This question is for people in Wisconsin. This is suposed to be a good tannery but I have never had anything done there personaly. I'm looking for any feedback on this place.
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....Some deer hides tanned there in the past and they did a fine job. They don't do taxidermy tanning, just hides of deer,elk, cow etc.
I had them do a lot of deer hides tanned as buckskin and after 15+ years the leather still looks good. The hair-on hides held up well also. Check out their web page http://www.wbplace.com/tannery.htm
Just don't expect YOUR deer hide back. When you have buckskin made, they measure it for square footage. When it's returned to you, you get the amount of square footage you sent, but NOT necessarily your hide. They also tan "hair on" during a few months of the year, but again, don't look for your hide. Their buckskin is superb, however, in that it's "split" to the same thickness all over after tanning and oiling. Great stuff. If you are looking especially for the return of the hide you sent, check the archives for Quil Ceda Tanning in Marysville, Washington. Great work but the hides aren't split.
I was surprised to hear that you don't get your own hide back. I have been using them since 1988 and never realized that. I hunt with a .44 cal. revolver, a 12 ga. shotgun and a compound bow. All leave very different signatures through the hide. Not only does WB Place match up the square footage, but they match up the size of the holes and placement of the holes. Verrrry considerate of them. My only regret is that they shut down their large retail store in front and opted for that "hole in the wall" behind it. My family and I enjoyed the trip up there to buy items like t-shirts and wild game seasonings.