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Permanent Style - July 2018

How leather is tanned: Billy Tannery goat leather

"Although I’ve visited many workshops and factories over the years, I’ve never been to a tannery (a trip to Baker’s is way overdue).

It was with particular interest, therefore, that I went to see the tiny operation set up by Jack Millington (below) in the stables of his parents’ farm.

Jack also has a nice story. At one point a couple of years ago, he became interested in the skins from his father’s goats, which were simply thrown away once the animals died.

Jack began to wonder if there was a use for this waste product – whether they could be tanned or in some other way re-used."

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Permanent Style Billy Tannery Simon Crompton

Image credit: James Holborrow


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