Brain tanned leather.
The hide pictured is 8.3 square feet.
Some sewn small holes.
Please let us know what type of project you will be working on so we can assist you in picking the best hide! If you’re looking for the ideal material for a vest, shirt, coat, pants, moccasins, bag or more, we’d sure like to help!
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 hide onto a wooden frame, to stretch and work it dry, making it 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.
Bullets and the tanning process itself leave some imperfections or holes on the hides, but in general, this is very minimal. Some, but not all, hides have scars on them from the deer fighting or going under barbed wire fences. 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.
Our leather is great for:
- Native American Dancers
- historical re-enactors
- mountain men
- long hunters
- costume designers
- primitive wilderness crafts
- quill workers
- bead workers
- and anyone who loves beautiful, unique, and soft leather!
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