Hide Markings:By the Hide:
When leather is measured and marked by the tannery, it is done to the nearest 1/4 of a square foot and marked as such. For example, a 10 and 1/4 square foot hide (10.25 sq. ft.) will be marked 101; a 10.5 sq. ft. is marked 102; and a 10.75 sq. ft. hide is marked 103. An 11 sq. ft. hide will be marked simply, 11.
At Crazy Crow Trading Post, we strive to display colors as accurately as possible on our Website; however, this depends on your computer display as well as variations in colors between different dye lots.
Leather Hide Parts (The images below illustrate how hides are divided into different cuts.
Weight/Thickness: Leather thickness is normally stated in terms of “ounces”. One ounce equals 1/64″ in thickness. Thus, a weight of 7 to 8 oz. means the leather is 7/64″ to 8/64″ in thickness. In order to provide leather of uniform thickness, most hides are run through a splitting machine. However, as each animal is different, there are almost always slight variations throughout the hide. Therefore, leather is normally stated as a range of thickness, such as, 4 to 5 oz., 6 to 7 oz., etc.
Conversion from Yardage to Sq. Ft. (Examples)
As stated above, leather is normally measured in square feet; however, some patterns call for a certain number of yards. The examples given below are general guidelines for converting yards into square feet: