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Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:39 pm
I am happy to have discovered this forum!
Please bear with me while a give a little background.
I have purchased veg.-tanned kangaroo bookbinding leather over the years from several Australian sources, but almost all of the acceptable leathers from these sources have turned out to be products of Packer in Australia, tanned and pared specifically for bookbinding. Hollanders used to carry their line in 14 colors; now they don't carry it at all, and Packer now produces only 5 colors. The veg-tanned kangaroo leathers I have purchased from sources not reselling Packer products have been unusable due to the poor quality of the surface (holes and a great many scars) and skiving so poor that I can't rescue the skin.
The Packer products currently for sale are unfortunately much more scarred that those I bought several years ago, and the dying is irregular and mottled--o.k. for repair if you are going to redye exposed portions, but unsatisfactory for a full binding. A real disappointment.
Has anyone worked seriously with kangaroo leather, and has your experience been similar to mine? Is there any other supplier you know with better quality skins? Many thanks,