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The art of making leather: production of wet-blue

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    Preparing the materials from hide to the fine-quality leather is a long process requiring time, knowledge, equipment and precision. For those of you fascinated in the leather products this article will hopefully help you imagine what is going on behind the doors of leather manufactories.

    Production process of wet-blue leather

    Production of the wet-blue leather has its specific flow. First, raw stock is selected – the material is mostly acquired from the cattle hide. Secondly, unnecessary part of the skin is trimmed and prepared for weighting. Measuring the weight is essential since appropriate amount of chemicals needs to be used for fleshing, and it depends solely on the weight of the skin. The next step in wet-blue leather production is the soaking which consists in rehydration of preserved raw hides. You know the soaking is done when flesh side becomes slippery. Then it is time for liminig which involves treatment of soaked hides with milk of lime (CaO). At this state, the hair is removed from the skin to be next fleshed, weighted again and put into a chemical bath.

    Next stage is deliming – done to remove the lime, swelling and plumping.

    Chemicals used in this process need to have ability to reduce pH. The following stage is called bathing and it is really interesting since here is when we decided the use of the finished leather. Depending on it, we treat the hide with enzymes (weak, mid strong or strong) to soften it appropriately. Next, comes the pickling – we call it a process of treating delimed pelt with a solution of acid and salt. Among other advantages, pickling helps to reduce astringency of chrome tanned leather.

    Wet-blue leather is chrome tanned using chrome tanning salts and this process (taking place after the pickling) leaves the hide with blueish color. Then, the skin is going through basification – done to increase the strength properties of the material. After that, the final stage of preparing the leather is draining out the chrome liquor and piling up the material for 4-7 days in order to complete the fixation and polymerization reactions. It’s important to note that chrome-tanned leather is generally stronger than vegetable-tanned leather, so has a wider variety of possible uses.

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      Written by Chris

      February 11th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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      Rise of Digital Print

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        As time has gone on and consumer’s tastes have developed and changed, leather world marketing has evolved with them. Wanting to maintain a strong position at leather market it has become essential for organizations to fully coordinate their marketing communication strategies to ensure they deliver clear, constant and competitive messages about themselves and the items they indorse. By having creative and innovative marketing communications that can reinvent new ways of interaction, which is something that could make a business the new leather market leader. Relationship marketing has generally taken a back seat for the past decades but not anymore. It has become a key in the marketing strategic plans and must keep up with its customer’s wants and needs.

        Integrated marketing communications is a way in which a company can keep up its relations with its customers. There are a great deal of benefits to using IMC’s and this is becoming more and more apparent as you look around your surroundings and at leather world. IMC’s is now everywhere. You can pick up a product and the sales women will offer you a personal service due to product you have picked up. This is not something that has been missed by luxury brands.

        More and more consumers are demanding personalised items and brands are giving it to them, as the leather market has to evolve along with other branches. Nike for years has given their customers the chance to customise your own pair of trainers. Prada has also jump on the band wagon by offering customers the chance to customise their shoe uppers and even the soles of the shoe. As brands start to follow this trend the technology of digital print starts to really show itself for what it is.
        Digital printing is one of the ultimate personations as you can create your own pattern and have small details added that one couldn’t before.

        The digital print era isn’t limited to footwear and leather world goods. Automotive and aviation have also taken it on board; KLM airline are replacing all their embroidered monogram headrests with digitally printed ones. This isn’t just increase longevity of the headrest but it is also more hygienic. The more bespoke car companies are also getting asked for customisation to a greater detail. With digital printing the sky is the limit, you can take a piece of leather and make it look as if it were a completely different material.

        Feetz are an American company that have made the move into completely three dimensionally printed shoes. These are made to fully fit the customer to perfection. Modern Meadow are at the forefront for changing the way we think about leather. They have managed to grow defect free leather in a lab. Will their technology end the leather market as we know it? This is an ongoing experiment but one that looks promising in the way of saving the environment but doomy for the leather industry. As more and more consumers are becoming wary of where their items are coming from.

        Will we one day be able to digitally print three dimensional leather shoes?

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          Written by Chris

          June 20th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

          Posted in Miscellaneous

          Impress Your Visitors With Modern Contemporary Furniture

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            High-quality modern contemporary furniture can impress visitors to your home and improve your overall quality of life. Investing in the right company is the key to long-term success; and with over 35 years experience in the production of luxury pieces for a variety of UK properties, the team at Paul Bloom are ideally-placed to assist.

            They’ve produced all manner of bespoke furniture designs for contemporary and traditional properties, so they’re confident adapting their skill-set to a variety of different client requirements. With that in mind, if you’re a property owner looking to upgrade your home in Alderley Edge, Sheffield, Wilmslow, Cheshire, London or elsewhere in the UK, Paul Bloom can help.

