ALL TANNING IS AT CUSTOMER'S OWN RISK. IN VIEW OF THE MANY FACTORS WHICH HAVE A VERY DEFINITE EFFECT ON THE FINAL RESULTS OF DRESSING, SUCH AS PRIMENESS, SHEDDING SEASON, GENERAL CONDITION OF THE SPECIMEN, CLIMATE CONDITIONS, LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE SPORTSMAN, FARMER OR BUTCHER: WE ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY OR GUARANTEE TO THE RESULTS OF ANY DRESSED SPECIMEN. WE WILL DISCARD ANY ROTTEN, SHEDDERS, OR CUT UP HIDES. WE WILL RETURN ANY HIDES THAT ARE TOO LARGE, TOO MATTED, HAVE WOOL LENGTH GREATER THAN 7", EXCESSIVE WOOL THICKNESS, OR DEEMED UNSUITABLE FOR TANNING!
The key to a great tanning outcome all depends on YOU! Hides from sheep that are healthy, well cared for, clean, butchered properly, prepared immediately and per our instructions will have the best outcome!
Bucks County Fur Products reserves the right to deny tanning of hides that are deemed unsuitable to process...too large, have too long of wool (greater than 7"), have excessive wool thickness, or hides that are too matted. We will notify you and throw out unless you specify that you would like them returned if deemed unsuitable.
It is our goal to return to you a beautiful hide. We will discontinue processing hides that lose too much wool in the initial washing process but will continue processing hides that have minimal wool loss. If you would not like hides that have ANY wool loss, please make note on our shipping sheet with your shipment.
Burdock are a nightmare! Not only to the sheep but to us for processing. Please do not send hides that are covered in Burdock.
Below are listed several common problems and their solutions.
WOOL STAINING - While our process does not "yellow" the wool, there are many other factors, which can result in wool staining. Dung staining is quite common sheep and there is some indication that a high yellow corn content in feed may worsen staining. Marker paint, mud, clay and blood can all result in stained fiber as well. Low corn feed and clean conditions can help alleviate this problem.
BUG DAMAGE - It is important to get as much fat off the skin as possible before salting. There are beetle larvas present in the wool of many sheep, which may hatch in your pelt and eat the fat attached to the skin. Unfortunately the beetles begin their feast from the wool side of the pelt resulting in holes where they've eaten through to the fat. Many times you won't detect the bugs before shipping to the tanner.
It is common for some breeds to lose their longer wool in processing, leaving their shorter undercoat.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING HIDES FOR SHIPMENT
We do not recommend freezing hides immediately after harvest in a freezer. This will most often lead to wool loss. Wool is an insulator so it takes too long for the hide to properly freeze. Hides that are salted and laid flat are ok in freezing winter temperatures.
Important: Perform this immediately, body heat can ruin a skin in one hour!
1. BUTCHERING, REMOVING FAT, CHECKING:
Remove any fat or meat clumps before salting. Be careful not to cut into membrane of the hide or you will see those cuts/nicks in the final tanning results. Thick fat/meat clumps left on the hides will cause wool loss. Occasionally a pelt may have a genetic defect causing a layer of fat to form in the pelt between the two layers of skin.
Cuts around the edges will be trimmed off. Do not send skins with large cuts in center. A few small holes will not be a problem but they will be there in the final result. Holes will cause your hide to be more likely to tear during tanning.
Talk with your butcher...pulling hides from the animal is best as it leaves clean leather without cuts or fat left on the hide. Make sure to get them salted immediately!!! Hides left unsalted can go bad in as little as an hour! The butcher should not throw them in a pile on the floor. Ask them to hang the fresh pelts over a something (not metal that can leave rust stains), skin side up until you can pick them up-same day-and salt. Remove feces clumps, but do not excessively wet the wool. Wetting the wool can cause mold or bacteria to grow, decreasing chances of the best outcome.
