Animal Sources of Leather

So you’re excited about getting into leather work and you want a simple Animal Leather Source Guide!  Leather work is certainly a satisfying and fun hobby and you can pretty much make anything you can think of. A small wallet, a phone cover, a bag or maybe if you’re more adventurous a jacket or a work apron and so on.  The question is how to choose the best leather for the work you want to do.

There are many types of leather as leather is made from skins of different animals. The hides and skins used are mainly those of cattle, sheep, goat, pig and in a lesser amount, reptiles, birds and fish. The suitability and price of each animal though differs and below we have some types of animal leather sources and what you might be able to use them for.

Cow - Most common leather and least expensive due to availability.
Boots, Bags, Upholstery, Garments, Belts
Sheep - Very soft and comfortable as well as light weight delicate.
Garments,  Shoes, Accessories etc
Pig - Not only dense leather with supple feel but also comfortable and water-resistant.
Gloves, Garments, Boots, Bags, Shoes
Goat - Economical, strong durable with a fine grain comparatively slightly softer and tougher than cow.
Gloves, Belts, Pouches, Garments, Shoes
Deer - One of the toughest leathers available not to mention abrasion resistant.
Garments, Footballs, Bags
Ostrich - Not only the finest but also the most durable leather.
Shoes, Boots, Bags
Buffalo - Extremely strong, durable and rugged  on the contrary it is also soft and supple.
Garments, Upholstery, Belts, Armour
Kangaroo - Kangaroo skin  is the strongest and most highly abrasion resistant leather
Whips, Accessories, Athletic Shoes and more
Snake - Delicate and at the same time thin and soft
Bags, Boots, Pouches, Shoes
Eel - Very thin and not strong however surprisingly soft, shiny and smooth.
Bags, Accessories
Stingray - Tough and durable as plastic and yet it has a beautiful appearance.
Bags, Belts, Garments
Crocodile - Extremely expensive but at the same time very strong and durable
Boots, Bags, Belts