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Mr O



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 6:35 pm    Post subject: Tanning A Deer hide ?  Reply with quote    

My nieghbour five doors down has just shot a 8 tip white tailed buck, does anyone know how to go about tanning the hide?

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

BOT's your bloke for this.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This thread might be useful:

http://forum.downsizer.net/about3498.html

Brownbear



Joined: 28 May 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sally in Wales also, I think, knows about this sort of thing.

Cobnut



Joined: 29 Aug 2008
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Location: North Herefordshire
PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used a tanning kit from Snowdonia Taxidermy Supplies on a deer skin and it was really easy, and they were very helpful when I had a query too

Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tanning any hide would be useful to me. I have a freezer near full of rabbit skins that have been asking to be cured for over six months and I dearly need that freezer space. It would also be nice to have a winter rug so will watch this space.

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I saw that Whittingstall chap cure rabbit skins on the telly once - as I recall he stripped off any remaining bits of meat, then salted them and then just massaged the salt in for ages.

I wasn't paying close attention so he may have used something else, as well as the salt.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

salt it for a day or two to make scraping the fatty bits ,meat ,connective gubbins etc off the inside

there are many ways to tan but all rely on good scraping

a flat board and curved blade suits some as does the reverse

takes me about an hour a square foot to do a good scraping job on a hide ,so allow time

a bit of a dry after scraping helps the cure to soak in


after curing it is important to stretch crinkle and soften for a flexible product

oak wasp galls are a great source of tannin but need a bucket to a deer skin so maybe a wheelbarrow of oak bark off the firewood is more convienient

brain tanning works but is smelly

chemicals work

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What would you do with a box of Edwardian silver fox (possibly) pelts... Just asking...

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.downsizer.net/Projects/A_sustainable_home/Alum_Tawed_Hides_and_Skins_in_Ten_Easy_Steps/

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cathryn wrote:
What would you do with a box of Edwardian silver fox (possibly) pelts... Just asking...


And how long have those been in your freezer ??

A stole.... lots of stoles.... coat collars.... hats.... mitts....

woodsprite



Joined: 20 Mar 2006
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Location: North Herefordshire
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 10 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wear them darling!

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 10 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cathryn wrote:
What would you do with a box of Edwardian silver fox (possibly) pelts... Just asking...


I could put you in touch with a fur trader who sells to re-enactors if that would be any help?

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 10 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I did try to contact them (you gave me the details ages, years ago) but got no reply. Perhaps when you next see them next you could mention it. Tell them it wasn't a weird hoax. I am really not sure wheterh to leave them in their interesting box for the next generation or do something with them.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 10 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hmm, if you know how much you want for them, we could put a post up direct on one of the living history sites?

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