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.

For more information, click a hide type below.

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.

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).

Moose hides have the size and thickness of elk, but with the durable fiber structure of deer, making them ideal for moccasins.

Prime buffalo hides with plush winter wool make a stunning and comfortable addition to your home or lodge.

Water 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.



Here’s a sample of items made from our hides (most click for larger view):

Michelle Richards in a classic buckskin jacket with golden smoke.

A gorgeous ‘new west’ style buckskin jacket made by Robin Moore out of white (un-smoked) brain tan.

Baby moccasins made  out of a lightly smoked hide.

Penny Thornley with a pipe bag made from a hide smoked ‘golden’.

Quillwork on dark brain-tan, by Pam Fry. A lot of Iroquois and Great Lakes quillwork was done on very dark brain tan. We’ve prepared hides for this by  dyeing them with black walnut hulls. The color ranges from milk chocolate (like this bag) to nearly black. Walnut dyed hides darken considerably more with age and exposure to light.

Two ‘dew-claw’ bags from hides smoked a golden to golden brown.

Some ‘golden brown’ hides on display at an event.

John McCoy in Colonial era brain tanned center-seam moccasins.

Michelle Richards in a contemporary buckskin dress. The yoke is smoked brown and the body of the dress is golden.

This brain tanned ‘shield’ was painted with acrylics by Penny Thornley.

Here’s how to contact us:

Traditional Tanners
888 Hide-Tan
(888 443-3826)