I have been noticing recently that after shaving "to the blue" I am experiencing some thickening in the leather after it comes out of the tanning bath. Does anyone have any suggestions or reasons as to why this may be occurring?
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As the tanning agent bonds to the fibers - you can expect a slight change of color. This is considered normal. In fact, depending on what you use for your tanning agent - it may have some "filling" qualities that would defiitely whiten out the skin and even add some slight thickness to it. What you describe (without seeing it) sounds very normal.