Leather hides are first passed through a staking machine which uses a series of vibrating rollers to soften the recently dried rigid hide. The surface effects and stiffness can be enhanced further by using combinations of dry tumbling and oiling. This occurs in large drums that run from between 2 and 12 hours depending on the desired outcome. Once the leather is finished to the specified effect the hides are split down to the appropriate thickness before having any edge imperfections trimmed away. In stacks of several hundred the hides are finally transported to the distribution room above where they measured, sorted and packed for shipping.