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The Cost of A Hide?

How do they calculate the cost of leather hides in square feet if the hide is shaped like a skinned animal? I'm thinking that they make a square measurement in the largest parts of the hide and then tack on an estimate for legs and neck area.

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i think I found the answer. It appears that it's based on the ounces per square foot and the actual total weight of the hide. Then once the math is done, you get the square feet of the hide. Right or wrong?
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I don't know exactly the answer, but i saw a cow hide at a shoe store and i don't remember exactly how much it was but it was defiantly more than $800. I would suggest finding an animal and killing it.
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One thing I noticed about leather is that you have to shop around. SMS want's 13 bucks a square foot for what they say is "original" type leather for a 1970 Cadillac. I've been involved with this year and make for 22 years and have judged at the Cadillac La Salle Grand National. I have never seen the type of leather that SMS sent me on any Cadillac. I'm sure it is great stuff but not what I want. Another supplier sent me some samples and I would say that one of them is 90 percent correct - good enough for me. I'm not expecting to find an identical match. And the price? $4.25 a square foot.
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For example, the hide is 15 pounds x 16 oz equals 240 oz divided by leather weight per square foot of 4 oz equals 60 square feet of leather. At $4 a square foot, This comes out to $240 for the hide.
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The big tanneries use automated measuring machines so they can charge you for every square inch of surface area. As far as the price of leather, you generally get what you pay for. All leather is not the same, so make sure you are comparing apples to apples. I have two "leather" office chairs I use for sewing machine chairs. They swivel, have casters, and adjust up and down. I paid $49 apiece for them. How good do you think the quality of the leather is?
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The big tanneries use automated measuring machines so they can charge you for every square inch of surface area. As far as the price of leather, you generally get what you pay for. All leather is not the same, so make sure you are comparing apples to apples. I have two "leather" office chairs I use for sewing machine chairs. They swivel, have casters, and adjust up and down. I paid $49 apiece for them. How good do you think the quality of the leather is?
I see what you are talking about. But it seems to me that SMS charges more than everyone else I've looked at. In another post around here, we talked about this. Is SMS really worth it?
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No, I don't think they are worth it unless you are a purist and want the leather to be exactly like it was originally. If you have samples from SMS and they are not the same as the original, I wouldn't waste my money.

My point was that paying too little for leather is not a good idea either.

Also, just because the leather came from a Cadillac doesn't necessarily mean that the original leather was the greatest in the first place. Leather seats were not that common back in the 70's and 80's, nor were they that good of quality. I did a set of front seats for a mid-80's Caddy, and I thought the original leather looked more like vinyl. Here are pictures of the front side and back side of one of the pieces I made a pattern from.
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No, I don't think they are worth it unless you are a purist and want the leather to be exactly like it was originally. If you have samples from SMS and they are not the same as the original, I wouldn't waste my money.

My point was that paying too little for leather is not a good idea either.

Also, just because the leather came from a Cadillac doesn't necessarily mean that the original leather was the greatest in the first place. Leather seats were not that common back in the 70's and 80's, nor were they that good of quality. I did a set of front seats for a mid-80's Caddy, and I thought the original leather looked more like vinyl. Here are pictures of the front side and back side of one of the pieces I made a pattern from.
You're right about the leather from that era. It was lousy. The stuff I found is 90% there as far as originality goes. The big issue for these cars was the finish of the leather. The original stuff had some shine to it and was not flat. SMS sent flat stuff. My stuff is an exact match in that category and is only 4 bucks a sq ft. I've noticed most of the leather I see online for cars is between $3.75 an $8 a sq foot.
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There is a huge difference between $3.75 a foot leather and $8.00 a foot leather.
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There is a huge difference between $3.75 a foot leather and $8.00 a foot leather.
oh, yeah! I'm sure of that. You get what you pay for.
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