Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather
Old Trunks, New Leather. All from Maine.
July 17, 2006
It’s the humidity that gets
you, but you already knew that. The most popular question upcountry
lately is something along the lines of ‘Wicked hot, ain’t it?’ which, as
you, an educated Brettuns Village Newsletter reader, also already knew
is just a subset of the age-old ‘Hot enough for ya?’ question that wins
the Most Annoying prize. I keep checking the weather map, hoping
to see a high pressure system, but it looks toasty warm and damp for the
foreseeable future. Oh well.
Been spending time at camp
when we can, and if you’re new to this gobble-de-gook what we call a camp
doesn’t involve a tent or mosquito netting – the true definition of a camp
in New England is, well, more or less it’s the other house where you wish
you could live full time, but it’s up in the woods off a gravel road where
FedEx doesn’t like to go, not many jobs in the area, but there’s the pond
for swimming and fishing, and only a mile to the ice cream stand.
It’s a trade-off, really, a place we get to as much as we can, to spend
time with our two daughters (3 if you count That Dog), relax, and sleep
that comfortable, deep, long sleep that you can only get at camp.
Except for those danged loons, out there sounding off in the middle of
the night. Sometimes it’s great to hear them, other times you want
to grab the root beer bottle off the night stand and pitch it toward the
sound, but then you remember you’d tear a hole in the window screen if
you tried it, and that would let in a nice new group of camp visitors,
the buzzing kind, so you’d likely perish from blood loss before the eggs
hit the pan next morning. Roll over, back to sleep, loons making
that sound so that you can just flat tell they’re laughing about it.
So, been out of touch with
you for a while, busy as can be, moving into yet another warehouse space,
and filling it up with loads of new leathers. Furs too. Lots
For starters, many of you
have bought our Armor Sides in the past – we just got in another load of
them, all black. For some reason, the tannery sent us a lighter weight
this time around, so these are 7-9 oz sides, veg-tanned, not oiled at all,
so they can be wet-formed and will even take some tooling/stamping.
We’ve got them in two sizes – small and large, and they’re on the Sides
page, which you can find right about here:
Other new stuff: None
of these items have been added to the site yet, mostly because we’ve been
too busy lugging the stuff from point A (where we bought them) to point
B (the warehouse), but it’s quite a bit of stuff, even for us. We
received black sheep leather printed with a leopard spot pattern, almost
1,000 full cowhides of Italian upholstery leather in earth-tones, red,
blue, and green, a couple of bales of shearling (this is sheep leather
with the hair still on, cropped to 1/2″ pile depth, like you see on the
collars of bomber jackets worn by pilots in those old movies where everybody
is smoking on the aircraft at all times, no matter what, and even when
they parachute out they’re still dragging on that thing, and maybe they
drop it when they land but by the time the camera is back on them they
have either the same butt or a new one clenched in their teeth)(Award winner
for longest parenthetical phrase this year) – well, anyway that’s what
shearling is – we have it in black or brown leather side; all the
hair is that natural cream sheep fur/hair color. Also beaver, muskrat,
raccoon, and badger furs, nicely tanned and ready for use (although we’re
going to have them inspected first by Maine’s IFW folks to make sure there
aren’t any threatened/protected/deeply concerned species in the lot, so
don’t expect to see these on the site right away), and then, well, right
now I want you to hold onto your chair and that mouse thing that you use
on your computer because the following statement may cause you to tip either
forward or backward, depending on which side of the equator you’re on (if
you’re not sure which side you’re on go flush the toilet and watch which
way it swirls) – in one lot we received, unloaded, and stacked 20,000 goat
furs or hides or whatever you call them. These are furs, with the
leather side tanned to perfection, and the hair side left natural, so there
are all manner of spots, colors, and hair lengths in the mix. While
this may be bad news for the world’s goat population, it amounts to yet
another big, hairy deal around here. Goat hair, by the way, can travel
up your nostrils until it’s circumnavigating your brain, which explains
why I’m having no trouble at all coming up with material for this newsletter.
We’ll get pictures of this
new stuff on the site soon – and I think I’ll throw together a special
sale page for your subscribers that will have the same items, but at a
better price. I’m thinking of selling the goat hides in groups of
100, 10 or individually so that you can get as many as you need.
As soon as we have the new stuff posted I’ll let you know through one of
these letters. I know that hurts, but it’s cheaper than buying postage
Another thing – we carry
a lot of tools including some awesome rawhide mallets, which are what you’re
supposed to be using when you hammer on your leather craft tools.
This includes carving and stamping tools, but also rivet setters, eyelet
setters, and just about any other metal tool you plan to strike.
Use a composite pounding board underneath and a rawhide mallet – this is
safe and will keep your tools in working order. So, go take a look
at our tools, buy some, add a rawhide mallet, and I’ll ship you a 1/4″
arch punch for free. Do it now.
That’s what’s new up this
way. If you see any dry air outside in your neck of the woods, and
I mean any of it, let me know. I’ll drive there.
Churchill Barton, Reserve
Brettuns Village Leather