Leathers and Grains
At Leonard’s, we use real leathers, cut from real hides. For more information, please see our “Why Leathers” page.
Click on the different tabs below to see examples of the different kinds of grains on our leathers, and all the colors of our various leathers, along with some samples.
- Thick Cowhides
- Embossed Cowhides
- Smooth Calf
- Hand-Dyed Calf
- Soft-Tanned Goat
- Soft-Tanned Special Colors
- Hand-Dyed Goat
- Sokoto Goat
Pebble Grain Cowhides
Here are the pebble grain cowhides, a beautiful leather with a lightly-embossed tight grain and a finish that’s easy to keep clean They are soft and flexible, but still durable, and they come in 18 different colors:
Dark Red Bible
Gray and Navy Bibles
Thicker Cowhides, including the “Bomber” Cowhides
These are our amazingly thick cowhides, great for larger Bibles. They feel soft and flexible, but we can also add some extra reinforcement inside so they are not too floppy on a larger, heavy Bible.
These are cowhides that are embossed with a grain to look like something different: alligator and goatskin:
These silky smooth calfskins feel soft and flexible in your hand. They should help your Bible last for a good long time!
Hand-Dyed, Smooth Grain English Calfskin
This leather has a smooth feel and an antiqued mottled look. This is also a tooling leather, and we use it often for hardcover antique books as well as for softcover personal Bibles. It is durable and “breaks in well” so it feels great in your hand.
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Medium Brown Bible
These are all soft, flexible, and durable, the leather with the softest feel.
Special Colors of Soft-Tanned Goatskins
Same type of goatskin, soft and flexible, but in bright colors.
Hand-Dyed Rustic Goatskin
This is a sturdy natural goatskin, spindled (pre-wrinkled) to add flexibility, and dyed and antiqued by our binders. It’s a tooling leather, as are all the leathers on this page, so tooled designs and blind-stamping can be done, as well as regular stamping with a color. Note: No two covers are exactly alike.
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Medium Brown Bible
Here’s another natural goatskin that may interest you: Scapegoat. It’s only available in burgundy, but the leather has a prominent natural wild grain. The shade varies from skin to skin.
Sokoto Wild Grain Goatskins
This is traditional, archival, vegetable-tanned bookbinding leather from the famous Sokoto region of Nigeria — a fine leather that has stood the test of time. A book or Bible rebound in this leather can be passed down to future generations and may last, if well cared-for, for hundreds of years. It has a beautiful wild grain and feels great in your hand.
Not your typical Bible leather, but a very strong and good-looking one. This leather tools well and has the highest tensile strength of any leather on the marker, made from government-culled kangaroos. We recommend it especially for larger Bibles since it has more of a medium temper. It is a special-order leather, so this one must be paid in advance. (We’ll help you with that.)
Here are some fast examples of the kinds of grains / textures you’ll find on our leathers. Some are specialty styles.