About us


The Shetland Tannery ltd. is a family run business that prides itself in providing the best quality sheepskins and Shetland lifestyle products.

The Shetland Tannery ltd. was founded and created by Natalie Cairns-Ratter in 2012.

Natalie has a great passion for running her croft with her husband and creating a great family life on Shetland. 

Wanting to know more about the meat industry Natalie found that waste products from sheep on Shetland were in abundance so wanted to use turn this into something positive.

After putting herself through a leather course and learning the tanning process for leatherwork and sheepskins Natalie created the tannery.

Being an advocate for keeping tradition alive in Shetland, Natalie was also able to acquire original machinery used for tanning sheepskins many years ago. 

Our Shetland sheepskins are all sourced, selected and acquired from Shetland. Some sheepskins can have a bloodline dating back 100 years. 

Along with Natalie’s passion for the rural life she is also a credited violinist.

Keeping creativity in the family, Natalie’s twin sister also spearheads The Shetland Tannery ltd. from the city of Edinburgh keeping the link strong between the city and the Shetland Isle.

Stephanie has a First class Sculpture degree from Edinburgh College of Art and has worked in online retail for many years gaining invaluable experience.

She also illustrates in her spare time.

 

Our process

Every sheepskin we work with at Shetland Tannery is sourced as a by-product from the meat industry.

All of our sheepskins undergo the process of tanning, precisely and skilfully done within the UK. We now work with another British tannery so we can provide our beautiful Shetland sheepskins all year round . Once tanned our sheepskins are finished in our workshop on specialist machinery to give a polished high quality finish.

 We're proud to offer all products that represent our business ethos. The select few products that are created off site have been sourced and constructed to the highest quality which are all hand finished within our workshop in Shetland.