Brettuns Village
Trunks & Leather

Old Trunks, New Leather. 
All from Maine.

June 3, 2010

I noticed recently
that when that alarm starts clanging at 5 am it’s

already light outside, which
is standard for this time of year up

Maine way.  It’s a
toss up – are the crows louder than the alarm

clock, or is it the other
way around?  Doesn’t matter; once you’re up

you’re up I guess. 
Anyway, the long days seem to point us toward

summer, and I’ve also noticed
that there’s a little less homework

being done in the evenings
by the Galliwags.  Yessir, summer’s on the

way.  Another important
sign to back this up – I haven’t had to wear

long underwear to work in
almost 4 weeks.  Now I realize that this is

getting a little personal,
but I relay that fact more as a comment on

temperatures than on personal
dressing practices.  Add to this

longjohn item the fact that
I actually wore shorts to work one day

last week and you can see
right where we’re headed – warm weather.

OK, enough chin music here’s some news:

Need elk leather?  We’ve
got it – a nice shipment of USA elk hides,

tanned by companies that
know how to tan elk (Fox Valley and Cory

Tanning), in a rich brown
color or a very convincing light

tan/buckskin color. 
We’ve got these full elk hides priced at $110

each, with the usual free
shipping to any USA address included (even

HI and AK on these hides). 
This seems to be a pretty good price as

it’s caused a lot of those
elk to run right out the door and straight

into the UPS truck, which
takes some serious convincing once you’ve

removed the elk part of
the elk from the skin part of the elk.

They’re selling well is
my point.  See them on the Hides and Sides

page, if you’d like to take
a look.

Need tan or brown mellow
4 oz cowhide sides?  We’ve got them, rolled

up on that shelf right over
there, next to where all the floor tile

sole bends are stacked –
to the left of the Suede Department.  See

them?  We call this
leather Ridgeline, mostly because that’s what the

tannery called it. 
Also on the Hides and Sides page – this is a

natural looking chrome tanned
side leather, just a frog’s hair thicker

than typical garment leathers,
so make some britches that’ll last a


Shell cordovan:  A very
tough leather to get, as many of you know.

Our shipment of black shells
arrived this last Tuesday; we added them

to the website on Tuesday
afternoon, and sold out of them two hours

later. Next shipment will
be that deep oxblood color that makes

cordovan famous – we’ll
post it when they arrive and then Jenny (That

Dog) and I will stand back
out of the way while these pricey horse

butt cheeks that took 7
months to tan go flying out the door.  What a

weird business we’re in.

OK, what’s next on my agenda? 
As if I have an agenda when I sit down

and let the spirit of the
Grand Whopping Poo-Bah of Leather show my

fingers which keys to push. 
How about giant colorful lizards? OK,

you’ve got it. A few days
ago we added a new page to the site, which

you probably heard about
on the Today Show when they all came up here

to Maine and did their entire
broadcast from out behind the barn where

we used to shovel the stuff
that didn’t need to be piling up around

the cow’s back legs all
winter but somehow, geographically, it seemed

natural to have them slinging
it from that spot, but anyway, got off

track a bit there, it was
nice to get the publicity and have them roll

out the news of our brand
spanking new ‘Exotic Leathers’ page and that

fireworks display they put
on was, well, let’s just say the neighbors

will never forget it. 
We put that new page together, and right here I

should point out that this
paragraph up to this point was all made up

out of thin air but hang
on because here comes the true part, to sell

a shipment of Tejas lizard
skins, python skins, and caiman (like an

alligator but carries a
passport and talks with an accent) skins in a

variety of colors. 
We’ve listed each skin piece by each, as we say up

this way, so you can see
pictures of each skin and make your decision

accordingly.  Check
it out from the Site Map, or just click on this

link right here:

I’ve bragged before about
how I still carry my Eagle Scout card in my

wallet, or at least I did
until that particular wallet decided it

wanted to see how long it
could hold its breath one day out on

Moosehead Lake at a spot
where the depth finder showed 110 feet, and I

still get a kick out of
how much I learned from Scouting so many years

ago.  One of the best
rules we had was ‘Always leave a campsite better

than you found it.’ 
I’ve been doing that ever since, and Amanda and I

have passed that simple
rule down the chain of command in our house.

Things have been pretty
hectic around our barn lately, thanks to you

customers, and also to the
end-of-year stuff that goes along with

having a high school senior
(our Rebecca) graduating (this weekend).

We’ve finally signed the
deal to send her off to college next Fall

(American U. in DC), and
she’s done the National Honor Society thing,

brought home the Spanish
award (4th year in a row), started building a

pile of certificates, commendations,
and accolades on the old kitchen

table that I made from wide
plank barn boards back around the time she

was born, and been named
Salutatorian of her class.  She’s on a roll

and seems to be excited
about moving to DC to begin her studies in

American’s International
Studies program, and though we’re not excited

about her leaving home we’re
so very proud of her and all she’s

accomplished at this young
age (at this point when I was a senior all

I could lay claim to was
‘well, I can sort of do a handstand on a


Meanwhile, not to be outdone,
younger sister Hayley worked the past

few months as Assistant
Director of the local middle school’s

Shakespeare production (Midsummer
Night’s Dream), swam for the Y

again, and did so well in
each and every one of her tenth grade

classes that she’s exempt
from all of her final exams. So, there’s

this incredibly wonderful
and beautiful young lady perched on the

couch over at the farm,
doing absolutely Jack Squat for a change. Good

for her – and our Pride
Bucket is sloshing right over the top. At any

rate, what I was trying
to get around to was to say that Amanda and I

are still following the
Boy Scout rule.  If you think of this tiny

planet as our campsite,
we’re leaving it better than we found it.

These Galliwags are spectacular
and restore my faith in the future.

So there you have it. 
Proud Dad?  I guess so.

Buy some leather – you should
see the tuition bill.



Brettuns Village Leather

Auburn, Maine

Hayster on the left, Becca-Boo
on the right

Becca with somone who looks
like Churchill’s Grandfather (dress by H&M, shoes by one of those shoe
places down in Portland)




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