The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The currier., p. 42
42 THE CURRIER. THE Currier prepares hides which have been under the hands of the tanner, for the use of shoe-makers, saddlers, coach- makers, book-binders, &c. In dress- ing leather for shoes, it is first soaked in water till thoroughly wet; then the flesh side is shaved on a board called a beam-board; and the Currier uses a knife which has two edges, the blade rectangular, about twelve inches long, and from four to six inches wide. The skin is thrown over the beam with the flesh side outwards, and the man keeps it in its position by the pressure of his knees, as he leans over the beam. The knife is then applied horizontally to -the leather, and by repeated strokes down- wards it is reduced to the substance re- quired. After shaving, scouring is per- formed by rubbing the grain or hair side with a piece of pumice-stone, or some other stone of a good grit. When the skin is quite dry it undergoes other operations; then whitening or paring succeeds: it is then boarded up or grained again, when it is fit for waxing, which is performed by rubbing it with a brush. After other ope- rations it is curried. ,
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