Deerskins into Buckskins (Paperback)

How to Tan with Brains, Soap or Eggs

By Matt Richards

Backcountry Publishing, 9780965867245, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2004

List Price: 19.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


America's Best Selling Tanning Guide. Over 165 photographs and illustrations bring you step-by-step from raw skin to velvety soft buckskin and then show you how to create beautiful garments and useful goods. You will also learn how to make rawhide and hide glue, tan in a wilderness setting and the best way to skin. History, humour and science make this book not only practical, but fun! Designed to be easily understood by the beginner yet rich with details for the experienced, this book teaches tanning as a natural process. No chemicals are needed! All the tools and materials are waiting around your home and land. While the tools are simple, having a great method is the key. This book has that method (see the following reviews). Buckskin is durable, soft, washable and warm. A hand-made garment for people all over the world for millennia, it breathes and stretches with your body, cuts the wind and won't tear on briars. It is excellent to wear hiking, hunting or around the house. Plus you don't need to hunt.

About the Author

Matt Richards has been teaching tanning, tanning for a living, and wearing buckskin for over 25 years. His book Deerskins into Buckskins has been the most popular tanning guide in the world since it was first published in 1997. He lives on a ranch in southern Oregon with his wife and daughters, where they enjoy hunting, gathering wild foods, gardening and going for a swim in the river.