Brettuns Village
Trunks & Leather

Old Trunks, New Leather. 
All from Maine.

October 9, 2009

I’ve always thought
of the Fall as the best time of year up this way,

and not just because of
the wild colors that are all over the place

(by this I mean the clothes
that the Leaf Gawkers wear), and not just

because of the reduction
in general humdiddy, which I reported on last

time, but mostly because
Maine is in its glory right now.  The Fall

colors are spectacular,
of course, and the weather has been good, and

the ducks are flying and
the deer are prancing so the prospects are

good for the freezer. 
It’s a great time of year hereabouts.

I had a great afternoon in
the tree stand last week; stood with my bow

while three small deer walked
around under the stand, just before

sunset.  They hung
around for about 15 minutes or so, but were a

little on the small side,
so I just watched and tried to learn a

little bit about their behavior
– something that may help me in future

outings.  What I learned
was this:  sniff each leaf before you eat it.

 I’m not sure how that’ll
come in handy but it’ll probably pay off


Last Friday, and again this
morning, That Dog and I were up at 4am, on

the river by 5:30 or so,
and ready for ducks by legal time.  Last week

the ducks cooperated, and
Jenny showed that she still remembered how

to swim and which end of
a duck to grab in her mouth.  This week we

had a nice nap; nothing
to shoot at, as I don’t like the taste of some

ducks so we let them pass,
waiting for the tastier ones to show up.

They never showed up today,
which was fine, as we had a nice show to

watch – three eagles working
their way up and down the river, trying

to find a sleeping trout
or duck on the surface.  We had a great

morning out there. 
The coffee was good too – see what I mean? It’s a

great time of year to be
in Maine, and if you ain’t in Maine, you

ought to be so get it figured
out and get over here pronto.

We’ve got a nice new tool
on the Tools page, coincidentally – a

leather branding iron. OK,
it’s really a wood burner that’s been

throttled back on heat so
that it works well with leather, and it

comes with these cool brass
tips that screw in so you can brand little

figures into your project. 
I like these irons and the tips that come

with them – was able to
draw a leaping marlin in just a few seconds,

even though in Maine we
don’t see many leaping Marlins other than on

the boob tube. Then I branded
two hearts on either side of it to make

it a Valentine’s Day Marlin,
which has never (evah!) been seen

upcountry.  A nice

New leathers – garment grade
natural looking cowhide sides in a nubuck

texture (“Nubuck – Like
Suede Only Not So Nappy” – bumper sticker seen

in East Harpswell a few
weekends ago) in bone or tan.  These look very

natural and are quite soft. 
They’re on the Sides and Hides page, of


Red Dog – have you seen this
leather?  It’s also on the Sides & Hides

page – a re-tanned latigo
leather, thick and sturdy, reddish brownish

color, sort of.  Great
for armoring up before you go over to the

fairgrounds on the weekend
so you and your friends can whack the

living daylights out of
each other with swords.  Whatever.

Also on that page- a new
batch of Prairie Mud and another of Natural

Tan Chainsaw – both were
very popular leathers so we were glad to get

more in stock. The Chainsaw
hit the site this morning and is almost

gone, so, well, any more
gibberish and I’ll just sound like a

salesman.  I like this
Chainsaw stuff. I haven’t made anything with

it yet but that’s just because
I can’t find my stapler.

One more item on that page
for those of you who crave purple things in

your abode.  You’ve
already got purple pajamas, purple pillows, purple

shoes, and purple sweaters,
picture frames, eating utensils, jewelry,

and socks.  You know
who you are.  Believe me, the rest of us know who

you are too.  We’ve
got your leather – Purple Cow – a new addition to

the site today.  Nice,
soft leather, nappa quality cowhide sides that

will match your new purple
contact lenses.

Sure, there’s more new stuff
on that page, but you’ll see it when you

have time to poke around,
I figure.  New items on the Clearance page

too, and don’t forget to
check out the list of items we have on our

Deal of the Week, which
is here:


There are some great deals
on there, and some that have sold out, like

just the other day when
we sold out of brand new 2010 Ford pick-up

trucks that were being test
marketed through us for just $100 each.

I’m sure sorry you missed
that one.  Might be a good idea to check the

Deal of the Week on Wednesdays,
but I’ll leave that up to you.

OK, time for me to wake up
That Dog and head for the farm – another

week down the tubes. 
On the way home Jenny will give me a sign to let

me know where she wants
to hunt tomorrow morning.  Usually she picks

Burger King but we’ll see.

Have a great weekend-

Churchill Barton, Assistant

Brettuns Village Leather