Taking place on April 3-4, the Leather Orientation course will cover a wide range of leather related issues such as physical structure, species identification, hide supply, wet-end and finishing operations, regulations, testing and customer acceptance issues. Attendees will be given an in-depth tour of the Leather Research Laboratory and will have a book with various leather samples to take home and use as a reference.

The Leather Research Laboratory will also be offering the Raw Hide to Crust course for the third year, in conjunction with the American Leather Chemists Association (ALCA) and the USDA Eastern Regional Research Center. The course uses the text from the ALCA Correspondence Course and draws on industry experts to give participants the skills necessary to transform raw hides into one of nature’s most beautiful materials. The hands-on course will use the pilot tannery at the USDA’s ERRC facility and is designed to be completed over two weeks.

For further information and to register, please contact Louisa Passano: passanlb@ucmail.uc.edu. A more detailed agenda can also be found on www.leatherusa.org under the Laboratory News button.