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 Post subject: Tanning Beaver Hides
PostPosted: 19 Mar 2007, 12:31 
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I've tanned a few small animal hides in the past and would like to tan a beaver. I've read that the fatty animals like beaver, coon etc. need to be degreased in order for the tanning solution to work properly. The only book I have on the subject recomends using kerosene for this, then washing the hide in laundry soap. Wouldn't it be hard to get the kerosene odor out of the pelt??? What do you folks use?


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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2007, 13:44 
Eventually, it will dissipate, but I find that a commercial degreaser used for bathing showdogs works wonders.


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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2007, 18:20 
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That sounds a lot better than kerosene. Is that something that the average pet supply store would stock? Is there a brand you would recomend?


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I have tried to use a homemade tanning solution but it did not work very well I would try something from www.vandykestaxidermy.com like the curatan thats what I will be using to tan a badger as soon as I flesh it. I got to finish that one of these days...........

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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2007, 18:36 
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Thanks sksman.


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sure. I have failed a lot of skins. I am finally going to try some real tan :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: 26 Mar 2007, 13:05 
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Lil Bit wrote:
Eventually, it will dissipate, but I find that a commercial degreaser used for bathing showdogs works wonders.



Somebody told me that several washings in plain laundry detergent works well. What's your opinion?


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PostPosted: 13 Apr 2007, 06:59 
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I have tanned a few hides by fleshing them then they go in a pickle bath. This penetrates the hide and makes it kind of spongie so that the tanning solution will penetrate. Then it goes in the tan. The hardest part is softening the hide. I did and Otter once and if you want to build some upperbody strength thats the thing to do. I really don't have the time now so i send my stuff out to be tanned. If you do that send it to a tanner that will do it for taxidermy. Standard tanning they don't worry about tears and holes in the hide, taxidermy skins they are careful with, it costs a little more.

Oh and yes Vandykes has some good products. I used pickling crystals, you can also use Oxalic acid. For the tan i used a bark tan. It makes some nice buckskin.

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PostPosted: 13 Apr 2007, 10:14 
Personally, I prefer a mixture of Dawn DishDetergent and OxyDex (Canine Degreaser). Works just fine, imo.


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PostPosted: 13 Apr 2007, 20:34 
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Thanks for all the info. Much appreciated everybody. :D


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