My sneaky husband managed to pull off a surprise birthday party for me this weekend. I seriously had no idea and trust me, it is not easy to hide something from me.
Among the super presents I received was something I’ve never heard off, let alone seen – chicken foot leather.
Yes, you read that right. Leather. From the foot of a chicken.
The whole skin is about 6.24″ long and 4.25″ wide, toe to toe. Each toe is about 7/8″ wide. The surface is scaly – when you bend it, the scales lift up a bit. I imagine that for bookbinding, you’d have to use it so that the edges of the scales run parallel to grain – the leather is most flexible in this direction.
According to one of the gift-givers, Richard Langdell, this stuff is quite the rage right now. I had a hard time finding anything online about this stuff. I did discover Leather Plaza, which provided minimal information. I was, however, happy to learn that chicken does in fact, taste like chicken.
So now all I have to do is figure out what to make with it. The leather is pretty narrow, so size is limited. Any ideas?