The piece of leather measures approx 11" x 13" each, and can handle a diameter of about 2 1/4". Occasionally we ship 2 pieces of leather approx. 10" x 7" each that will cover the same diameter. This is the nice stuff, Latigo, 5 to 7 ounce rating.
WoodenBoat issue #68 has a helpful article by Larry Montgomery about leathers, and talks about his preferred treatment with lanolin, available at most drug stores.
And, in the perhaps TMI (too much information) here's what makes Latigo:
Latigo leather is most commonly made from cowhide. It is first chrome tanned, which involves soaking the hide in a solution of acidic salts and then drying it before further processing. Next it is vegetable tanned by soaking it in a series of vats with progressively higher concentrations of tanning solutions. After completing the tanning process, the hides are tumbled in large drums to absorb various oils and waxes. This makes them more pliable and supple, while retaining their strength.
I told my wife what an excellent job you guys do with order fulfillment. Your product is first class as is the service.
Your kit should include buttons. For most rowers, not very useful without them. Very disappointing.
The leather was really nice. Will be very classy when I get them finished.
I was surprised there was no leather for the Button as in other kits.
Otherwise the project would be done
My oars are so light I was afraid the copper tacks would split them, so I used the thread. It worked well.
The value here is in the nice leather, At a leather shop you have to buy the whole hide or half hide.
I am very pleased with the leather kit. It offered two ways to apply. I chose to use tacks. There was more than enough leather and tacks to complete the installation. This is the second time I have used your leather oar kit. The first just simple wore out. I am using the oars every day with great satisfaction.
Great product. Thank you.