American Buffalo Leather
First used as machine belting in New England factories after the Civil War, buffalo leather proved thicker, stronger and more flexible than cowhide and outlasted any other natural material. Craftsmen quickly discovered that buffalo leather differed from cowhide both in thickness and flexibility which translated into exceptionally comfortable upholstered furniture. Today, tanned as “naked” leather without plasticizers, paint or harmful chromium, it is ecologically sound and buttery soft. Its combination of comfort and versatility make it a joy to touch and use.
How It All Began
The Scenic Mesa Ranch in Hotchkiss, Colorado is an almost impossibly beautiful place, and home to Scenic Mesa Ranch and its buffalo herd. The Valley is a patchwork of organic farms, orchards and native sagebrush neatly tucked beneath snowcapped 13,000-foot mountain peaks. Off the beaten path and on the road to nowhere in particular, it has attracted artisans, independents and visionaries for decades.
It's in this idyllic setting that the aptly named Scenic Mesa Ranch was founded. Initially begun as a project to restore native buffalo range on the ranch, Scenic Mesa soon developed a commercial buffalo meat business. As guest lodges were built, we used available buffalo hides to make ranch furniture that could handle cowboys, hunters, and dogs. Together with the immense talent and creativity of local artisans, we have developed a uniquely rugged yet classic, finely handcrafted line of American-ethnic furniture and accessories called The Buffalo Collection. Read more of our story »
The Buffalo Collection™
The Buffalo Collection is a Proud Industry Partner of ASID
Our flagship line of buffalo leather products is made by artisans here in our Colorado valley. The details, designs and decorations of our furniture and accessories were inspired by cowboy crafts – boots, lariats, reins, bridles, patchwork quilts and appliqué. The best of American western tradition lives on in a form appreciated in sophisticated modern life. American handwork graces all we make – from frames to finished work.
Buffalo leather furniture is virtually unparalleled in its cushy softness, strength and durability. Combined with the craftsmanship of our strong hardwood frames, hand-tied springs, and down-filled cushions, you'll experience a superior product of heirloom quality. It nicely bridges the timeline from an older, simpler way of life to today's contemporary, more sophisticated lifestyles. Each piece is crafted with lasting comfort in mind - designed to be cherished through the generations. The basic neutral colors of our buffalo leather – sand, saddle, mocha and black – harmonize with any décor. Your rugs and curtains will be enhanced by the rich beauty of this naked American leather. We're proud of its buttery-soft "hand," as well as the perfection of its manufacture.
Our designs range from casual ranch to urban contemporary. Attention to detail, handmade knots, lacing and braiding, sewn ribbing and appliqué give these pieces unmatched appeal, whatever the setting. We also offer 16 colors and finishes of buffalo leather for reupholstery, wall treatments, stair runners and other imaginative applications.