheepskin skiver will have a sprayed on pigment finish, which covers
any minor blemishes, and filling the surface grain leaving you with a flat featureless leather.
Many of these also find use as cheap desktop leather, they are also sold to bookbinders who
are attracted by their low price.
Some are "glazed", which results in a leather with a glossy, shiny
Finding a genuinely good quality sheepskin skiver which does not have a spray
pigment finish, or are surface treated in some way, has been a problem. So we are very satisfied to have found a
genuinely fine, fully vegetable tanned sheepskin skiver.
Poor quality skivers are loose textured, elastic and full of air, these skivers
are dense, though flexible and pare smoothly and in a predictable manner.
The skins have a matt surface and polish up to a very fine lustre. They also
take gold tooling very well.
The skins are dyed all the way through and leave the natural surface grain of the leather
Each skin is shaved to 1.0mm so it is a perfect weight for case binding. Average
skin size is 13 sq ft.
Download Illustrated Bookbinders Digest Dealing with Sheepskin Skiver here.
Here is a chart of the colours available, we have taken considerable trouble to
get the colours right in this chart, so you can believe that the colour you see is close to reality. But your own
monitor settings may alter the appearance of these colours. If you wish to be absolutely certain of a colour it is
best to order a colour sample.
As you can see the colours are quite subdued, a good choice for
Now reduced in price to £15.48 per sq
Average skin size 13 sq ft
NOTE: The prices above are the price per square foot of this material, but is
sold by the full skin. the final price, including shipping will be calculated at a later time depending on the size
of each individual skin available. Please contact me below.
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