In the fall, during the Elk hunting season, I collect unwanted hides. Often times the hunters leave them in the forest. I put the word out and the hides show up. I use the dry scape and traditional brain tan method to make beautiful soft buckskin. It can be used for anything you would use soft leather or suede for. Here are a couple bags I made during the cold snowy months last winter. Kiva and I sat near the woodstove, listened to stories on CD's and beaded these designs.
I didn't take any new hides this year as I am still scraping a large bull elk and a deer hide from last winter. I use the antlers for buttons, beads and pendants.