The Leathersellers’ Company

A step back in time….traditional tanning by Thomas Ware & Sons

Thomas Ware & Sons are traditional tanners based in Bristol, run by Liveryman Alistair Brearley.
The film was made by Duncan Parker (freelance photographer) who works mainly for BBC on natural history documentaries such as Blue Planet 2.
Pastmaster Anthony Collinson comments: This is an excellent and beautifully made film that shows that the combination of old crafts can be updated with new technology to create a world beating tannage for various high-tech leather products. The tried and tested method of tanning for one year and a day going back to William the Conquerors time, who himself was the son of a tanner, illustrates why the old methods of leather production, are still just as relevant today.
We hope you enjoy watching…..well done to Alistair, Barry and the Thomas Ware team.

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