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Rawhide Seat tops?

Postby gavin » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:16 am

Has anyone experience of weaving a rawhide seat top?
I have sat on one on a commercially-made canoe, so it is clearly feasible.
Who supplies rawhide?
What thickness of rawhide strip would you need? I'd like it to be wide as possible to speed the weaving, and I recall the canoe seat wat approx 5 mm wide strip
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Re: Rawhide Seat tops?

Postby Davie Crockett » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:14 am

Rawhide available here: http://www.theidentitystore.co.uk/default.asp

You'll need to acquire at least a half hide (Butt) (to get the right thickness, a bend will be too thin) and after soaking it in water, make a continuous 6mm -10mm strip working from the outside edge to the inside . You'll probably have quite a bit left over if you only want to do one seat, but it is extremely useful binding material. and can be split to make it go further. Generally full grain (thickness) is used for this purpose but to get a uniform appearance you may need to split it to the thickest available dimension. i.e. set the splitter to the thinnest cross section of the hide strip.

You can make a hide splitter with a really sharp drawknife spaced to the desired thickness and clamped to a smooth surface (Bevel up). You then feed the leather strips through and pull evenly on the bottom and top pieces as they come through. Probably best done close to the edge of a workbench so that the leather can be fed in from below the level of the worktop.

Just found a google book which explains other aspects of this skill (Unfortunately they've cut the article half way through): http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=tvZpIYvvzRMC&pg=PA98&lpg=PA98&dq=rawhide+thickness+for+weaving&source=bl&ots=XkKTL_y9x5&sig=Epzicb5Yiy4UwiJERWA3Wfe9yZQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qv6pULWRKqGc0QXrm4GgBA&sqi=2&ved=0CEkQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=rawhide%20thickness%20for%20weaving&f=false (p98)

But the book is still in print at amazon: The caners handbook http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0937274607/ref=asc_df_093727460710649035?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=0937274607

4ft lengths of 1/4" (6mm) rawhide are available here: http://www.tandyleather.eu/en-gbp/home/4482-04.aspx
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