Custom Hide Tanning

HOW DO I PREP MY HIDES FOR TANNING?

When you pick your hides up from the butcher the day of processing, you will want to salt or freeze the same day within hours of the sheep being processed. 

Your hides will either need to be salted or frozen prior to their arrival of tanning. If your hide is not salted it will be an extra cost of $10/per hide.

Once your hides have been salted or frozen, please put them into garbage bags or bins to bring to me for tanning. 

I have made a how to salt, step by step video - watch here  https://youtu.be/u6CChkHIH6E

Salting- You will salt your hides using white salt, which can be purchased at UFA. You will lay your hide out wool down, skin up, and evenly spread the salt over the hide and into all the edges and folds. I don’t measure/weigh my salt, just estimate. You will want enough salt on it that the moisture is not coming through the salt. About 1/4 inch layer. *DO NOT USE ROAD/SIDEWALK SALT*

SALT LINK- https://ufa.com/myUFA/Animals/Animal-Nutrition/Minerals-%26-Supplements/Livestock-Salt/Hi-Grade-Salt---20-kg/p/121031

Freezing- If you do not have access to salt, the less desirable option is to freeze your hides before bringing them to me. Special care must be taken when freezing the hide so the skin does not touch itself because it makes the risk of skin tearing greater when the hide thaws.

Option 1- You will want to roll your hide “jelly roll” style, this is achieved by laying it on a clean surface skin side down, wool side up, and rolling the hide into itself.

Option 2- The other option when freezing is to lay the hide skin side down, wool side up, and folding the wool side over itself in half. 

HOW DID I START TANNING HIDES?

It all started when I got my first batch of Navajo Churro lambs processed in 2022. We wanted to find a way to honour the life of the lamb even after death, and we stumbled across sheepskin rugs! That year, I tanned 2 of the hides from the lambs and the other 4 went off to a tannery. I fell in deep love with the tanning process and couldn’t get enough. Since then I have tanned many more hides from my flock, hides from commercial flocks I have taken from our butcher, and now custom orders. 

WHAT DOES PROCESSING LOOK LIKE? 

All my hides are hand tanned & worked on using traditional tanning methods. This means I use eggs or brains to tan. The eggs are sourced from my flock of hens, or Lil Ryley Farms, and the brains come from my lambs and other local lambs. 

Once the hides have been tanned, they are smoked to set the tan. Please expect a slight smoke smell to your hides when you first get them back, but please note this smell will go away after time. 

You can expect some small imperfections, but overall a one of kind piece you can love for many years. 

Your hides will be with me for 1-2 months, you will be contacted when they are ready for pickup. 

PRICING

$275 per hide, you will pay a deposit fee of $100 per hide when you drop off your hide, and the remaining $175 when you pickup your hide. 

Both long and short skins are accepted, ONLY wool sheepskins, no hair sheepskins and other animal skins not accepted. 

HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?

Cell : 780-878-8567

Email : prairieshepherdess@gmail.com

Social Media : Prairie Shepherdess