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THE END IS NEAR! Well, sort of. Only about 6 weeks left to shop in store here in Goodnight. Come check out the crazy deals; visit the "new" homestead/distribution facility across US 287 - the new home of Herd Wear Online. Need furniture, antique store displays, store decor or some of our Herd Wear signage? ... it all has to go and I am motivated to listen to offers. Remember, June 29-July 6 we will be serving bison deli dogs and burgers lunchtime; music some days --- and if you want to attend the July 5 dinner concert there are a few tickets left. Remember, ticket sale proceeds go to 4 of our local charities. There is a new (easier to swallow) ticket/donation - $50 - that gets you the same "swag bag and goodies" ... lunchtime burgers etc ... but not the fancy dinner July 5 Call or text me if you need clarification (or just to yak!)
Yes, folks ... BIG NEWS. The Texas Historical Commission has bought the store in Goodnight. We will be there through the end of July, 2024 ... and then on line or by phone. No; we are not "quitting" - HERD WEAR will continue. Be sure you are on our email list and also on Buffalo Wool Co's list.
Walter Buyce .... Buyce Leather, Gloversville NY

Walter Buyce .... Buyce Leather, Gloversville NY

Walt is one of our longest running suppliers (except for a short time where I got hacked off at him and "broke up" ... only to make up; couldn't replace him).

We met over 20 years ago at his tiny, cold, workshop in Gloversville.  What a history of leather and leather work that Mohawk Valley, NY town has.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloversville,_New_York.

But this story is about his gloves.... and his dusters.... and his vests.

Persistant is the best word I know to describe him.  Quiet and persistant.  He has kept at it; improving and innovating, and in the process making and selling over 10,000 pairs of bison and deerskin leather gloves of all kinds.  Not all of them were perfect, for sure.  Getting people to "cut and sew" for a wage that will still allow competition with India and China is not easy, but Walt has persisted ... and succeeded. 

                                                                     

    

Probably the second biggest reason for his success is the Sunderland Leather/Colonial Tanning works ... a great old school (like 1930's) bison and deerskin tannery and leather house right in Gloversville.  Walk down the street and pick up your leather; that is what he does.                                    

 Walt just let me know that he has bought a pretty good size building; is looking for new leather projects.   

   

Well, maybe it still needs a little thought!!

This is great, world class bison leather - soft and plyable; tough and durable .... and made "useful" to us here by Walt Buyce's "persistance".  Thank you, Mr. Buyce.  Hope to shake hands again soon ... as retirement gives me more time to see old friends and new things.

Best wishes always.


Cecil

  

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