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Dominik Matus

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271 days ago

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.

Myth busters - shark skin

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#1 posted 270 days ago

I’m guessing off of a shark?

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#2 posted 270 days ago

Yes, true really shark skin.

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#3 posted 270 days ago

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

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#4 posted 270 days ago

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 270 days ago

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 270 days ago

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 270 days ago

Cool! I didn’t know that.

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Dominik Matus

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#8 posted 269 days ago

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 269 days ago

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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Dominik Matus

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#10 posted 269 days ago

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 269 days ago

shark skin hide

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#12 posted 269 days ago

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 269 days ago

wrestle a shark for its skin???

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