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Smoked Deer Hide Leather


The front and back of one hide is shown above. 

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These are traditionally brain-tanned and smoked white tail deer hides. The skins were tanned and smoked using a traditional brain-tanning process using real veal brains by a European man in Canada who was accepted into the Lakota Tribe. Very few people are making true brain-tanned hides any more. These are NOT being offered as Native made.

Many cheaper "brain tan" hides are on the market using German tanning with fish oil, liquid smoke, and dyes. What we have in this listing is the real thing!!!

Our Gxx codes denote individual pieces. If you would like to order a specific leather hide, please go to our Gallery to pick the exact one shown. 

Order Code Description Price
R-2-30-Gxx Traditionally Brain-Tanned Smoked Deer Hide Leather:Gallery Buy on

Genus and species:  Odocoileus virginianus.  Wild.

Deer are not an endangered species.

USFWS export permit is required for all shipments outside the USA.

Made in Canada

A Note on Smell

The smoked deer, elk, and moose hides have a strong smell of wood smoke.  This is considered to be a desirable trait by many customers, but can be overwhelming for people living in a small house or apartment.  The smoke leaves creosote behind that binds with the fibers in the hide.  This keeps the hide soft and flexible when wet and helps to preserve the hide, making this leather ideal for gloves and moccasins.  The smoke will dissipate with time and use, but it can take years for most of the smell to leave.

It is possible to remove much of the smoke smell by placing the hide in a tub and washing it with soap and water.  The hide then needs to be tacked out on a piece of plywood so it does not wrinkle when drying.  We do not offer this service for customers, so please consider undertaking this project before buying these hides if you are worried about the smell of smoke being too strong.

If you like the color and want hides that have had much of the smoke smell removed, please let us know and we can offer this on a custom-order basis.  It can take weeks to months to get specially prepared hides by the man who does the tanning.

Should you be unhappy with your purchase, please let us know as soon as possible.  You can return the hide in its original condition for credit.  You pay shipping and insurance both ways.  We do not accept the return of hides that have been cut, treated, altered, processed, or damaged after shipment to you.