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.
- Pebble Cowhides
- Thick Cowhides
- Smooth Cowhides
- Embossed Cowhide
- Hand-Dyed Calf
- Smooth Goat
- Sokoto Goat
- Capra Goat
- Hand-Dyed Natural 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 21 different colors:
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.
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.
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.
Capra Grain Goatskins
This is a fine archival, vegetable-tanned bookbinding leather with a shrunken grain. It is strong, flexible, has a beautiful grain, and feels great in your hand. The difference between Capra Grain and Sokoto goatskin is that Capra has a smaller and more even grain, and Sokoto has a wild grain.
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.
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.)