Our Story

In 1997, Specialty Leather was founded in Boone, Iowa — and we’ve been producing exceptional leather ever since. We earn your business by turning the hides you provide to us into high-quality leather in a range of colors at fair prices, with reasonable turnaround times. We feel you won’t find finer leather at a better value anywhere. We are experts at making chrome-tanned leather from animals harvested around the world to those hunted right here in our backyard. Our scope of work can range from a single Beaver Tail sent in by a hobbyist in Wisconsin, to a large crate of hides from a successful African safari hunter that are destined to become boots, belts, handbags, gun cases and furniture. Our primary business is to produce leather from hides sent to us by taxidermists, outfitters, and individuals wishing to honor nature and create something special from their harvest. We specialize in Elephant, Hippo, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Deer, Elk, Bison, Alligator, Crocodile, Ostrich, Cattle, Snake, Beaver Tails and more! We can also process your Deer, Elk, Bison and Cattle hides with the “Hair On” as well as create rawhide from these domestic species. All of the tanning and dyeing is completed in-house by our staff and we take great care to make certain that the hides you send to us are the ones you will receive back.

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“Every piece of leather we produce for you is unique and unlike any other”
Your Hide = Your Leather
Fine leather starts with hides and skins that have been properly cared for upon harvesting. Hide preservation - including fleshing, salting, drying, and packaging - is critical to the ultimate leather quality. The most meticulously executed tanning process will produce only mediocre leather if the skins were not adequately cared for prior to shipping to our facility. Read here for details on how to prepare and ship your hide.
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Choose Your Color
At Specialty Leather, we offer 18 different colors for you to choose. The color options can be seen by clicking the link below, but bear in mind that not all computer monitors calibrate color equally. Individual hides and species can also contribute to slight variances in color.

How We Do It
Specialty Leather is one of the few remaining tanneries in the United States that specializes in exotic and safari hides. The process of making leather is complex and fascinating and involves a lot of steps to ensure it is done right. We invite you to read about it here. Or, better yet, stop by the tannery and we’ll show you how we do it.
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What Makes Our Leather So Special
Our photo gallery shows only a small sampling of the leathers we produce. Our leather is completed with a clear polish that will develop a silky finish, enhancing the unique attributes of each leather type. Your finished hide may be suitable for boots, clothing, handbags, upholstery, and more. We are happy to refer you to experts who will work with you on your special projects.
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2135 Industrial Park Road Boone, IA 50036
(515) 433-0176
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