Please check your hides for extremely matted or felted wool prior to shipping them. We may not be able to process pelts that are felted or matted. Felted fibers commonly results from loose shed fibers matting into the growing fiber on sheep that have never been sheared or older sheep which are butchered in the spring when they are shedding.
2. SALTING AND DRYING:
Spread the hides out flat, leather side up, in a protected area. Do not put in sunshine - this will burn the leather. Cover with thin layer of fine granulated salt. DO NOT USE COURSE OR ROCK SALT! Use up to 5 lbs. on large hides, 1-2 lbs. on small hides. Be sure to rub into edges so edges do not fold over. Use just enough salt to completely cover hide. You should just barely be able to see through to the hide. Too much salt will draw moisture out of the air, instead of drying the hide. If moisture puddles up on hide, drain and re-salt. Putting hides on a pallet on a slight incline will help drain moisture. Drying time will vary due to weather factors such as temp and humidity. Minimum dry time is 2 weeks. Please do not send until hides are completely dry. They should no longer feel wet or damp to the touch. Sending hides that are even slightly damp in warm/hot summer temps is not recommended!! Allow to dry!!!
3. SHIPPING: Shake off excess salt. Put dried hides into bag or lined sturdy shipping carton. Include with your shipment our form that can be found below or on our contact page. Email is used to confirm we received your hides, any correspondence about your hides through the tanning process and will be inputted into UPS system so you will receive tracking info when hides are shipped. Please include this form with each package and each shipment. (We can not track past information).
Send Shipments to: Bucks County Fur Products
220 1/2 N. Ambler St. (REAR)
P.O. Box 204
Quakertown, PA 18951
PLEASE remember the 1/2 in 220 1/2... our neighbor does not want your hides!
Please fill out this form and return in each package in each shipment
Sheep - $9-$13 per sq ft depending on wool length & thickness
Minimum charge $20
(ALL SHEEP ARE PROCESSED AS WASHABLE & ARE COMBED)
Shearing of Sheep (by request only)- $10.00 per hide ( 1/2" - 1 1/2" ) Hides can ONLY be sheared after processing. Hides are priced at pre-shearing length plus $10 shearing fee. We can not shear hides with wool length greater than 4".
Domestic Goat - $7 - $8 per sq ft
Angora - $11 - $12 per sq ft
Deer - (HAIR ON ONLY) $8 per sq ft
Cleaning & Re-Combing of already Tanned Sheep Hides-$20.00
*****A 25% fee will be added for rush orders****
We DO NOT accept ALPACA , RABBIT, FOX, COYOTE or COW Hides
Sheep, Goats & Deer ONLY!
We are not responsible for wool slips, torn hides, or tanning of hides killed during shedding season as this will result in less than ideal tanning quality.
Skins are sent back to customer as COD via UPS Ground, unless you provide credit card information to charge to your order. You must let us know if you would like additional insurance or signature required on your return package.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Hides are processed to be washable, however, we highly recommend for best cleaning results, you can send them back to us for cleaning*** ($20.00 per hide)
Machine or hand-wash (we strongly suggest hand washing for the sake of your washing machine as well as the hide) in cold or warm water (do not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.) We recommend the use of Kookaburra or Eucalan Wool Wash. You can find these products online. Do not use Woolite, laundry detergents or fabric softeners.
For Hand Washing: Put the skin in the tub and hold it under the water until the skin is thoroughly saturated with water. Gently churn the skin to get the soap moving around the fibers and let soak for 5-10 minutes then rinse. Gently squeeze out excess water.
For Machine Washing: Set to gentle cycle. Once skin is thoroughly soaked, allow machine to churn briefly. The more churning, the more the wool will mat. Let soak 5-10 minutes. Spin cycle briefly to remove excess water. Rinse if necessary. Dry. NEVER tumble dry- this will mat the wool more.
Line dry (NOT IN SUN) or dry flat (wool side down) and stretch to shape while damp. Brush with soft wire brush when wet, when damp, and when dry. Do not tumble dry.
Heat will damage sheepskins, resulting is shrinking and hardening of pelt.