The fish leather keychains are hand stitched using vegetable bark tanned fish leather and reindeer leather.
The fish skin key fobs are made using zero waste materials that would have otherwise been discarded.
I purchase my reindeer leather from Sami suppliers in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Reindeer leather is a precious commodity and the Sami people use it for their clothing, making belts, straps, bags and other items. Generally they only sell small scraps to others, that they would not normally use.
I hand tan some of the fish leathers that I use, and also purchase small quantities of pre-tanned fish skins from other suppliers.
Please check my Etsy shop for the latest selection of hand stitched key rings, keyfobs, keychains, as well as other items that I have hand crafted using fish skins and reindeer leather.
Fish leather is not all about salmon. Over the coming months,
I will be sampling many types of fish skins to see how they tan and what types of fish leather can be produced.
I will show some photos, a bit of the process and results of the tanning.
Please do not ask for more details of the various fish tanning recipes I use. Those are a trade secret. But please do check back to see the latest fish leather tanning experiments.
My grandmother was a Norwegian Sami. She crafted belts, shoes and bags made of reindeer skins and fish leather that she sold to other Sami people. My father worked as a commercial salmon fisherman fishing in the Fraser River and along the coast of British Columbia. He had a small fishing shack in Finn Slough, Stevenston, BC where he moored his fishing boat and repaired his salmon fishing nets. As a child growing up, I spent many happy summer days with him at his little fishing shack, helping to repair the nets.
I am a hand weaver and recently I have taken more of an interest in learning the traditional Sami handcrafts, weaving the colourful narrow bands that the Sami used for embellishing their handmade clothing. Following in the footsteps of my Sami grandmother, I have also learned to stitch with reindeer skins and fish leather to make small bags, wallets and pouches.
I have studied the almost lost art of tanning fish leather as the Sami did, turning what is thought of as scrap waste, into a beautiful, soft leather that can be used for clothing, bags, shoes, jewellery and pieces of art.
Salmon Leather skins come in sizes ranging from 40 – 60 cm in length and 10 – 15 cm in width.
Colours will vary depending on the particular tree barks or natural dyes that have been used.
The salmon skin leather has been sourced from fisheries in British Columbia and the UK where the fish skins would otherwise have been discarded.
Please check back for our latest selection of naturally tanned and dyed salmon skin leathers.
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