Our series of videos “How to make a leather item” try to show how leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain) use their skills and savoir-faire in order to make worldwide recognised leather goods.

Today, it is the turn of “leather skiving”. Leather is skived in order to make the edges thinner so that the parts that need to be folded in do not get a double thick every time any edge is folded in. The video shows how a leather worker skives the parts that eventually will form a wallet using a traditional leather skiving machine.

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MCM created a bespoke case for a priceless 18th century cello owned by German virtuous cellist Jan Vogler . The case was made in order to celebrate Jan Vogler’s participation in the 34th Dresden Music Festival. MCM’s Master Craftsman handcrafted the cello case in MCM’s workshops in Munich. We recommend you to have a look at the video below, which shows the process of making this unique piece.

 

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Posted on August 16th, 2011
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The Leather Goods Manufacturing Industry in Andalusia is currently undergoing several changes that must lead to a more competitive industry. The next generation of businessmen and women that is running the leather goods factories in Andalusia is the most trained and qualified ever. The sons and daughters of the current managing directors of the leather goods workshops are taking more and more important roles in the hierarchy of the companies. These “young” men and women, unlike their parents, have University careers and look at technology and innovation as the way of becoming more and more competitive in the leather goods industry worldwide. Information and Communication Technology such as the Internet will help this industry enhance the values that Spanish leather goods hold; savoir-faire, tradition and craftsmanship. Betangible is already part of this unstoppable trend.

 

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Posted on July 26th, 2011
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Today we want to share a video in which you can see two different steps of the process of finishing a leather item (a wallet in this case). This is one of the most important processes because it is where the leather worker makes the last quality control and prepares the items before they are sent to the client. In the video you will also have the opportunity to see a technique by which a leather item can be embellished in order to add value and quality. This technique is called “Andaluz” (“Andalusian” in English). We hope you enjoy the video.

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Posted on July 14th, 2011
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The majority of people use their hands only for common things like grasping objects. Others use their hands for creating new objects that can be functional or only decorative. These people are called artisans.
Today, we would like to honour the artisans that use their hands to perform an activity that not many are able to make. We refer to those guilds that started in the Middle Ages and still keep their values and techniques. These people were called “Masters” and nowadays, they still keep their status of experienced workers.


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Posted on July 12th, 2011
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In previous videos,  we saw how the different pieces that will form the leather item are designed and cut. Once we have all the pieces of “the puzzle” (backing, lining, leather, metal trimmings …), it is time to assemble everything. For this process, the figure of the leather worker  is crucial and irreplaceable. As you will see in the video below, the exterior and the interior parts are assembled separately and then stitched together in order to get a perfectly finished product. I hope you enjoy the video.

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Posted on July 7th, 2011
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Most top quality brands consider that the “Made in Spain” label is synonymous with quality. Today we want to share with our readers a video that tries to explain the different steps involved in the process of making a shoe. As you will notice, Spanish leather goods and shoes both share values such as craftsmanship, savoir-faire and quality. That’s why Spanish manufacturers are among the most recognised artisans in the world. I hope you enjoy the video.

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Posted on July 5th, 2011
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In a previous post , we wrote about the process of making patterns. Today, we want to share a video with our readers in which you will be able to see the different steps that leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain) give in order to make all necessary patterns for making a leather product. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

 

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Posted on June 23rd, 2011
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The second part of the “leather moulding” manufacturing technique (video)  contains the final tasks of the whole process . You will be able to see how the moulded leather piece is shaped and finished. Although the videos show a continuous process , all the tasks cannot be developed in a row, I mean the leather worker has to wait for some time before starting the nest step. We hope you also enjoy this second part.

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We already posted an article on leather moulding in which we wrote about the types of leather items that were first manufactured using this technique and how it has been adapted to the different times. After having received many emails and comments about this manufacturing technique, we have filmed how a workshop in Ubrique (Andalusia-Spain) makes a moulded leather item. Today, you can enjoy the first steps of the whole process.

 

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Posted on June 9th, 2011
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