            Modern Contemporary Furniture for Use Throughout Your Home

            One of the most appealing things about their modern contemporary furniture range is that they’re comfortable producing one-off items for a number of different rooms in the home. They regularly craft pieces for bedrooms, kitchens, lounge areas and more; always taking care to ensure that their handmade touch radiates from each design that they manufacture.

            Whether it’s storage units to show off your DVD collection with; island kitchen furniture where you can relax with friends and family; or beautifully-sculpted pieces for your bedroom, the possibilities are truly endless. For Paul Bloom’s staff, it’s all about combining their knowledge with their client’s desires to create the perfect solutions.

            UK Dining Furniture

            If you’re someone who enjoys hosting dinner parties and social events, then Paul Bloom’s dining furniture for UK homes would be perfect for you. As truly bespoke commissions, the pieces that they produce are sure to make the right impression on visiting friends and family. From full sets to individual tables and chairs; they aim to craft pieces that work seamlessly within your dining space.

            Once installed, you can look forward to relaxing whilst sat amongst your new purchases; proud in the knowledge that you’ve attained workmanship at the highest tier of property improvement. There really is nothing more satisfying and that’s why their base of clients is only continuing to grow.

            Luxury Oak Structures

            For all of the modern contemporary furniture that the Paul Bloom team produces, they make it a priority to ensure that they implement sustainably-sourced wood within their work. This is deeply important to them continuing their ethical approach to furniture manufacture. To find out more about this, you should contact them today.

            Similarly, they’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in luxury furniture pieces and oak structures for the improvement of your own home. Their experienced team will be able to offer you advice on how they can adapt their ranges to meet your requirements and provide you with excellent product value.

            You can reach Paul Bloom by calling 01433 749 998 for their Hathersage office, 0207 1381 099 for their London office or 01565 339 998 for their Knutsford office. Alternatively, if you’d rather send over your enquiry via email, the address to reach them via is

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              Richard Branson is looking for Britains best business ideas

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                Pitch to Rich 2015 launched 24th March. This is your chance to pitch your business idea to Richard Branson. The ten best pitches will win a share of more than £1,000,000 in prizes. You’ll have until 5th May to submit your pitch and get enough votes to get you through to pitch to Rich at the live finale in June.

                See the TV advert for more information:

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                  March 27th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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                  Ground Source Heat Pump Installations and the Financial Rewards from the Renewable Heat Incentive

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                    The Thomas family receive £3,706 per year from the renewable heat generated in their five bedroom bungalow from their ground source heat pump installation. They live in rural Scotland, which meant that previously they had to rely on oil heating which was costing them more than £3000 per year. But now, instead of paying for their energy use, they are earning nearly four thousand pounds a year from the renewable heat incentive.

                    Subsidies from the Renewable Heat Incentive

                    The couple receive money from the Renewable Heat Incentive, which pays them per kilowatt hour for the heat generated by their ground source heat pump. They also get a few hundred pounds a year from the subsidies that are linked to their solar heat generation through the solar panels that they have had installed on their roof.

                    Ground Source Heat Pump and Solar Panels

                    Mr and Mrs Thomas’ calculations estimate that over the course of the seven years that their payments will continue, they should be able get a total income of approximately £26,000, provided that they use and generate the same level of energy in that time. Considering that it only cost them £14,000 to have the ground source heat pump and solar panels installed, they will have received a return of nearly 100% on their original outlay costs.

                    The Telegraph reports that Mr and Mrs Thomas have installed a ground source heat pump to provide heating for their bungalow, as well as solar panels which provide them with hot water. They even have a small wind turbine to provide them with electricity, which means that their home is completely carbon neutral.

                    The Domestic RHI

                    The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive rate for ground source heat pumps is 18.8p/kWh, and is paid over seven years.  As long as your system is installed by a MCS approved company, it will qualify for the domestic RHI.

                    Get Paid for Running Green Heating Systems

                    According to the newspaper, there are 22,590 families in the UK that are earning money from Renewable Heat Incentive payments for running green heating systems such as biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps and solar panels in their home.

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                      Post Christmas Office Clearout Tips from Office Clearance Sheffield

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                        A clean, tidy and uncluttered work space does wonders for productivity, helping you to get more done in your place of work and motivate in your attitude. So where to start? Clearance and Clean Up office clearance Sheffield have a few tips for you..

                        Furniture Layout

                        It’s also worth thinking about the layout of your office. Think carefully about whether you are making good use of the space available. If you’re thinking of making some changes, try drawing up a floor plan which will give you a better idea of alternative furniture arrangements.

                        Office Decor

                        Sometimes a good coat of paint can make a lot of difference to an office. The walls and doors of a busy office are easily scuffed and marked, so a quick redecorate in the New Year is a great way to smarten things up. You could even go for a different shade; studies have shown that colour can profoundly affect how productive you are.

