Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Smoke Tanned Traditional Hide and a Mineral Tanned Artisan Hide?

 

Each Smoke Tanned Traditional Hide is tanned in-house, in California, by hand, using traditional, historic tanning practices. Each hide is one of a kind, made with love and care. The finished Traditional Hide has a natural, organic quality and feel, that is more consistent of a handmade item. 

Each Mineral Tanned Artisan Hide is tanned in a commercial tannery in California, utilizing classic, antique tanning machinery. The finished Artisan Hide has a more commercial look & feel, and a supple skin consistency. 

  • All hides have been carefully chosen for their unique quality and potential. 

  • All hides are a byproduct of the meat industry, and are rescued from the waste stream.

  • All hides have some remnants of vegetable matter that tell the story of the life of the animal.

 

 

How do I care for my Mineral Tanned Artisan Hide?

 

To keep your Mineral Tanned Artisan Hide in prime condition, we recommend regularly airing it out by gently shaking and brushing if needed. Keep the hide out of direct sun for prolonged periods of time as this may dry the leather out.

 

The lanolin found on sheep's wool has natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, so with careful care, your hide should only need to be washed on rare occasions. If needed, your Mineral Tanned Artisan Hide may be hand washed (or spot-washed) using organic soap. This is not recommended to do regularly because it is a leather product. To wash, carefully wet the wool side while keeping the skin/leather side dry, add a small amount of liquid soap, hand scrub, brush if needed, rinse thoroughly, ring out, carefully shake and hang to dry in a warm place, and gently stretch as it dries. If the leather/skin of your hide happens to become wet due to weather or washing please make sure it dries out as quickly as possible to avoid mold.

 

With proper care and tending your investment will last a lifetime!

How do I care for my Smoke Tanned Traditional Hide?

To keep your Smoke Tanned Traditional Hide in prime condition, we recommend regularly airing it out by gently shaking and brushing if needed. Keep the hide out of direct sun for prolonged periods of time as this may dry the leather out.

 

The lanolin found on sheep's wool has natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, so with careful care, your hide should only need to be washed on rare occasions. If needed, your Smoke Tanned Mineral Hide may be hand washed (or spot-washed) using organic soap. This is not recommended to do regularly because it is a leather product. To wash, carefully wet the wool side while keeping the skin/leather side dry, add a small amount of liquid soap, hand scrub, brush if needed, rinse thoroughly, ring out, carefully shake and hang to dry in a warm place, and gently stretch as it dries. If the leather/skin of your hide happens to become wet due to weather or washing please make sure it dries out as quickly as possible to avoid mold.

 

With proper care and tending your investment will last a lifetime!

Do you take custom orders?

Sometimes! There is availability from time to time for a custom order. Please contact me and we can discuss what you are looking for.