Treating veg tan leather with grease
Why Whiskey, Brandy and Rugby are looking so good
I am often asked what kind of leather I used for these prototypes, and the answer is, this is just plain naked veg tan which I treated with grease (lard). I buy my veg tan here in Guatemala, although the quality is kinda inconsistent (some of them have way too many defects that you have to work around) but you can't beat the price (around $30 a side).
I always loved the patina of aged veg tan so I decided I need to find a way how to make it look like this quick. After reading about the tannery liquors I found out that tallow is one of the oldest traditional treatments for the leather.
Burnishing and polishing
After you greased the leather you can give it a luster by burnishing the surface and applying some polish. I use a large wooden spoon (the only thing I could find here locally).