I am not 100% positive guys, but as far as I know the gar hide does not tan. It would not stretch over a last at all. Seth is 100% correct on the fact that it would be unstitchable. Now foteef has a good idea with putting a strip say in the tops. If it does tan well, it could possibly be inlayed into a top. It would be a trick keeping in on there without stitching it, but I think it would be doable. Ive seen silver and gold plate inlays. A piece like that would be do able.