posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 11:43 AM
reply to post by tribewilder
I am certain that will proper care, mine or anyone elses leather work will last several lifetimes if not forever. It's all about keeping the leather
oiled and well maintained. The stitching is always going to be an issue due to natural breakdown of the fibers but I and a lot of other Leathersmiths
use a bee's wax coated Linen thread.
Bee's wax is almost indestructable, it doesn't rot or mold and helps to protect the Linen thread for moisture so it doesn't decay.
There are plenty of examples in Museums of Linen and leather goods from the Medieval Period (and earlier ages) that are still in excellent condition
(considering the fact that it was buried for centuries of course).
Plus with the proper stitching technique (Saddler's Stitch) even if one row of threads were to come loose completely there is still a seperate row of
stitching that will hold the item together just fine. So it's is quite plausable to say that leather work can last forever.