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    hOW MEDIEVAL LEATHER WAS 'MADE'
    The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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    They took a byproduct of the cattle slaughter and made it into a material medieval people depended on. Their shoes, saddles, helmets, armor, and many other leather goods were the result of a tanner’s handiwork.
    Since the finished leather was so valuable, it makes me wonder why tannery workers were unable to demand more for their product. It seems as though there was a glut or surplus of leather.

    Was the amount of water used in the tanning process more or less than that consumed for a pair of denim?
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      Originally posted by Herman Hum View Post
      Since the finished leather was so valuable, it makes me wonder why tannery workers were unable to demand more for their product. It seems as though there was a glut or surplus of leather.

      Was the amount of water used in the tanning process more or less than that consumed for a pair of denim?
      Porb. varied, depending which pair of demins you are looking at...

      The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Herman Hum View Post
        Since the finished leather was so valuable, it makes me wonder why tannery workers were unable to demand more for their product. It seems as though there was a glut or surplus of leather.

        Was the amount of water used in the tanning process more or less than that consumed for a pair of denim?
        A lot of medevial commerce was state and GUILD REGULATED. Tanners were seen as a 'breed apat'- their stinky establishments were kept as separate as possible- and even medieval less sensitive noses didn't want the scent of Dog poo , used to neutralise hides, in their nostrils or- bath water.

        Te rough leather processes wel fairly easy to master- good finished leather was another factor. during wartime, armies used a lot of rough leather, and medevial new tanners churned it out fast.
        The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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        • #5
          All you need do is search for "dirty jobs tannery" (or vellum) and watch some Mike Rowe and Nat Geo episodes to see what a horrific, godawful, job tanning hides is. It's gross, smells horrible, and is totally disgusting.

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