Exploring the inner depths of our local oak bark tannery I came across a new and interesting leather, and a fascinating story about its origins.
The leather is intended for the best hand made calfskin riding boots – they are made with the back side out. It’s a tradition dating back to the long evenings of feasting and merriment after the days hunt. After the meal the riders used the deer’s shin bone covered in fat to smooth out the scratches and scuffs from the brambles and thickets. Boots made in the usual way with the grain side out would soon be covered in irreparable unsightly scars. The practice is known as “boning”.