Interview for Fibershed

Sarah was interviewed for the Fibershed blog recently! If you’re not familiar with Fibershed, they’re a grassroots non-profit supporting fiber farmers who commit to sustainable and carbon-sequestering farming practices. Read more about Fibershed’s mission.

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Turnaround Times

“When will my sheepskins be ready?” This is the question we get most often from our custom tanning clients, and we understand why! The answer is that this is a seasonal business so the turnaround times will vary during the year. August – September This is our slow season for tanning while we’re preparing for […]

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Fun at the Vermont Renaissance Faire

This past weekend was the Vermont Renaissance Faire, held in Stowe, VT. It was the first time a Renaissance-themed festival had been offered in the state since 2008, and the first that we had ever attended, either as participants or vendors. Fortunately we were able to pull together some circa-1580’s costumes without too much trouble, and I […]

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Avoiding Molt and Matting

Did you know that, like their ancient cousins, today’s domestic sheep and goats also molt? Although many breeds do not shed their fleece, the fibers are released or weakened at this molting point, which can create problems during tanning. In a skin from a sheep that has molted, the loose wool from the older fleece felts […]

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Preserving Skins 101

We often get questions about how best to preserve skins after slaughter, to keep them stabilized before they can be tanned. We prefer receiving salted skins. First remove the skin with care: Immediately after slaughter, carefully remove the skin from the carcass. It is best to pull the skin rather than using a knife, to avoid punctures […]

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