HIGH PLAINS SHEEPSKIN was started in the cold, windy basins of southern Wyoming (hence the "HIGH PLAINS") in 1975. My first shop was in Laramie, Wyoming forty years ago. After 9 years there, we moved to Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana. In 1993 we moved a few miles down the road to a building in the one block long downtown of East Helena, formerly Prickly Pear Junction, a town that should brag about itself more that it does. It is a quiet spot in good country. We like the pace and way of life in this neck of the woods.
Prior to starting High Plains, I had several years of experience in the tanning and industrial sheepskin business. In the tannery I worked as a sheepskin finisher and grader. As an apprentice under an old school Czech craftsman, I made sheepskin paint rollers, industrial applicators and saddle pads.
This has always been a small business. Right now I work with Zach who hired on a few years ago; he is getting the hang of this work real fast. The two of us work all year to make the thousands of slippers, hats and mittens that we ship to all 50 states, Canada and overseas.
If you call on the phone you will talk to either Zach or me (Gary). If you get someone other than us, it is probably our answering service. They take orders for us when we are on the other line, or if it is after hours. They will take your order just fine, but if you have a question, you are better off talking to one of us here at the shop.
We are proud to offer sheepskin products that are made in America. We still make them one at a time, we like working with our hands.
Thanks for making it all possible by your past and present business.
-Gary Thomas, November 2015