Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather
Old Trunks, New Leather.  All from Maine.

April 11, 2008

If for some reason you'd been visiting us in Central Maine back in
December but in a blinding snowstorm you had wandered off into the
night and clocked yourself on a low-hanging maple branch, and if you
just started waking up right about now, you might start wondering what
time of year it is.  Feels warm, sort of, and the sun is a little
higher in the sky by mid-day, but that doesn't balance against the
snow that's still a few feet deep everywhere.  You'd also be wicked
hungry.  Cold too, I suspect.  Of course, the first thing on your mind
would be the outcome of the Superbowl, which isn't a very popular
subject in New England this year, and then the final four, which never
really affects us in that special way it seems to get a death grip on
some states, and maybe how the race for president is going or not
going, as the case may be.  You'd rub your head, smooth out your
clothes, and walk into the village to get a bite to eat.  Right after
the mashed acorn squash it'd hit you hard, as if cousin Charlie had
walloped you amidships with a trout - you've missed all those Brettuns
Village newsletters!  Well, relax, Jasper, I haven't pounded out any
of these outhouse emergency back-up pages in a while.  Here's some
news for you:

True shell cordovan is hard to get these days, but we've got the good
stuff, tanned by Horween, available in black only.  We've got them on
the Hides and Sides page on the site if you feel like looking at a
horse's butt (that's where cordovan comes from, I kid you not).  Black
only.  Our shipment of shells (the name given to this piece of a
horse's hide because 'butt cheek' is socially unacceptable) includes
the following colors:  black.  I know from experience that I'll get at
least ten e-mails asking if we have brown or oxblood or navy or
chestnut or celery or 'brown like my coffee table' or with polka dots,
etc, so to save us both some time here's the answer to your e-mail, in
case you're one of those ten folks who will ask:

"Thanks ever so much for contacting us to inquire about available
shell cordovan colors. At the current time we have the following:

And yes, I already know that if we're working our way down through the
stack and just happen to come across one in that special color that
you and only you want and really, really need, I'll call you,

See them on this page:

So there you go.

On our Thin Hides/Lightweight Leathers page we've got black garment
horse fronts, black garment quality cowhide sides, black deer skins,
white deer skins, and a very, very nice super-soft garment cowhide in
a buckskin color that's called Palomino.  These are half-hides that
are very, very nice.  Check them out here:

If you haven't tried our fish hides yet then you've got something to
look forward to.  Sure.  Fish. These are skins from carp, salmon, and
perch that roam free or in pens and eventually end up under the knife,
I guess, for one reason or another.  The skins get de-scaled and
tanned, then dyed and finished, which yields the following scenario:

"Hey, Bob, where are you workin' these days?"

"Oh, I'm a skinner over to the fish tannery."

"Well, that explains why the seagulls follow you all over town."

We just got a new shipment in, about half a school (rimshot) in blue
or red.  They make great accent pieces on all sorts of things,
although I can't seem to think of any right now.  They don't smell
like fish.  I knew you were wondering.

Shipments expected next week include more sole bends (the ones tanned
for use as floor tiles) and a load of deer skivers, which are very,
very thin pieces of deer skin in an off-white color which you can dye
in your bathtub and why not throw in the dog at the same time so that
everything matches because once that dog hops out and shakes...just
picture it.

Coming soon:  Dog collars and matching leashes, believe it or not, on
a new site that my eldest is developing:  That-Dog.Com which was
named after you-know-who, aka the pooch who has her head on my boot
right now and is snoring like a Husqvarna chainsaw.

So, it's mud season to the lumberjacks, but sugar season to many of
us, with sugarshacks belching out the nicest smelling smoke of the
year, and all sorts of maple treats to be had. On your list of Things
to do in This Lifetime be sure to include a trip to a sugaring
operation some Spring in New England.  It's really something to see
and smell, trust me.

Drop by the site if you have a minute. There are other new things on
there, but we're pretty busy so I can't recall them all off the top of
my head, which is where these letters are born.  Thanks-

Brettuns Village Leather
Auburn, Maine

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