“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” (Proverbs 12:10)
I tan animal skins. I like sheep, and goats and deer are OK. No cows or larger. I will do smaller skins. I do good work and you’ll love them.
Where to buy?
Either contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the queue or visit Bell’s Farm on Whidbey Island. They may have some in stock. I don’t provide a phone number because I constantly get spam calls no matter what. Include your phone in your email and I will call you.
My rate is $80 to $360 per skin, depending on the finish type, size, quality, and difficulty. Most everything is done by hand. Each skin takes 3-8 hours of labor intensive work to complete. I make all my own tools.
Skins provided by a customer are usually completed at a reduced price.
If you plan to provide a skin: Have a plan to preserve it as soon as possible. Either salt or freeze it. Salting is preferred as it makes it easier to handle.
If it smells bad, it is bad. A fresh skin shouldn’t stink any different than the animal did when alive.
This option is available. Keep in mind though, it will not be as flexible as mass produced leathers, since I’m just one guy. Once I build a tumbler this will change.
Caring for your hide
If you skin is a ‘rawhide‘ finish, unworked: it is very delicate and can not get wet. If it does get wet, dry it as soon as you can, and make sure no parts of the skin touch each other while it is drying. It should be stretched out while drying. You can cover the skin side with salt, and this will preserve it while is dries. This type of skin is not guaranteed against failure, and there is no return on it once sold.
If you skin is a synthetic tan, your skin can get wet and will not rot. It should not stay wet for very long though, as issues like hairs slipping out are likely and normal bacterial growth will occur. Returns accepted if in good condition. These need to be stretched-dry if they get soaking wet to where the skin is limp like a noodle.
Caring for hair: Wool will compact with use, and it can be brushed out with the same kind of brush and style you would use if the animal was alive. Gentle strokes.
Cleaning: See if your local dry cleaner is familiar with cleaning hides. At home, a dry shampoo may be used. If you can avoid getting the skin wet, do so. Animal urine, like cats, don’t come out of anything, including sheepskins. Not recommended you buy one if you can’t keep it away from pets, they love them.
Your synthetically tanned sheepskin should hold up to normal wear and tear for at least 5 years.