Each year throughout North America thousands of wild animal skins are thrown out because there is little commercial use for wild hides. Because the supply is limited to the hunting season, tanneries cannot generally afford to take on the processing. There is also increasing pressure on North American tanneries because of our strict environmental protection policies, while there are virtually none in off-shore tanneries.
We found a local Canadian tannery which was willing to tan them for us, and we offer them to you through our creations.
We have wild Deer leather, Deer raw hide and Moose leather available (sorry, we have to save all of our Moose raw hide for our Powwow Drum customers).
During the 2009 hunting season, we gathered about 400 Deer and 600 Moose hides which would have been thrown out. We live in a region of Quebec where people have been hunting for centuries, and still hunt the local wild animals to feed their families. These animals were not wasted in any form. We then carefully salt the hides to prevent rotting before the tanning process. We then pile them on wooden pallets and, at the end of the season, we rent the biggest truck we can find and take them to the tannery. About 6 weeks later, we gather the fruits of our labours. Generally, we get half of the hides processed into raw hide for our Drums and the other half tanned into leather for our creations and for sale to our customers. Because we are working with our own recuperated hides, we have a greater control over the quality of our product.
Good Powwow Drums require very thick hides to get the best sound. To achieve this, we sort through our gathered Moose hides for the thickest ones to use on our Powwow Drums. The same goes with our Moose sweat lodge Hand Drums (Moose hide is used for sweat lodge Drums because it is much more resistant to the humidity of the sweat lodge). These are specialty Drums and need a thin Moose hide. A normal Moose hide will twist and destroy the frame of a Hand Drum when it dries.