These quality buffalo leather hides are tanned using a method that emulates the traditional brain-tanning process. These are whole hides with some holes, blemishes, and scratches on the leather. Most of these imperfections are near the side of the skin. They come in different sizes and shapes. Each piece is different.
These commercial brain-tanned hides have a smoky smell and are as supple as traditional brain-tanned leather. Full hides average between 33 and 38 square feet, while half hides average 14 square feet.
These buffalo come from ranching operations and are not endangered. They are not subject to CITES, but must be inspected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service for all imports or exports. The buffalo hides we sell are a by-product of the food industry. The animals are not killed just for their hides.
There are still some wild buffalo running around in northern Canada that are heavily protected. None of the buffalo we sell come from wild herds.
A U.S. Fish & Wildlife export permit is required for all shipments outside of the United States.
The smoked deer, elk, buffalo and moose hides have a strong smell of wood smoke. This is considered to be a desirable trait by many customers, but can be overwhelming for people living in a small house or apartment. The smoke leaves creosote behind that binds with the fibers in the hide. This keeps the hide soft and flexible when wet and helps to preserve the hide, making this leather ideal for gloves and moccasins. The smoke will dissipate with time and use, but it can take years for most of the smell to leave.
It is possible to remove much of the smoke smell by placing the hide in a tub and washing it with soap and water. The hide then needs to be tacked out on a piece of plywood so it does not wrinkle when drying. We do not offer this service for customers, so please consider undertaking this project before buying these hides if you are worried about the smell of smoke being too strong.
If you like the color and want hides that have had much of the smoke smell removed, please let us know and we can offer this on a custom-order basis. It can take weeks to months to get specially prepared hides by the man who does the tanning.
Should you be unhappy with your purchase, please let us know as soon as possible. You can return the hide in its original condition for credit. You pay shipping and insurance both ways. We do not accept the return of hides that have been cut, treated, altered, processed, or damaged after shipment to you.