I don’t plan on ordering a piece as I don’t expect to be making many shoes, but it’s tempting.
M05 Forest Green Moose Sides 5-6oz 12-15 sq ft sides
is available from www.hidehouse.com. It will probably be quite soft leather, not good for most derby-type shoes or flats, but might be great for moccasins or soft boots. Usually leather comes in “half-of-a-cow-hide” which is around 24 square feet. Here we have a moose – 12-15 square foot-sides – I guess that’s half-a-moose-hide. And 5-6 ounce leather is nice and thick, I may change my mind and order a piece, just imagining what great renaissance-faire-style boots I could make for myself – poor me, I don’t have any green boots!
Ask for a swatch if you consider ordering this leather to check its color, degree of softness, thickness, and surface treatments. In my opinion, you don’t want any surface treatment (leather without surface treatment is called “naked” leather), especially in this sort of supple leather….
You could make maybe 4-5 pairs of shoes or boots from this piece of leather. That is assuming that a good portion of the leather is useable; belly leather and limb leather sometimes is so stretched and flabby that it’s not useable for any part of the shoe – well, maybe it could be used for a topsole, especially if it were inside a boot and not visible. But for a topsole you want something smooth, not full of ripples and bumps.
So all in all, if you’re thinking of getting yourself some moccasin or soft-shoemaking leather, this smaller size makes it one of the most affordable ways to obtain suitable leather, you could easily spend twice as much on a nice piece of cow leather – especially if you purchase it from a “bricks and mortar retailer”.
I have enjoyed doing business with www.hidehouse.com. Most satisfying is the fact that they have a catalogue, so you can re-order and you will know you are getting something very similar to the leather you received in a past shipment – keeping in mind that leather is a natural product, full of unique signs of having lived a life, stretch marks, barbed-wire marks, a brand here and there…
I just checked out the leather on the hidehouse website, it is listed as $54.00/hide, so perhaps I got notice of the wholesale price. If you have a sales tax number, you can get the wholesale price also.