Well, “show”. Tell is fine too.
I hit tandy leather and got a raw veg tan side (super deal), then scored a more finished veg tan that is really supple to the touch (decent deal). I also saw that the javelina hide was on sale for $50 off, I’ve been eyeing that for ages, so I went for it. I also grabbed green leather waterstain, slowly building up a collection of colors. The highlight is definitely that javelina, it’s so interesting, check it:
probably chrome tanned, so I’ll be extra careful with ventilation, but it’s pretty thin so I bet it’ll cut nicely.
Then I went next door to Woodcraft (literally next door, this strip mall is laser heaven) and snagged a really nice piece of 1/8" curly maple.