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We went looking for the very finest quality wax  and found it in Australia.

Imported directly from Australia, for the first time, you can buy Tenterfield leather wax in the UK.

Tenterfield have Over 129 years of building honest value into saddles and other leather articles and this is your guarantee of satisfaction.

This is a premium wax from Australia, that Feed & nourish leather, containing a very special blend of waxes and oils including canaubria and bees wax.

From a recipe handed down since 1870 a multi-purpose leather wax for the cleaning and waterproofing, leather belts, boots, saddles & Tack, leathers.

Natural Water repellent properties. Not suitable for sued or nubuck.

History of Leather


Primitive people who lived during the Ice Age some 500,000 years ago, were likely the first to use the skins of animals to protect their bodies from the elements. Just as leather today is a byproduct, our ancient ancestors hunted animals primarily for food, but once they had eaten the meat, they would clean the skin by scraping off the flesh and then sling it over their shoulders as a crude form of a coat.

The main problem that primitive man encountered was that after a relatively short time the skins decayed and rotted away. With his limited knowledge and experi- ence, primitive man had no idea how to preserve these hides. As centuries passed it was noticed that several things could slow down the decay of leather. If the skins were stretched out and allowed to dry in the sun, it made them stiff and hard but they lasted much longer. Various oily substances were then rubbed into the skins to soften them. As time passed, it was eventually discovered that the bark of certain trees contained "tannin" or tannic
acid which could be used to convert raw skins into what we recognize today as leather. It is quite hard to substan- tiate chronologically at exactly what time this tanning method materialized, but the famous "Iceman" dating from at least 5,000 BC discovered in the Italian Alps several years ago, was clothed in very durable leather. Somewhat later, techniques used by the American In- dian are very similar to those used in this early period. These Indians took the ashes from their campfires, put water on them and soaked the skins in this solution. In a few weeks the hair and bits of flesh came off, leaving only the raw hide. This tanning method, which used a solution of hemlock and oak bark, took about three months to complete after which the leather was worked by hand to make the hide soft and pliable.

Leather Types

Ve g e t a b l e o r B a r k Ta n n e d L e a t h e r

Leather tanned in the traditional way using wood extract is now mostly found as harness or bridle leather for saddles and harnesses, craft leather used for embossing and carving and sole leather for footwear.

C h r o m e Ta n n e d L e a t h e r
Leather tanned using chromium salts, which is the more commonly used leather in footwear, clothing, upholstery & leathergoods.


Finished Leather

The term ‘finishing’ refers to the further processing of the leather. The aim is to adapt the leather, de- pending on the quality of the hide and to suit the fashion demands of the consumer with regard to col- our, surface effect, etc., by treating with dyestuff so- lutions, pigment preparation, top coats and lacquers or by means of mechanical treatment such as plating, embossing or dry drumming.

1.     Aniline—dyed & top coat. Only best or blemish free hides a suitable as any marks or scars would show

2.   Semi-aniline—dyed, minimal pigment & top coat.

3.    Pigmented or Finished—dyed, printed (embossed) effect, pigment & top coat.

4.    Antique—dyed, printed (embossed), lighter colour base pigment, 1st finish coat, darker pigment coat, which is par- tially removed during manufacture of the finished article giving the ‘antique’ effect & top coat.


•        Top grain—the epidermis layer with the hair removed.

•        Full grain—top grain that has had no treatment for blemishes.

•        Corrected grain—top grain, which has been buffed (sanded) to remove  Blemishes before embossing & finishing.

•        Split—the layer split from the back of the top grain, which is used as suede or is coated with polymer resins and finished with an artificial grain.

Suede & Nubuck

Suede is made from the split and buffed to leave a nap and
has no finish. Nubuck is top grain leather which has been buffed to leave a very fine nap and has no finish.


Leather Care
Vegetable or Bark Tanned Leather Vegetable tanned leather may have no finish or may have a finish however it is more likely to ‘dry out’ than chrome tanned leather. Traditionally vegetable tanned leather is cleaned using saddle soap and treated with oils such as neatsfoot oil, dubbin or coachaline.

The use of The Tanners Leather Wax, which contains natural bees wax carnauba wax and neatsfoot oil together with a water repellent agent is recommended for vegeta- ble tanned leather. Also recommended for work boots to waterproof & prevent cracking.

Chrome Tanned Leather
Chrome tanned leather which is finished should meet in-
ternational standards for wear resistance (dry rubbing) and flexing. Unlike vegetable tanned leather, chrome tanned leather has the lubricating oils fixed in the hide during the tanning process. The care regime is therefore more relative to maintaining the finish rather than the hide itself. The use of alkaline cleaning products such as sad- dle soap or pure soap is  not suitable as it will damage the finish. Since the finishes on finished leather is there to provide a protective layer the use of ‘conditioners’ are not appropriate but products which provide protection to the finish is recommended.

The The Tanners Leather Cleaner

which removes the soiling from the finish & Leather Protector, which pro- vides a protective layer to the finish, are recommended for a long serviceable life for your leather articles.

Suede & Nubuck
Suede & nubuck do not have a finish and should be main- tained with a suitable cleaner together with a water & oil
repellent spray with soil release to minimise staining and to enable easier cleaning.

The The Tanners Suede & Nubuck Cleaner removes most soiling from suede and the The Tanners Suede & Nubuck Protector provides water & oil repelency and aids in the cleaning process.


Sheepskin is a combination of the wool fibre and leather which has been tanned. It therefore needs a special detergent which washes the wool pile withour damaging the leather. Detergents, which contain en- zymes,  phosphates,  peroxide,  alkali  or  bleach    can cause irreversible damage to the leather. Woolskin contains none of these chemicals.


Woolskin was developed to maintain the comfort and therapeutic   advantages   of   wool   and   sheepskin products, such as: Medical Sheepskins, sheepskin car seat covers, sheepskin baby rugs,  sheepskin clothing and footwear. Maintaining the special texture of woollen products is very dependent on the laundering process and type of detergent used.

Woolskin: Sheepskin shampoo & woolwash with conditioner, is formulated using the latest in tanning technology.  Woolskin will wash the wool fibres and skin  and  add a  ‘conditioner’  that will  maintain  the softness and feel of both

Woolskin has applications for domestic, hospital and commercial laundry use.

Pure new wool has a coating of protein around each fibre. This protein acts as a shield or barrier that contributes to the air circulation between wool fibres. Sheepskin  and  wool  create  a    unique  comfort  and have therapeutic advantages not seen in other materials..

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