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Tannery Specializes In Fur, Leather And Bones
When Shelby Hendershot couldn’t find anyone to tan her Longhorn and Highland cattle hides, she decided to do it herself. She learned the process from a commercial tanner and started tanning hides for herself to make crafts and items to sell. That was 2006.
She still sells some crafts, but Hendershot’s niche is selling hides, bones, antlers and even bone dust to other crafters, home decorators and collectors.
“I feel we have a bigger variety and that helps our clients. Furs, odd leathers, and bones, we stock it all,” she says of her business, Promise Land Tannery. “Right now, our best-selling item is a bag of 40 assorted bones from furbearers.”
Bones interest a variety of customers from jewelers to costume makers to movie set designers. Coyote fur for parka ruffs, and fur for pompoms and earrings have also been popular. Antlers are sliced and made into buttons and toggles.
Hendershot and her extended family do their best to utilize everything they can from the domestic animals such as sheep and cattle that they acquire locally. A network of trappers provides them with hides and furs from elk, bobcat, fox, beaver and other furbearing animals. After tanning them herself or contracting with a tanner, she sells pieces and whole hides, and other items through Etsy. Items can be shipped to U.S. addresses. They also sell from their warehouse by appointment. Contact Hendershot for special requests.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Promise Land Tannery, 228 Cameron Lake Loop Rd., Okanogan, Wash. 98840 (ph 509 422-3814; www.furries.etsy.com; www.fromthewarrens.etsy.com (rabbit furs); Shelby.plt@gmail.com).

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