Smorgasbord Reblog – Writer in Residence – Pure by Paul Andruss

This is one blog post you will enjoy and never forget. ☺☺

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Welcome to the Friday slot where our writer in residence, Paul Andruss shares exclusive posts for Smorgasbord, or I borrow his own posts from his blog to share. This week some less than fragrant history on the production of leather. The next time you are enjoying the soft leather of your new gloves and enjoying that particular aroma that issues forth from said objects, be grateful you were not living 200 years ago…

Leather manufacture was always a noisome business. Noisome as in smelly, not noisy: that was the slaughterhouse. Although with all those animals terrified by death and all the blood, I think slaughterhouses were pretty smelly too.

When I was a kid there was a tannery on the side of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. We often took a shortcut through a hole in the wire mesh fence between the processing warehouse and the soaking vats. Security wasn’t…

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