Buffalo Hides

Walking Into The Old West: Montana Buffalo Coat Available Now

The Montana Buffalo Coat

The Montana Buffalo Coat hanging next to the Madison River, just outside of Yellowstone. Click image for larger view.

Imagine yourself walking into the swirling Montana snow, ┬ánegative 40 degrees, and you can’t see past the nearest lodgepole pines because of the white-out conditions. A calf was about to be born and it’s vital you get outside to check on it. But how do you stay warm?

A hundred years ago they knew what to do – pull on a full-length coat made from a buffalo hide. The interlocking hair traps your body warmth and the leather blocks the fierce winds.

This classic western coat is now available to be custom made just for you.

It takes about eight weeks to create one of these beautiful coats – the tailoring doesn’t start until I get all of your measurements, meaning this is made just for your size. Why all this work? Remember, people are going to admire this coat, it will stir distant memories of cowboys and ranchers and trappers, and they will come up to admire it. You want to look good, so the custom-tailoring is key.

Here’s the other important factor: I let you pick out the buffalo hide, meaning I’m not using left-over pieces that wouldn’t sell otherwise. That’s right – what I’m offering is that you get to choose from my premium selection of thick-haired, colorful, prime winter hides that I personally pick out each year.

Don’t delay in ordering your coat. Here is a page on the main web site with additional photos. It’s easiest to do this work over the phone, so call me, David Barnes, at (314) 322-3299 and we can get started right away.




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Buffalo Hide in new True Grit

Did you notice what Jeff Bridges was wrapping himself with while sleeping in the new True Grit movie? A great, big buffalo hide.

The buffalo hide makes a great bed cover. They are warm, of course, but you don’t get sweaty in one because of how they breathe. This is a natural product, and better than whatever synthetic things that have been dreamed up since the frontier days.

So, did I like True Grit? It was OK, but it needed the charisma of John Wayne.

Order your buffalo hide here or give me a call at (406) 646-6717.

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Buffalo Hides: from Historical Account to Modern Panorama

I have a couple of developments on the buffalo hide front that may be of interest:

1. I enjoy reading historical accounts of the buffalo and found an oral history taken by the American Museum of Natural History back in 1913. They spoke with a female member of the Hidatsa tribe and she talked about how they used buffalo hides. You can read more about this on my e-commerce site. I also include pictures comparing a summer buffalo hide to one in winter.

2. I have a great new buffalo hide available and, for something new, I’ve created a panorama of it. You can zoom in and out as well as scroll back and forth. My whole goal is to help you envision how the buffalo rug will look in your cabin or mountain lodge. You can go to the panorama page by clicking here.

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Top Five Uses For A Buffalo Hide

After much research and thought, I’ve come up with the top five ways to use a buffalo hide for that rustic cabin decor:

1. Rugs
2. Blankets/Comforters (I sleep under one during the Montana winters and never get cold)
3. Wall hangings
4. Furniture Throws
5. Over a Stair Rail

Need more reasons? Visit the “About Buffalo Hides” page here at my online store. Or, go directly to the catalog of what is currently available.

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