After settling in Sydney in the late 1800s, the Birdsall family commenced tanning sheepskins in 1883 at the North Botany Tannery (now known as Mascot). The large tannery prospered over five generations – and 105 years – supplying quality leather skins to a national and international market.
In 1988, the Mascot tannery closed and David & Judy Birdsall then opened a smaller tannery in Chegwyn Street, Botany.
Now in our 137th year (2020), David & Judy’s son, Andrew Birdsall, has moved this small family tannery to Taren Point, south of Sydney. Now into its fifth generation (and sixth generation too!), Andrew – along with his wife Shane, & daughter Katlyn, and brother Scott, with wife Louise – still embrace the business and continue the family tradition, producing high quality leathers, a broad product range, and servicing a local and international market.
Birdsall Leather specializes in kangaroo skins which have been vegetable tanned for lace and leathercraft. We also produce alum tanned redhide for whipmaking, together with leathercraft supplies, which play a major part of our product mix, including tooling sides, shoulders and exotic skins plus all types of tools, dyes and finishes. Stylish cowhide hair rugs are also available and other exotic skins such as Mongolian and Icelandic sheep skins which are new to the range.
Leathercraft classes will be back up and running in the coming months after our big move. They are weekly for those wanting to learn this wonderful craft along with workshops on specific projects like shoes, whips, journals, plaiting, molding and much more.
Follow us on Facebook (Birdsall Leather) or instagram (@birdsallleathercraft) or join our mailing list to hear all the news. Buying on-line is easy and mail order is our specialty. However, please note: Amidst the current COVID-19 conditions, please bear in mind that out shop front is currently closed to the public. Our phone lines are open to help in any way we can, so if you need help with an online order please don’t hesitate to contact us. We all need to take these measures to ensure our small business can operate and stay open in the future. Please check the website for future updates.
On behalf of the Birdsall Team we hope for everyone to stay safe and healthy.
Birdsall Leather, 6 Bay Rd, Taren Point NSW 2229 Australia