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 Post subject: Re: Brain Tanning
PostPosted: 12 Mar 2013, 12:17 
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Swamp how do you go about the process of scraping and breaking while drying. Going to start this at the end of the month when beav is over with. Will have more time. Will just be running the hounds then.

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 Post subject: Re: Brain Tanning
PostPosted: 12 Mar 2013, 18:54 
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Theres a lot of ways to go about breaking the hide. Running the hide over a cable, back and forth and side to side, works well. Pulling the hide over some type of dull metal edge, similar to a shovel, works. Stretching the hide in a frame and then softening by pushing on it with a wooden pole is how deer and elk hides and such are softened. Or for small hides, you can stretch it with just your hands. I have found a way to somewhat thin tough areas. I figured it out on the tough neck of a coon. Take a sharp pair of scissors, and with a finger or two underneath the hide pushing up, begin to snip the hide. Your fingers will let you know if you start to get too deep. However, this will take a while, and I've only done it for troublesome spots on the face and neck.

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 Post subject: Re: Brain Tanning
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Theres a lot of ways to go about breaking the hide. Running the hide over a cable, back and forth and side to side, works well. Pulling the hide over some type of dull metal edge, similar to a shovel, works. Stretching the hide in a frame and then softening by pushing on it with a wooden pole is how deer and elk hides and such are softened. Or for small hides, you can stretch it with just your hands. I have found a way to somewhat thin tough areas. I figured it out on the tough neck of a coon. Take a sharp pair of scissors, and with a finger or two underneath the hide pushing up, begin to snip the hide. Your fingers will let you know if you start to get too deep. However, this will take a while, and I've only done it for troublesome spots on the face and neck.



Thanks Lox. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Brain Tanning
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jase wrote:
I like my hat! Not home made, but home caught otter fur! :--D

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Almost matches your whiskers :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Brain Tanning
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just a guess, but i would think any hide could be rehydrated by soaking it for as long as necessary.
if you want more brain tanning info, PM MusselshellGal and/or go to Paleoplanet...they have loads of things on brain tanning there.

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 Post subject: Re: Brain Tanning
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TrapperAL wrote:
just a guess, but i would think any hide could be rehydrated by soaking it for as long as necessary.
if you want more brain tanning info, PM MusselshellGal and/or go to Paleoplanet...they have loads of things on brain tanning there.



Very good AL. I will do that. Thanks much! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Brain Tanning
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Jase, did you remove the pictures of the hats you and Russ had made? I am thinking about getting one made and was going to see which style I liked better. It shows the pictures as "unavailable". Would you mind reposting them?

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 Post subject: Re: Brain Tanning
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Tanned many a deer and elk but never fur on pelt.
There are as many methods of tanning as there are tanners and of course each one's method is the RIGHT way, as of course mine is, so good luck to ya.
Somewhere on my past posts is a photo of what I think is a very handsome raw beaver hat, the sort I make. I don't see any like it anywhere else. My own design as far as I know, but then great minds think alike. :mrgreen:

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