Upon further reflection..........This blemish would have been in the middle of the cow's back, along the spine from the way it looks. If the leather on both sides is solid, there isn't any reason you can't use the leather. They use automated measuring devices now days, so you wouldn't have been charged for the bad spot. If you look on the hide, somewhere there will be a number or a tag from the measuring. This hide came from Austria, so I don't know what the numbers are for. They could be measuring numbers or inventory numbers or inspector's numbers. Here's another hide that was measured with a machine, that has 55.9 sq.ft. it is reasonable to expect 10 to 15% waste depending on how large the pieces need to be.
You're right about the shine, the '86 Caddy seat I did had smooth,shiny leather on it, but I thought it had gotten polished with age.
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Last edited by DanTwoLakes; 04-19-2011 at 08:34 AM.