Bucksking Tanner: A Guide To Natural Hide Tanning
This book is about an ancient craft that provided clothing, shelter, and many utilitarian items in the lives of Native Americans, hunters, trappers, pioneers and others who once lived close to nature. An animal taken for food also provided these things.
But it's also a story about how I tan based on what I learned from historical accounts, trial and error, Indians, other buckskinners like myself, and even the tanning industry. It’s an artful craft worth mastering and passing on to posterity.
- Learn how to make authentic deer, elk, moose, and bison buckskin.
- Brain tanning bison hide the Indian way is at long last demystified. Be sure to read my companion book, "Cheyenne Tipi Notes" to learn about the only first hand account of Plains Indian women tanning observed and meticulously recorded by a U.S. ethnologist nearly 120 years ago. I spent months transcribing the original work I located at the Smithsonian Institution. I also found and analyzed the tipi the Cheyenne women made from the hides they tanned.
- This method does not pollute the environment.
- Helps preserve an ancient craft.