We can accept any number of skins. Each is tracked individually through the production process so you can be sure you’re getting back the skins you send.
Most shepherds will harvest their sheep in the fall, and we recommend setting a date before December to avoid molt and the felting that can happen as a result. Our shepherd’s calendar has more information on planning your year in sheep production.
The specific detail of the process is propriety information; however, we can say that it has been certified organic in the UK, where it was first developed. The primary ingredient is a plant-based tannin that is estate grown specifically for the purpose. We use phosphate-free soap for washing. The other inputs are used in food production.
In a word: luxurious! We produce finished skins with a soft, shiny wool or hair coat and a supple suede back. The color of the finished leather is a warm tan or peach tone from the tannin’s color. The natural process of veg-tanning does draw the sinuous tissue of the skin tighter than in industrial chemical processes, so the leather has a denser feel (chemical processes create a more elastic or chewy leather). Naturally-tanned sheep and goat skins will soften and drape more with use.
Yes, although we don’t recommend frequent washing (how often do you wash your leather bag or jacket?). You can wash skins on the gentle cycle in a washing machine or hand-wash in a bathtub. Refer to the product care page for more information.
Our process was developed and optimized for hair-on tanning of sheep and goat skins. We can also tan alpaca hides using the same method. We are currently exploring offering other tanning services, so please sign up to receive our newsletter here.