Re: [Nature-Studies] Hide Tanning
Friday, December 21, 2012 5:54 PM
I put the "hair-on" question to some friends with more tanning experience than I. The reaction was mixed. All agreed that the hair would tend to fall out or break, however a few have had good experiences including one who made a hair-on deer hide back quiver he's been using for ten years ( I like that idea so much its on my short list of projects). All agreed that a hair-on deer hide won't tan as soft as buckskin.
The upshot is: hair-on might work, it will probably come out stiffer, like a brown paper bag rather than buttery soft, wet-scrape would be the way to go, dry scrape would require considerable experience not to scrape too much and damage the hair roots.
Hope that helps.
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Subject: [Nature-Studies] Hide Tanning
I have a hunter friend in Wayne, Pa who has a beautiful dear hide he just got and wants to do brain tanning. Anyone experienced in brain-tanning want to do a work-shop for Nature Studies and help my friend out? Best to call me for details, [masked]
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