Educational film showing the processes involved in tanning leather.
British Instructional Films.
Animal skins arrive at a factory in a big bundle. They are inspected. The skins are soaked and washed. Men put the skins into a large vat. Water is poured on the skins and a paddle turns around to wash the skins. Skins are taken out of the vats and laid flat. They are treated with lime solution which loosens the hair and flesh. The fur is peeled off with a special tool. The skins are flattened out by a mangle. The skins are moved by trolley and thrown into another washing machine. The pure pelt is shown in C/U. Tanning the leather. A large mill wheel is seen. The skins are placed into large vats, white powder is measured into a bucket then poured into a barrel. Steam is added. The door of the vat is closed and the vat is turned by machine. The vats stop turning after a few hours. The skins are taken out of the barrel and stretched. They are now leather.
Finishing processes are shown. A liquid (dye?) is painted on to the pelt. The pelts are hung up to dry. The skins are stretched over a moving wheel. Machines flatten the skins. Gauges are seen. The pelts are marked with chalk. A man inspects the leather by pulling it with his fingers. The pelts are wrapped up in brown paper and string.