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QI have ex­pe­ri­enced a few is­sues hav­ing the hides from tro­phies I brought back from Africa tanned. I had a black wilde­beest and a red har­te­beest sent back to the UK, salted and dried. I have tried an ex­haus­tive list of tan­ner­ies in the south-west of Eng­land and Scot­land, but none are able to help. I won­der if you can?

PR, Som­er­set

AAt present, it ap­pears that there are no tan­ner­ies in the UK that would be able to ac­cept these two skins. The con­sen­sus from the tan­ners is that they strug­gle to sep­a­rate in­di­vid­ual cus­tomer skins from the large quan­tity of skins that they process and some only process bovine skins. I have spo­ken to The Bri­tish Leather Com­pany in Northamp­ton, which sug­gests ap­proach­ing the In­sti­tute for Cre­ative Leather Tech­nol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Northamp­ton, which runs a se­lec­tion of cour­ses and might be in­ter­ested in hav­ing its stu­dents tan­ning these skins for you as part of their course­work. In­di­vid­ual skins are pre­dom­i­nately tanned in Italy, at a cost.

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