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We have a few sources for traditional, hand-made, brain-tanned, smoked moose hide from the Cree in Canada. Most of the moose hides we find are handmade using traditional methods but were not treated with brains. Traditionally, the hides would be tanned using brains before stretching and smoking. Nowadays, it is rare for brains to be used and each person has their own recipe for softening the hides. Traditional, hand-made leather is very difficult to obtain these days and has become quite expensive.
Please note: Each piece is cataloged and priced separately. The price varies by the quality of the hide, thickness, color, and suppleness.
Sometimes we also get brain-tanned, handmade, white moosehide (i.e., hides that have been prepared in the traditional way, but not smoked).
To see a gallery of pictures showing a hide being smoked in Quebec, click HERE.
Our Gxx codes denote individual smoked moosehides. If you would like to order a specific moosehide, please go to our Gallery to pick the exact one shown.
Genus and species: Alces alces. Wild.
Moose are not an endangered species.
Native Made Product of 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.