                        For example, blue colours are supposed to affect your mind; yellow your emotions; red your body; and green your balance. Blue is often classed as the most productive colour as it stimulates your mind and makes you more productive. If you work in a creative industry, consider yellow as it is supposed to stimulate your ego and spirits, and make you more optimistic.

                        De-cluttering your Office

                        Take a look around your office and think about what you could do to make it look tidier. Do you have lots of files stacked up on desks or on top of filing cabinets that really need to be filed away? You may have a few desk chairs that are looking shabby and could do with being replaced, or a box of lost property that’s been there since the Christmas party last year and could be taken to a charity shop.

                        It’s also important to think about the impression you make to possible office visitors; decent looking furniture and tidy desks are far more professional than clutter.

                        As Christmas approaches and 2014 draws to a close, there’s every chance that throughout the business year your office has become a little on the cluttered side. You might have tired and dated furniture that has seen better days, piles of paperwork that has been stacking up for months, or old and broken computer monitors that you know you really ought to get rid of.

                        So when you take the Christmas decorations down in early 2015, why not think about having a clear out and a spruce up ready for the New Year?

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                          Boost Your Christmas Sales with a New Shop Sign Sheffield

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                            Now is the time to ensure that you make the most of attracting the shoppers into your retail store. According to Mintel’s Christmas 2014 predictions, although online sales are again set to increase, a whopping 87% of all retail sales will be made in shops in December 2014.

                            Online business Website City AM recently reported that although fewer shoppers visited shopping centres and high streets this summer, retail spending was actually at its highest since January.

                            Footfall in Out of Town Retail Parks Decreases

                            The Director of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Helen Dickinson said that although footfall had decreased, the amount of money that was spent by shoppers per trip had actually increased. The data went on to reveal that although footfall has decreased on high streets and shopping centres, it increased by 2.9% in out-of-town retail parks during August 2014.

                            “It seems that customers are hitting the high streets with purpose – knowing what they want to buy ahead of time, supported by online research ­– and doing more shopping in a single trip,” Helen Dickinson said.

                            Expert Sign Makers Sheffield

                            As expert sign makers in Sheffield, Image Sign Studio are well aware of the increasing popularity of online shopping, but we firmly believe that there is plenty of scope for retail shops to claim their fair share of the market. There’s nothing like going into a shop and physically holding a product, then to come home with the item in your shopping bag on that very day. For all the convenience of online shopping, there’s only so much you can find out about the item from looking at it on a screen and reading reviews.

                            Online shopping may be as popular as ever, but the research suggests that there is still an enormous amount of people stepping out on the high street, shopping centres and retail parks.

                            Stand Out This Winter with an Illuminated Shop Sign Sheffield

                            One of the ways that you can attract these customers is by investing in a new shop sign Sheffield ready to catch those festive shoppers. As the nights draw in and the weather becomes autumnal, perhaps an illuminated shop sign Sheffield may be the perfect choice for your business?

                            If you are looking for a shop sign Sheffield that will increase your visibility on the high street over the festive season, Image Sign Studio can help. The staff at their Sheffield sign shop will offer you all the helpful advice and direction you need to ensure that your business makes a great first impression. Call them on 0114 261 7617 for more information today.

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                              Golf Club Saves Money on Fuel and Earns Money from the Renewable Heat Incentive with Biomass Boiler

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                                Longcliffe golf club were attracted to a biomass installation by the commercial Renewable Heat Incentive and the investment potential that it represented. The golf club are entitled to payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive for their biomass boiler installation, therefore generating a fantastic quarterly income from the RHI scheme. In addition, they have also significantly reduced their fuel bills.

                                Longcliffe Golf Club is one of the best golf courses in the area, with absolutely lovely surroundings in the historic and scenic Charnwood Forest. Close to the university market town of Loughborough, the Clubhouse provides its members, guests and visitors with outstanding facilities including a lounge, dining room and locker room. There are also first class catering and bar services available to everyone, including companies, societies and individuals, for events and occasions. There is also a small, private dining room which can be booked for smaller parties or for confidential business meetings.

                                Biomass Installers Yorkshire

                                As professional biomass installers Yorkshire, Phaseline Renewables have completed a variety of biomass boiler installations for a range of commercial and domestic properties across the UK. One of their recent projects involved the installation of a biomass boiler for Kedleston Golf club in the village of Quarndon in Derbyshire. When Longcliffe Golf Club saw what a great job they had done of their biomass boiler Derbyshire, they contacted Phaseline Renewables to see if they could help them too.

                                Save Money on Fuel with a Biomass Boiler Derbyshire

                                The golf club were spending a huge amount of money each month on the LPG fuelled heating for the building, and understandably wanted to switch to a more cost effective form of heating that wouldn’t be such a drain on their finances.

