There are four main types of leather that we use in leathercraft and saddle shops. These are Veg Tanned Leather, Chap Leather, Harness Leather, and Latigo Leather.
In this video, I give a quick run down of each as well as the products and applications I use them for in my shop.There are many more types of leathers on the market and many more uses for them. This is just a summary of the main four types that I keep in my shop.
Leather is the most versatile material on the planet. There are great variances in tannages as well as applications, so experiment with as many as you can and see what types of leather work best for what you are doing.
If you are looking for a good source for leather here are some links to some of my favorite suppliers:
Using up all that scrap latigo leather isn’t the easiest thing to do. I usually find that I have a lot of this left over the course of a 6 month period or so. So in order to stay ahead of my scrap piles of latigo leather, I try to cut up some lace occasionally. This works to consume some of the scrap leather as well as saving me time when I do need lace leather for a project.
You can use the same process for chap leather and other softer type of leathers that might make good lace leather in your shop.