Brettuns Village
Trunks & Leather



Old Trunks, New Leather. 
All from Maine.




February 19, 2010

Greetings to all
of you who at one point in your life, apparently a


moment of weakness, decided
to sign up for the Brettuns Village e-mail


newsletter.  It must
be mid-winter here in Maine, because I don’t see


the snow anymore, even though
it’s there, and I don’t feel the cold


anymore, even though it’s
there, and I’ve stopped being excited about


how empty the roadways are,
seeing as how the tourists don’t seem to


be around at the moment. 
As we near the end of February we begin to


snap out of the winter coma
slowly, as Maine collectively comes to the


realization that the leaves
will come back and things will green up,


gardens will grow, and the
sun will feel warm, and all of this should


take place in a little under
10 more weeks.  I was driving to work


this morning about 5:30-ish
and thought I saw a hint of the sunrise,


so the days are getting
longer.  This is all pretty exciting.

A couple of news items that
I thought I’d pass along to you:  We’ve


added some new colors of
leather laces, 72-inchers, and we’re also now


selling some bundles of
100 mixed colors, broken into two basic


groups:  Earth tones
and Pastels.  These laces are really handy when


you need to tie this to
that or wrap a thing to make it more


you-know-what-I-mean or
hang up a dealy bopper by tying a knot and


hanging it over a doo-dad. 
Check out the Laces page to see the new


additions, please:

https://www.brettunsvillage.com/leather/laces.htm

A lot of folks buy tooling
bellies from us – these are trimmed bellies


of vegetable tanned cowhide,
6-7-8 ounce, firm, and are toolable,


formable, carvable, etceterable. 
Got in a new shipment of these, dyed


dark chocolate brown, at
the same price we’ve had stuck on these


things since we opened the
doors back in 1998. Bellies are about 6


feet long, variable in width,
and nice for straps, small projects, or


just wrapping around your
waist to make a fashion statement – a


statement that screams “lock
me up.’

Side leathers come and go
around this clam stand – and for those of


you who only recently fell
into the whirling vortex of leather


crafting a side is a highly
technical term that means ‘we cut the


cowhide in half so it’d
fit through smaller machines and drive down


our production costs, Jack’,
but a recently arrived side leather is a


doozy. It’s very dark brown,
oily, thick (6-7 oz), natural grain


surface, with a rustic,
outdoorsy, weathered look, and these sides run


large – every single one
of them is over 22 square feet of total


surface area.  The
color is called Maduro, just like the wrapper on


those expensive cigars they
keep up on that high shelf down at the


Hooch Market.  Maduro
is sure to be a hit, as evidenced by how they


started selling less than
an hour after we added them to the site.

Next new item is another
dark brown side leather, but this one isn’t


oily at all – it’s a nice,
smooth, naked leather (you can still see


the natural surface of the
leather through the finish) that’s nice and


soft, 4 oz thickness. 
We call it Smooth as a Moose because it’s


smooth and similar in color
to a Maine moose, which you really should


see this coming summer. 
These sides run about 18-20 sq ft and are


very, very nice.  A
great close-out lot that we were very glad to


receive.

Here’s a link to the page
where we sell our full hides and sides:

https://www.brettunsvillage.com/leather/sides.htm

New decorations on the glitzy
ditzies page, more rivets, and a few


other things here and there. 
The site, and the business, keep


growing, and we appreciate
your support.  When daughter #1 decides


which college will be lucky
enough to have her and we get that first


tuition bill in the mail
we’ll really appreciate your support, and you


can take that to the bank. 
Our bank.

I’ll get back to you in a
couple of weeks with some more updates.


Jenny says thanks to those
of you who have stopped by the shop while


you were upcountry on a
ski vacation or just touristing around – she’s


always glad to have visitors.
I can tell because that’s the only time


she gets up off her bed
now that duck season’s over.  Some dog, That


Dog.

Thanks a lot for reading
this drivel-


Churchill Barton

Purchasing Agent and Proud
Dad


Brettuns Village

Lewiston-Auburn, Maine

 

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