"How do you get that color/finish?" is the single most asked question I get from other leather workers. It's simply the leather. I don't do anything but a very light oil finish after its done. A light coat of Bag Kote and perhaps a lil diluted HiLighter if its carved thats it.AHA! Russet! Horsewright, I have admired your leather work for years and wondered how you got that beautiful finish. I tried dyeing natural leather with a light tan dye and it always left me disappointed. I have checked out Maker's web site, I'll probably order from them. I used Tandy leather and was always unhappy with the flesh side of their product. Several years ago I bought some supplies from a retiring knife maker and included was a 1/2 shoulder of really nice leather so I do know the difference. Thanks for the reply.