We live on a few acres in Northwest Pennsylvania with our four children, two dogs, a lot of cats, a diminishing herd of goats, a growing flock of sheep and some chickens.
We have been selling braintan as our main occupation since 2002. Prior to that it was my hobby/obsession while I held a factory job. Looking back, we would probably have never taken the leap into full time brain tanning if my real job hadnt gone to Mexico. But, God has blessed us with great customers who keep coming back allowing us to live this new, simpler lifestyle. Liza home schools the kids and I do my best to keep the hides going out the door.
Besides brain tanning, we are always trying to increase our various primitive skills. Although we have not by any means mastered them, our varied interests include finger and loom weaving, hair embroidery, knitting, spinning, hunting, trapping, fishing, archery, primitive fire starting, bobbin lace, beading and tin smithing, to name a few.
It is a dangerous thing to try to list all the people who have helped you get where you are today by name for you would surely miss someone. So we will not mention names, however, we feel very honored and blessed by all those who have helped us: family, friends, and even total strangers. Some have guided us with a personal touch, yet others have encouraged us through email, phone, or forums. Some have lead us simply by their example, and then there are all those who have guided our search for these forgotten skills by what they have written down in books and articles for seekers to find and treasure. What blessings are passed down as our lives interact with others. Our prayer for those who have helped us is that God will multiply your blessing and return it back to you and your families.
We are also continuously thankful for each customer’s order. From the smallest poke to the largest elk hide, your purchases are what keep our family business running. Many of our customers have become our friends and we look forward to hearing from them. I cannot count the times I’ve ask God to bless those who use our leather.