Buckaroo Leather and Hermann Oak Leather

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Years ago when the Brand family decided to manufacture quality leather western style horse tack and accessories, the decision was made to begin with the highest quality leather available.  Our decision to choose only the finest American leather led us to engage Hermann Oak Leather to be our major supplier.

Lewis Charles Hermann started tanning in St. Louis in 1881 to handle the local harness trade and to supply the wagon trains of settlers traveling west along the Lewis and Clark trails. The tannery grew, and Fred Hermann Sr. joined the company in 1907. He proceeded to supply leather for our soldiers throughout both World Wars. Fred Hermann Jr. joined the company soon after World War II, in 1948. The country was experiencing rapid growth and development, and the demand for specialized leathers increased. Using the firm's detailed knowledge of specialty vegetable tanning, he expanded into a range of leathers, each of which share the superior tooling, carving, and molding characteristics leather workers have come to value. Shep Hermann joined the company in 1985. He is also committed to the traditional tanning process of the past while investing in new technology for the future. Both Shep and Fred actively manage the business today.

Because Buckaroo Leather is also a family business, we were not only impressed with the Hermann’s strong belief in family, but we knew we could rely on our customers receiving the best quality leather money could buy.

It is comforting to know when the western horseman tacks their horse with Buckaroo Leather equipment, manufactured with Hermann Oak Leather, they can have confidence in the strength and safety provided by properly tanned and cured American leather.

Most of our working tack originates from harness leather, which is tanned from a recipe of primarily natural oganic waxes and oils to provide protection from the elements, horse sweat and the heat of the sun. In regards to our reins, it naturally offers wonderful feel and heft to the hand, and is supple to the horse's face and body.

For further information on why we chose Hermann Oak Leather to manufacture some of the finest western leather horse tack, or to view our products, visit our website at www.buckarooleather.com, or find Buckaroo John and his mobile tack trailer at any of the local equestrian events.

As always, it is an honor to serve each and every one of you and your equine partners.


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