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Wes Housler
22 Bell Canyon Road, Cloudcroft N.M. 88317
E-mail: wes@pvtnetworks.net
(505) 687-3267

 

EPISHEMORES, BUFFALO PARTS, ETC.

Epishemores is an old word for saddle blanket. We cut a buffalo hide down the backbone and fold it in half with the hair out. This is an old method as described by Henry in 1809, "Under each kind of saddle are placed two or three folds of soft dressed buffalo skin, to keep the horse from getting a sore back" (Henry and Thompson,1897, vol.2,p.527]. This pad will also double as a ground cloth to sleep on, as they average 3x6 feet.
We sell 1/2 or 1/4 pieces of buffalo for projects.

Price: $185 for 1/4 hide and $350 for 1/2

BUFFALO LEATHER (no hair)

This is the same price as a hair on robe.

BRAIN TANNED DEER

I use a "wet scrape" method to remove the hair and epidermis. What this means for the end product is a smooth suiface. The only blemishes are scars. My hides are between 8 and 14 sq. ft. in size, with 10 to 12 ft. being most common. Please state your needs and I'll try and match them. Most of the raw hides we purchase are pulled ~ meaning no knife maiks to weaken the end product.

Price is approx. $10.00 per sq. ft. depending on quality
$135 for biggest and best
(smoking included)

I also believe this technique was used exclusively by the Indians east of the Mississippi, and practiced pre-1850 by the tribes west of the Mississippi. Karl Bodmer painted a Sioux woman working a hide on a beam in 1833. An elderly Apache lady I know still practices the wet-scrape technique.

 
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