Carving (veg-tan or vegetable-tan) leather – uses a combination of tree bark (usually the bark of the live oak tree) and water to create tannic acid baths in which the raw animal hide is immersed. The hide is soaked for seven days in successive baths of varying concentrations of tannic acid. The resulting leather is called veg-tan or carving leather. Its properties are such that it can be embossed or carved more readily because of the firmness of the leather. Shoe soles and saddles for horses would use veg-tan leather. Levy’s uses veg-tan leather in its tooled guitar straps and other designs. This is the most expensive leather we use.
*Veg-tan leather is not vegan.