These are good
quality U.S. or Canadian buffalo skins that have been tanned in either Canada,
the U.S., or Peru--as
stated on each individual hide. The hides are soft and
supple. We have winter hides and summer hides. Winter hides have nicer and longer hair than summer hides. The hides that are tanned in the U.S. are nice and soft with a cream or tan backing. Hides from Peru are typically chrome-tanned and tend to have a stiffer feel and a gold color backing.
The Select Quality hides are winter buffalo robes - the best quality hides available anywhere. They are tanned in the U.S. and have a soft supple tan in parchment color (not blue) and come with silky fur. Both the hide side and fur side are perfect--no holes, no hair slips, no sewing, no patches, no stains. They are suitable for painting on the backs. They come with tails.
The First Grade hides are mostly summer hides that have shorter hair than winter hides. The hides with a gold backing are stiffer than those with a cream or tan backing. There could be patches on the back.
The Second Grade hides look fine from the hair side, but have more patches than is normal on the hide side. They are excellent value for money. We only get a handful like this every year.
The Short Hair hides have shorter hair and little mane hair. There are no holes or bald spots. The presentation is good, but not as nice as the #1 skins. They are ideal for using in your tee-pee, campsite, or media room. Only limited quantities are available each year.
We offer Craft Grade buffalo hides for people who need more material than commonly found in scrap, but not a full #1 hide. These often have quite a bit of fur on them and permit the making of larger craft items. The areas without fur can be used for buffalo leather. Please note that the white areas on the hides are where the hair is missing. The white areas are leather, not white hair.
We also cut up some of the Craft Grade hides into Partials for customers who need a sizeable piece of buffalo hide, but less than a whole hide and more than trimmings.
We have a limited number of Reject Grade buffalo hides. These are ideal for use in tee-pees or for cutting up. The hair is typically not as long as for the craft grade skins. The hides often have many imperfections. The tanning on the hides is about the same as for the better grade skins. The problems have more to do with hair loss and length than anything else.
Genus and species:
Bison bison. Ranch.
come from ranching operations and are not endangered. They are not subject
to CITES, but must be inspected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service for
all imports or exports. The buffalo hides we sell are a by-product of the food
industry. The animals are not killed just for their hides.
There are still
some wild buffalo running around in northern Canada that are heavily
protected. None of the buffalo we sell come from wild herds.
Canada or the USA; Tanned in Canada, Peru, or the USA