Brain tanned leather.
Traditionally tanned deer hide.
The hide pictured is 10.1 square feet.
1 sewn tear: on edge near front shoulder about 4″ long
2 sewn holes: one, opposite shoulder 2″ long, & one 1″ long about 3″ from edge
1 open hole: small sized near center of hide
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With traditional brain tanning,the leather is not thinned to an even thickness, so they retain their natural density (each hide has varying degrees of thickness throughout). I lace the hides onto a wooden frame, to stretch and work them dry, making them lay fairly flat for cutting patterns. Smoking the leather is the final step, (if you would like a hide left in the white, let us know!), and I mainly use Quaking Aspen for this.
The perfect hide is hard to come by, because of naturally occurring scars from deer fighting, going under barbed wire fences, and holes left from hunter’s bullets. I tend to fix most of the holes, which I sew shut with artificial sinew (waxed linen thread). Colors aren’t completely even, as shown in pictures.
Buckskin pants and knife case I made myself with some of the first leather I ever tanned.
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