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In 1979, after tiring of the quality and cost of sending out his tanning, taxidermist and sculptor, Roger Smith began to do his own tanning. Soon, word spread throughout the state of Michigan about the great quality tanning he was doing. Two years later, at the urging of his fellow taxidermists, and driven by the need to provide for his young family, Modern Fur Dressing became a reality in downtown Leslie, Michigan.

In 1998, Modern Fur Dressing moved from its humble home in the downtown Leslie business district to the new Leslie Business Park, and began to grow rapidly. By 2006, the original 8,160 sq.ft. building had been outgrown. Driven by the demand for their high quality handling of African big game skins, an additional 5,000 sq. ft. was added on.

In 2007 Modern Fur Dressing became a company of The Wildlife Gallery Inc. With a top notch staff and state of the art facilities our tan is poised to continue its prominence in the fur dressing industry for many years to come.

We employ the use of state-of-the-art equipment such as our Turner machines to ensure consistent quality and quick turnaround times for larger pieces.

We are one of only a few tanneries in the country fully equipped and staffed for African big game, as well as all North American species and fine fur. We will take care of your tanning needs with unmatched consistency.

We are here to help you. So give us a call if you have any questions regarding our tanning process, need to voice a concern, or just need to know the shipping status of your finished skins.

Our consistent turnaround time is another reason why so many taxidermists choose The Wildlife Gallery to do their tanning.

Generally, you can expect an average turnaround time of around 100 days. During peak seasons, however, the number of days will increase.

We take the utmost care to ensure the highest quality control possible, from the time your skin enters our door until the time it’s finished.

It all begins in our receiving department where every hide is processed and recorded the day it arrives.

After being encoded and sorted by date, it enters our well-organized storage facility. If you have a question about the status of your order, we can easily locate and track your skin’s progress.

Once your skin enters the tanning process, it will be handled by our experienced shavers. What does this mean to the taxidermist? Consistent quality every time.

Once the shavers have done their jobs, the skins are turned over to our finish department. These people have developed their skills over many years and they know the importance of oiling, drying, breaking, and grooming each skin in a very precise and consistent manor. When they are done, the finished leather is smooth, soft, and mounts extremely well.

For more information about our services, please feel free to contact us at (989) 772-4100 or send an e-mail to We hope you’ve gained some insight as to why we believe The Wildlife Gallery should be your tannery of choice. You need to see the difference for yourself!