From The Forest

Bark Tanning In The Catskills–Past & Present

November 14, 2019

Each year we cover one of the Catskills' most famous forest industries - the Bark Tanning Industry. The Catskills' hemlock trees used to play a major role in the leather-making process, which demanded tannins from the bark on hemlock. We'll discuss this historical industry as well as our experiences in hobby-tanning and deerskins today.