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11-23-2013 10:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shark skin leather sanding sand paper

Hi everybody. Does anybody know where to get shark leather? I want to use it sometimes for “sanding” wood. It as used in history for smoothing very fine carvings, no sand remains in wood. I find some shops, but it’s expensive as hell because it’s for decorating.

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#1 posted 11-24-2013 10:41 PM

I’m guessing off of a shark?

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#2 posted 11-24-2013 10:42 PM

Yes, true really shark skin.

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 01:12 AM

You could try looking for vintage cowboy boots made from shark skin and just repurpose it.

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 01:23 AM

I don’t think tanned leather works. If he wants to try and use it as sandpaper he needs it untanned (shagreen). I don’t know of anyplace in the US that sells untanned exotic leathers – there’s probably a law here against that.

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 01:48 AM

I know that the first nations people on the west coast used the skins of dogfish (a type of shark) as sandpaper for their canoes. If you live on the west coast and you know a fisherman, you might be able to convince him to give you some of the skin. Dogfish are generally thought of as a garbage fish of little commercial value, so most fishermen throw them back.

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 01:56 AM

That sounds like a good idea, but he’s in the Czech Republic. That’s just a wee bit away from the west coast, or the east coast, or any coast for that matter. :)

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 02:12 AM

Cool! I didn’t know that.

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 08:47 PM

It’s very difficult to get it. I want to try how shagreen from ray and shark can sand. Ray skin is easily available on Ebay, but skin of any shark not. I have a aunt in Nort Carolina near beach, do you think she can get some?

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#9 posted 11-25-2013 10:08 PM

You can ask her. It can’t hurt to try. There are sharks off the coast there. She’d have to find someone willing to catch a shark and skin it for you. And then there is the problem of mailing raw sharkskin from the US to Europe.

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#10 posted 11-25-2013 10:20 PM

I already asked. She told me it’s possible to get it. So I think we should manage something this: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/products/

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#11 posted 11-25-2013 10:25 PM

shark skin hide

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#12 posted 11-25-2013 11:41 PM

Les Fils de J George in Paris lists and used to sell shagreen for veneer use. I’m not sure if they still stock it or not. I was there recently and their inventory of many listed veneers is low or out of stock.
http://www.george-veneers.com/galuchat.htm

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#13 posted 11-26-2013 12:40 AM

wrestle a shark for its skin???

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