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.

Chicken foot leather

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.

Chicken foot leather closeup

Chicken foot leather close-up

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?

4 Responses to “Coolest.leather.ever.”

By Dr. Russ - 18 January 2010 Reply

What about inlays? You wouldn’t necessarily have to worry about the scales–depending on the size of the inlay.

By Monica - 19 January 2010 Reply

Cool! I can’t wait to hear what you end up doing with your new chicken foot leather! I have some and thought I’d use it for inlays (like Dr. Russ mentioned) but I haven’t used it yet. Happy Birthday!

By elissa - 25 January 2010 Reply

Monica –

Where did you get your leather?


By elissa - 25 January 2010 Reply

Dr. Russ & Monica –

I don’t know why I didn’t think of inlays right off. I think that’s exactly what I’d like to do. Now I just need to take a class on how to do it.


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