Do tanners still call themselves tanners? I’ve never met one – though I do feel I’ve seen some at, like, craft fairs or artisanal events. Mostly they just sell leather goods, they don’t seem to be tanning them necessarily – at least not right there. I get the sense that it is a pretty smelly process. But. I have met people with the last name of Tanner and it is remarkable to realize that generations ago, those folks were tanners. And according to the gravedigger, they decompose a little slower than the rest of us.