Frame stretching moose hide
Thinning buffalo for robe.
Brain Tanning Process
Softening buffalo robe
Brain tanning is an ancient tanning
that produces a very soft durable
leather. It is mainly a physical process
using natural oils and wood smoke.
This is in contrast to the commercial
tanneries, which rely heavily on
chemicals to help with the softening.
The main ingredient in this process is
animal brains, although bone marrow
oil is used to help penetration in the
thicker hides. This can be a long
arduous process, but the end result is
a soft lofty leather that is breathable
and long lasting. The final step of
smoking the hide coats and preserves
the fibers, enabling the hide to stay
soft after wetting.
Smoking moose hide