                                The Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

                                The non-domestic RHI scheme has been open to commercial, industrial, public sector, not for profit and heat networks since November 2011. The scheme is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat installations and renewable heat alternatives through financial support for owners.

                                As the world’s first long-term financial support plan programme for renewable heat, the Renewable Heat Incentive pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings.

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                                  September 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

                                  Keeping Your Planer Blades in Great Working Condition

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                                    Keeping Your Planer Blades in Great Working Condition

                                    As a rule of thumb; planer blades tend to be sturdy and resistant to heavy duty work – as long as they are properly maintained. If they are not, then understandably the work that you carry out will suffer as a result. Understanding why it is important to properly maintain your woodworking tools is the most important step to take.

                                    82mm planer blades are just one example of woodworking tools that need to be kept sharp. If they are not, your end product will suffer significantly. The result for taking care of maintenance issues can only be positive; and will help you achieve the best possible end product result. It will also showcase your knowledge of issues surrounding in quality control and help you impress in the process.

                                    No Better Place to Get Your Planer Blades

                                    Here at Knife-Point we stock an entirety of different blades. Thanks to our incredible range of products, you will always find the right tool with us – no matter what trade you work in or task you need to carry out. We are confident that you will come back to us time and time again; thanks to our dedicated, experienced team. You can view all of our products here, at

                                    Without understanding both the importance of keeping your planer blades in good condition – and also how best to utilize it – not only will your planer blade not work properly, it will also subsequently result in you being unable to produce a high standard product.

                                    Understanding Planer Blades Maintenance

                                    If ones of your planer blades requires maintenance, then you will need to follow a number of simple steps to carry out the job successfully. There are a number of resources available to tell you how you can do it best; which include guidelines on using an oiled whetstone, the importance of removing chips on the blade and ensuring that the blade is worked with a pushing action and not a pulling action

                                    When it comes to understanding whether your product needs to be maintained, it is helpful to do your research (we often provide advice through this blog). Perhaps the best way to test the sharpness of the blade is by tilting it up to the light. By observing how the light reflects off the bevel of the blade, you can gauge its condition. If the blade is sharp, then the bevel will appear flat.

                                    Take Time to Maintain Your Planer Blades

                                    It is useful to wait a few seconds when you start up your planer to carry out work. This enables the motor to reach full speed; and the blade can now be eased into contact with the material. From this point, you can push forward at a steady pace, ensuring that you continue to apply pressure on the front of the planer as it meets your piece of work.

                                    When actually implementing the use of planer blades proper balance is essential. Distribution of body weight – by keeping your feet apart in a comfortable position – enables you to maintain the closest control when using a wood planer. Naturally, the end product will emanate accuracy and quality as a result.


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                                      Testimonial for Commercial Photographer Sheffield from Howard Civil Engineering

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                                        Head of Business Development at Howard Civil Engineering, Sean Dalton was kind enough to provide Footprint Photography with a testimonial for their work, and said “The images that Nick has produced for us met and exceeded the specification that we gave to him and we are delighted with the results. We plan to use Footprint Photography again and have no hesitation in recommending Nick and his company for any type of commercial, civil engineering or construction photography.

                                        Commercial Photography Sheffield for Branding and Marketing Material

                                        Footprint Photography were recently contacted by Howard Civil Engineering, specialists in substructure, superstructure and infrastructure, who are based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Naturally, as a commercial photographer in Sheffield, they were delighted to be part of such a great assignment.

                                        As a commercial photographer Sheffield, they have the pleasure of working all over Sheffield and Yorkshire, helping businesses to look good in their marketing material through great images.

                                        Photographs for Howard Civil Engineering

                                        The company were going through a process of rebranding and part of that process included the imagery that will be used on the new website and other marketing material and literature.

                                        As each site was uniquely different, they had a brief to work to at each location, and had to liaise with the Site Manager to be given access to walk round the site. At each location were given a site safety induction and showed around the site, after which they took off around it to take plenty of photographs that could be used in their marketing material.

                                        Footprint visited a few sites on behalf of Howard Civil Engineering. One was based in Leeds, a project for TPP which is in its early stages. They also visited the West Yorkshire Police PFI site at Carr Gate Lane in Wakefield on two occasions, and a large retail development at Monk’s Cross in York.

                                        Howard Civil Engineering Corporate Head Shots

                                        Footprint were also asked to take some head shots of the staff at Howard Civil Engineering, which we did with pleasure!

                                        Commercial Photography for Construction Companies and Civil Engineering

                                        As commercial photographers Sheffield, Footprint has plenty of experience taking photographs on construction sites for civil engineering companies such as Howard Civil Engineering. If you need quality photographs for you website, brochures or other marketing material, Footprint Photography can help. Contact them by calling 01909 519 874 or 07964 109 876. Alternatively, you can email:

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