Finished Brain Tanned
Hides from Traditional Tanners
You can order brain tanned deer hides direct from the tanners here at
Traditional Tanners. We sell only genuine brain tan. We guarantee not only
100% satisfaction, but that these will be some of the best hides you'll ever
see. Our customers include a wide variety of American Indian tribes,
historic re-enactors, outdoorsmen and craftspeople.
We have worn, used and sold brain tan for 15 years and have a very good
understanding of what size and thickness of skin works best for various
projects. When you give us a call at 888 Hide-Tan (888 443-3826) and tell us
what you need we will use that experience to select the best possible hides
for your project. If they aren't perfect, return them at our expense (we've
had 3 returned of the 1000+ we've sold). We strive to always have a good
supply of tanned hides in stock, so that we can send them out to you
immediately. Larger projects and more specific requests will often require
some lead time.
Deer are the most versatile and most widely used hide. They come in a wide
variety of thicknesses, and have a very strong, durable fiber structure; yet
are extremely soft. They can be used for everything from a fine flowing
dress, to moccasins or rifle cases.
#1 Brain tanned deer hides cost $18 a square foot, which typically
equates to $162 to $198, though we have hides of all sizes. We always smoke
our hides in matched pairs so that the colors match. All holes are sewn flat
and nearly invisible. Order Finished, #1 Brain Tanned Deer Hides Online!
#2 deer hides have numerous holes and/or are oddly shaped. They are
great for cutting up into small pouches, buckskin laces, or for doing
beadwork on. #2's are $12 a square foot.
Scraps are also available at $12 a sq. ft.
Water Drum (Peyote Drum) covers cost $75 ea and are 16" circles free of
knife marks and weak spots. We also sell whole hides that you can cut drum
covers from. We sell a fair amount of drum covers and have a good idea of
what is required.
Elk hides are about twice as large as deer and usually thicker. They are
excellent for any project that requires a large swath of material (such as
coats). Their fiber structure is looser than deer and moose hides, which
causes them to not be as durable for moccasins, though they should last your
lifetime in virtually any other use.
Brain tanned elk hides cost $20 a square foot, which typically equates to $400
to $500 per hide.
Moose hides have the size and thickness of elk, but with the durable fiber
structure of deer, making them ideal for moccasins. Moose hides have a more
square shape than deer or elk (which are rectangular) and were traditionally
used for the beautiful Métis jackets.
The moose hides we have available are perfect for moccasins or heavy bags, but
not for garments. They are dense, thick, and have a rougher 'aesthetic' than
our deer hides (we buy them from another tanner). We most typically
sell them as 1/4's for about $140
ea. Moose 1/4s run around 8 sq ft, and are ample for two pairs of low-top