Our Story

In 1997, Specialty Leather was founded in Boone, Iowa — and we’ve been producing exceptional leather ever since. We make high-quality leather in a range of colors at fair prices, with reasonable turnaround times. We feel our customers won’t find finer leather at a better value anywhere. We are one of the last remaining tanneries in the USA that specializes in exotic and safari hides and provide great peace of mind for customers that wish to get their trophies back to the USA for processing vs. dealing with challenges overseas. We produce leather in small, custom batches in a similar fashion to how it was done in generations past. Our everyday approach is one with a focus on quality, consistency and exceptional customer service.

We provide hair-off chrome tanning and drum-dyeing for most animal hides. Elephant, Hippo, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Deer, Elk, Bison, Alligator, Crocodile, Ostrich, Cattle and Beaver Tails are the main business segments – Elephant, Hippo, Rhino and most African Antelope Species set us apart from our domestic competitors. We can also process your Deer, Elk, Bison and Cattle hides with the “Hair On” as well as create rawhide from these domestic species.

We process your hide for your use – you will receive your hide back, not a substitution. The leather is full-grain without correction, meaning there may be scars, tick bites, etc. present and visible. For this reason, every piece of leather we produce for you is unique and unlike any other. The story your leather tells is specific to the life of the animal you harvest and is just one of the elements that makes this work so rewarding for all of us. Our turnaround time is quicker than most due to the small, custom batches, with most processing taking less than 10 weeks. We provide excellent customer service and a variety of colors from which to choose. All work is completed in-house by our staff. In most cases we do not require a down payment to begin work. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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2135 Industrial Park Road Boone, IA 50036
(515) 433-0176
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