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  1. A history of the Nantucket red cotton canvas

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    October 6, 2014 by Ville Raivio


  2. Identifying quality leather

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    May 29, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    “Genuine leather” has not been a useful marking in decades. Leather can be made from most any animal, and it …
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  3. The coolest summer shoe leathers

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    May 15, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    We all have anecdotal knowledge of the differences between leathers in the heat of summer, but it’s always nice to …
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  4. Characteristics of Shetland wool

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    March 21, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Shetland wool is the harvested and treated wool grown by sheep of the same name. This tiny landrace creature has …
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  5. The Story of Camel Hair by S. Stroock & Co.

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    February 17, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    The Story of Camel Hair is a short and useful guide to the wonders of camel hair. First published by┬áS. …
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  6. The Craft of Hand Block Printing

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    August 16, 2013 by Ville Raivio


  7. How to Identify Quality Leather

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    July 25, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    This thread is where it’s at: hide parts and their qualities, signs of quality leather on finished shoes, glossary of …
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  8. Sea Island Cotton Characteristics

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    June 29, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Cotton is everywhere. Nearly 25 million tonnes of raw cotton fabric is grown annually, with six countries holding the production …
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  9. Characteristics of Russian Reindeer Leather from 1786

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    May 19, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    The following info leaflet is attached to G.J. Cleverley’s leather goods made from the elusive Russian reindeer leather sourced from …
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  10. Bridle Leather Characteristics

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    April 24, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Bridle leather is tanned cowhide treated with a special finish, and named after its historical use in riding bridles. The …
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