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Economy Grade Natural Veg Tan Shoulders

4.91 out of 5
(46 customer reviews)


Full Grain, Natural, Vegetable Tanned, Un-dyed Shoulders including Cheeks. Economy Grade. Average sizes vary with thickness.

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Our Economy Grade Natural Veg Tan shoulders offer extremely good value for money. A reasonable quality at a great price.

These shoulders are available in small sizes or half shoulders where applicable, and so offer the perfect starting point for the novice leather-worker and those just starting out in leathercraft: you can practice your skills without breaking the bank. Then once you’ve mastered your craft you can consider progressing onto the regular and even premium grades. 

These are of a lower quality, with marks, blemishes and more irregular shapes. Great for re-enactment. Not suitable for belts. 

Re-enactment Soling, Embossing, Carving and Tooling Practice, Armour, Scabbards, Sheaths

Average sizes – prices vary for each size

The 1.2-1.6mm thickness: Full Shoulder 17 – 21 SQFT

The 1.6-2.0mm thickness: Full Shoulder 14.75 – 19.75 SQFT

The 2.0-2.4mm thickness: Half Shoulder 8 SQFT (approx.) or Full Shoulder 17.00-21.00 SQFT

The 2.5-3.0mm thickness: Full Shoulder 14 – 19 SQFT

The 3.0-3.5mm thickness: Full Shoulder 15- 19 SQFT

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1.2-1.6mm, 1.6-2.0mm, 2.0-2.4mm, 2.5-3.0mm, 3.0-3.5mm




Full Shoulders (with cheeks)

46 reviews for Economy Grade Natural Veg Tan Shoulders

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Potter (verified owner)

    If you’re after a really tough and stiff veg tan, this is what you need.
    Edges slick beautifully and whilst tooling takes a good amount of effort, it holds the forms really nicely.
    Ideal for stiff, structural panels on bags (I use it for the front panels of sporrans)
    Make sure your knife is freshly sharpened!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Wright (verified owner)

    A great buy, in my opinion. For economy I was expecting marks and damage all over, this was not the case. A beautiful piece of leather with only one slight flaw that is obvious (and easy to work around).
    A good, stiff, workable leather. I’ve just finished a knife sheath out of it and am really happy with the results. I’d definitely buy again

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Mitchell (verified owner)

    A good strong leather with very little by way of imperfections considering it is the economy stock. Would defiantly consider buying it again.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim Kane (verified owner)

    Ideal for the price paid. Nice light tanning so it colours well. Great for wet moulding. NIce on the flesh side too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alison Bates (verified owner)

    Arrived swiftly and was larger than I thought it would be 3specially for the price. Good, stiff, with a regular thickness and an even light colour which is perfect for my pattern. Will definitely purchase again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liz May

    A great piece of leather for the price and larger than expected too. Only one or two marks which I can easily work around. I ordered 1.6-2.0 but it was 1.2-1.6 according to my gauge but I’m not an expert and it’ll be good enough. Nice colour. Prompt delivery too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darren Chadwick (verified owner)

    Really happy with the quality of this leather. Not many flaws at all, and nearly as good as their regular grade leather. Flesh side good too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alan (verified owner)

    I bought the economy grade leather to make up prototypes, but now looking at the quality, I’m in two minds now. Good quality leather for the price. I ordered it about 12:30 and it arrived the next morning. Great service. Highly recommend JWoodleathers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alan Godward (verified owner)

    Mainly bought for practicing tooling, I think that idea is out of the window mainly now. For an economy piece of leather the quality is good. Very pleased with the service, delivered the next day. I have visited the warehouse previously and got some great advice when I was first starting out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Thrumble (verified owner)

    My first project and I didn’t have a clue what I needed, asked these guys some questions and advised me really well. Very pleased with the leather, super quick delivery, I’ll definitely be buying again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John (verified owner)

    Nice piece of leather for the price. Disappointed with delivery. Took five days , but understand due to time of year and COVID

  12. 5 out of 5

    IAN MAYO (verified owner)

    High quality product at a reasonable price with great customer service and speedy delivery.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nigel Sherwood (verified owner)

    This is my first time ordering leather for tooling and was a little unsure what to expect, I can not believe that this is the economy grade amazing, it has one major defect that has been cut out (about the size of a 10p piece) the rest of the minor blemishes are down the center spine of the shoulders and should be able to work around with minimal wastage. The only problem was with the courier company who couldn’t find my workshop because he couldn’t be bothered to read the address properly (it was very clearly written.) First class,very impressed will order again.
    Thank you

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Hill (verified owner)

    Always excellent leather, and this time delivery was next day, brilliant. Great price for excellent product, I use it to make sheaths and it tools great.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pete Miller

    Very impressed with this company, that much so I placed another order the next day. Quality is great and professional in their dealings. Will be placing more orders very soon. Next day delivery is awesome.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alan Barr (verified owner)

    Really pleased with the quality, far better thank expected .

