This is the view of the tanyard with the pits drained, so you can see down into them. Quite a picture! This was an
amazing place. There was no reason for this tannery to shut down. It was the right size, had the right knowledge in the work place, etc. The problem was the controlling interests decided to cash in at a low time in American History - right after the 9-11; which had affected every
The leather was brought out of the pits, and then it was ran through a wringer to get the water out. It was ran
through a set out machine to take the wrinkles out. It was then put on racks with hooks, to basically stretch the leather, while it was being taken up to the tacking boards on the upper floors for drying. Sometimes it would be finished into various leathers, prior to doing this. This
Once it was semi dry, it would be plated to smooth it out some, and to give it a nice finished look as denoted below.
It then would be run through a buffer to clean up the back side of the leather, or if the saddle maker wanted to buff the back side to make rough out leather. Sometimes it would be sent to the paint dept. to be spray dyed to make a bridle type leather, and then it might go to the
Lace Leather that has been ran through a lace machine and is ready to bundle.
Measure Machine, and Strap Lace Cutting Machines are depicted below. All Leather is measured, prior to going to the shipping room. Most of it is either sold by the foot, the lb, or by the side. All leather yields are recorded for record keeping of average footages, and production reports.
The Old Moser Leather Company Shipping Room - Hundreds of Hides!