Why We Use Quality USA Raised & Cured Cowhides

Posted by John Brand on

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 best 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.

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

With our hectic paced lifestyle today, 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 organic waxes and oils to provide protection from the elements, horse sweat and the heat of the sun. It also naturally offers wonderful feel and heft to the hand, in the case of reins, and is supple to the horse's face and body

Here is a chart, courtesy of Hermann Oak Leather, to show the difference in the curing and tanning processes

The Leather Cycle

Be sure to browse our site to see all of our fine, American made tack!


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