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paul Bradley (verified owner)

    Lovely leather for the price with great service too

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ian Mansfield (verified owner)

    As always the service is fantastic and the leather is perfect for the knife sheaths I make. J Woods is the first not place I buy my leather.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve Hill (verified owner)

    I’ve used these a few times for leather, I use it for sheaths for knives and axes. Though it’s economy it’s consistently excellent.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dean Thompson (verified owner)

    I regularly buy leather from these guys. I have never been disappointed with the quality. Delivery has always been next day. Prices are just right. If the prices went up I’d have to shop elsewhere but at the moment they have my business. Can not knock the service.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tom Peckham (verified owner)

    I am an absolute amateur at leather work. However, I wished to make a leather cover for an instrument. I approached J. Wood Leathers for advice. I was delighted with their help and the leather I subsequently ordered was just right and the shipping was so speedy that I was astonished when it arrived. Excellent service.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Baumeister-Walker (verified owner)

    The leather was good and worked quite well for the project I was using it for. Had a bit of trouble with the delivery company delivering it to my neighbours and not notifying me it was delivered elsewhere, but after contacting jwoodleathers they got it sorted very quickly.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alan Godward (verified owner)

    Yet again, the economy leather is exceptional quality. I noted that a competitor had some which is just over half the size of the piece I bought, for roughly the same money. It’s a no brainer buying from JWood Leather. Very quick delivery.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alan Godward (verified owner)

    I use JWood Leather frequently, and they never disappoint on quality and service. The leather is always good quality. Very quick delivery and we’ll wrapped. Really recommend JWood leather!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Llewellyn Morgan (verified owner)

    Excellent quality and very little in the way of marks which was great to see given this was an economy grade. Will be purchasing more leather from here as is great value for the money

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sam (verified owner)

    Perfect for what I needed. First attempt at wet molding and working with a stiffer leather I expected more to be unusable than I got. Like many others the quality is much better than I expected for economy and the size is great! Does take a bit of elbow grease to get any carving to hold well but still beautiful to work with for leather armour or anything that need to hold it own shape etc.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alan Kennedy (verified owner)

    Excellent service, excellent value, excellent quality from J Wood Leathers. Arrived next day and well protected. For an economy slice it is a terrific buy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alan Kennedy (verified owner)

    Good size piece, little wastage. Have opened an account and will definitely be buying again.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul Sheppard (verified owner)

    First purchase. For an economy grade purchase I have received a large quality piece of leather completely free of any visible marks away from edges – most impressed. Order placed on a Sunday; goods delivered on Tuesday – great service. Couldn’t ask for more and have absolutely no hesitation in recommending. Thank you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Klee (verified owner)

    Great value for money! Eco grade, but still great quality, very usable material, small marks but not a lot of waste at all. Arrived very sharp.

  31. 5 out of 5

    Clare Hallam mcshea (verified owner)

    I’m new to leather craft and prior to purchasing an economy shoulder I was paying a lot of money for small pieces of eBay . I was over the moon when it arrived the amount you get for the money is fantastic and the quality is brilliant! I will only buy leather from j woods from now on . Also the customer service when I messaged regarding which cut to buy for my needs was brilliant I cant praise them enough 🙂

  32. 5 out of 5

    Tim ward (verified owner)

    Good quality for the price with barely any scratches on the hide. Great for knife sheaths. Quick delivery.

  33. 5 out of 5

    Conner Hill (verified owner)

    I’ve just begun leatherworking and shopped around for ages for leather. Everything was just exorbitantly priced or sketchy. The leather comes with some minor imperfections but it is truly excellent for initial projects and beyond – you can finish this leather really nicely. It’s real value for money. I’m certainly coming back.

  34. 5 out of 5

    Ian Addison (verified owner)

    super nice clean leather nice size half shoulder.

  35. 5 out of 5

    Stephen (verified owner)

    Really great quality. I’ll definitely be getting again

  36. 5 out of 5

    Chris Jackson (verified owner)

    Fast delivery looks great should last a while will definitely buy again 👍🏻

  37. 5 out of 5

    John Canning (verified owner)

    Excellent service and great quality for an item that was advertised as “economy”. I have had worse from companies advertising as “A” and Even “AAA” grade.
    Great communication and uses a decent courier.
    Will definitely purchase again, once I have worked my way through this massive hide.
    Very competitively priced even if it had been “economy”.

  38. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Sydney (verified owner)

    Excellent service. My order was processed early the following morning and dispatched the same day. Courier service from DHL was also quick and arrived an hour earlier than expected.

    The leather was very good quality although it’s the Economy range it is almost perfect apart from a few marks here and there which I can easily work around.

    As a new starter to leather crafting I am very happy with my first ‘proper’ purchase and will definitely be using J Wood leathers again

  39. 5 out of 5

    EMANUELA TITEICA (verified owner)

    everything perfect,the leather,communication,shipping;thank you;will buy again

  40. 5 out of 5

    Peter MacMillan

    My first purchase from J Wood and I will certainly be using them again. Excellent service and prompt delivery. Easily a five star rating.

  41. 5 out of 5

    Paul jennings (verified owner)

    Really good quality. Dyes tools really well.

  42. 5 out of 5

    Anne-Marie Stavert (verified owner)

    Really pleased with my purchase – great quality leather, very reasonable price and delivered the very next day. Excellent service, thank you, and highly recommended

  43. 5 out of 5

    Terry Bridger (verified owner)

    Great stuff. I use it primarily for knife sheaths and it’s perfectly suited. Excellent price and fantastic service as always from J Wood leathers.

  44. 5 out of 5

    jeffrey noad (verified owner)

    I’m new to leather work so I went for economy veg tan ,very friendly staff answered all my questions .
    fast delivery well packaged everything you would expect from a professional company 5star all the way.
    Jeff noad

  45. 5 out of 5

    Paul Stone (verified owner)

    Exactly what I needed for knife sheaths, good quality even tho I got the economy, will definitely be ordering from here again, quick response and fast delivery, highly recommend

  46. 5 out of 5

    Nick Hutchinson (verified owner)

    Not used the leather yet, but it looks exactly what I need. Good website, simple to navigate. Quick delivery. Definitely will buy from you again. Well done!

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