These are good quality U.S. or Canadian buffalo skins that have been tanned in either Canada, the U.S., or Peru--as stated on each individual hide. The hides are soft and supple. We have winter hides and summer hides. Winter hides have nicer and longer hair than summer hides. The hides that are tanned in the U.S. are nice and soft with a cream or tan backing. Hides from Peru are typically chrome-tanned and tend to have a stiffer feel and a gold color backing.
We offer Craft Grade buffalo hides for people who need more material than commonly found in scrap, but not a full #1 hide. These often have quite a bit of fur on them and permit the making of larger craft items. The areas without fur can be used for buffalo leather. Please note that the white areas on the hides are where the hair is missing. The white areas are leather, not white hair.
We also cut up some of the Craft Grade hides into Partials for customers who need a sizeable piece of buffalo hide, but less than a whole hide and more than trimmings.
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.
Product of Canada or the USA; Tanned in Canada, Peru, or the USA
Q: How much does it cost to ship a buffalo to me?
A: Where do you live. We need your shipping address in order to provide a quote.
Q: Do the buffalo hides have a smell to them?
A: All fur products will have some smell. There is only a slight smell to the buffalo. We have a lot of moth balls in our warehouse, so the hides may have a slight aroma for a few days until they air out.
Q: Can I return the hide if I don't like it?
A: Of course. All we ask is that you let us know within five days of receipt that you are not happy with the hide. You pay shipping and insurance both ways. We will refund your payment when the hide arrives in our warehouse in the same condition as when it left.
Q: Can I use the hides as a rug or on a couch?
A: Yes. The hides do not have a hollow hair. Unlike reindeer or other members of the deer family with hollow hair, buffalo hair does not fall out if you walk on it or sit on it. We cannot guarantee that no hair will ever fall out, but we have never seen extensive shedding or problems with these skins.
Q: How do I clean my hide?
A: The best way to clean a hide is to have a furrier drum this with special chemicals for the fur trade. This usually requires shipping it somewhere and can be expensive. Most people find that beating the hides outside helps to remove dirt. You can use a wool cleaner for small areas (just dampen the area, do not soak the skin). Do not put this skin in a larger washing machine because they are not designed to handle this.
Q: Where do the buffalo hides come from?
A: Most hides come from buffalo ranches. The animals are raised for meat. The hides are a by-product of the food industry.
Q: Can we ship in bulk?
A: Yes. We can ship up to 40 hides at a time using a sturdy crate as seen below.