Weaver Leather and New (?) Hand Greasing Technique!

Weaver Leather and New (?) Hand Greasing Technique!

The other day the kangaroo skin that I ordered from Weaver Leather showed up!

veg tanned kangaroo leather

 

They said the skins average 6 square feet and this one is 6.4 square feet.  The skin didn’t really have much in the way or scars, but it was a dry skin.  For whip making drum stuffed skins are much better and normally cost about the same as non-drum stuffed skins.  Drum stuffing is when the skins have grease worked into them while at the tannery in a big drum.  It gets a nice even coat of grease and the grease penetrates to the inside of the skin.

When you get a dry skin you have to Hand Stuff  it with grease.  Basically to do this you rub grease onto the kangaroo skin and let it soak in.  Once it has soaked in you buff off any excess.  Repeat if (or as) necessary. Hand stuffing a skin is a pain in the butt and doesn’t get results that are as good as drum stuffing.  Using the rub on, buff off method in my opinion won’t get the grease to penetrate as deeply or as evenly as a drum stuffed skin.

Part of the reason you don’t get as good penetration of grease into the skin is that the grease is semi solid, so it won’t get every little pore all the way down.  When this skin from Weaver came in and it was dry, I just happened to be working on project (non whip releated) that used  a heat gun.  I was going to put a coat of grease on it and saw the heat gun out of  the corner of my eye and hand a little brainstorm to melt the grease with the heat gun.

Here’s a little video of me doing it:

I don’t know if anyone has done this before, but it was an AH HA moment for me when it worked!  Now you might be worried that the heat might dry out the skin…but you are using the heat to melt grease into the skin, so I don’t think that’s a concern.  I had my heat gun at about 3/4 power and kept it moving so there wouldn’t be any danger of scorching the skin.  I was amazed at the results, the skin had a nice feel to it, almost like a drum stuffed skin!  I haven’t cut into it yet and cone I start to use it that will be the real test.  But for now whenever I get a dry skin this is how I’m going to grease it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

2 thoughts on “Weaver Leather and New (?) Hand Greasing Technique!

  1. Ever tried simply melting Pecards or Fiebing’s and rubbing the melted grease? I have and it just soaks it up! Only problem is it soaks it too much and controlling the uniformity of the grease is a bit hard unless you pour a lot over the skin in a very short amount of time. I did this once many years ago and the whip didn’t need any greasing for years!!! It added a lot of weight to the leather too, but I actually didn’t mind that part, my concern was what would happen if the whip was allowed to dry up? -Would this cause air pockets to form in the whip where grease used to be? I never found out, but I guess one never wants to let their whip dry out so little chance of that happening I guess. The ideal solution would be to have a slightly lighter grease so it could be splashed on liberally until the leather was saturated? One does have to watch the temperature as the grease is melted; you don’t want to fry your leather…

    Anyway just a thought.
    Cheers!

    1. Franco,

      I used to mess melting dressing and pouring it onto a dry skin (I think we talked about YEARS AGO!). I had mixed results, the main problems getting an even coat and the mess! Doing it with a heat gun solves the even coat and mess problems, you apply an even coat, then melt it. So far I’m very happy with the results this way…however I’d still prefer to just buy drum stuffed and not worry about this.

      If you were to over fill a whip with dressing then let it dry up (which would take forever!) I think the least of your worries would be the air pockets, you’d be more concerned with dry brittle leather. I wonder if you were to dry an over greased whip, then try to save it with dressing, would it fill the same air pockets?

      Louie

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