Tanning deer hides


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SquirrelNuts
December 24, 2002, 05:25 PM
A friend of mine shot a very large buck on Saturday. He took it to a local processor and I gave him $15 to save the hide (which is a service provided by the processor). How do I tan the hide to keep it from rotting?

-SquirrelNuts

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riverdog
December 25, 2002, 04:32 PM
http://www.geocities.com/junipercreekfarm/farming/Other/tanning_hides.htm
Seems to be what you need.

4thHorseman
December 26, 2002, 12:26 AM
Thanks also Riverdog. I was wondering about a boar hide. I'll try some of the info.:)

Bruz
December 26, 2002, 02:58 AM
I read somewhere the Indians used to cover them in bear fat and "chew" on them to make them soft and pliable...any hear this also? :confused:

Chuck Dye
December 26, 2002, 12:27 PM
For a very good read in general and a description of the traditonal brain tanning technique in particular, read Cache Lake Country by John Rowlands. So far as I know it is out of print again but it is quite worth the effort of finding in a library or used book store. I doubt I'd risk a deer hide to brain tanning first time out, but may eventually try it on a rabbit hide.

G21NE
December 28, 2002, 12:31 AM
BRAINS!!!

I have heard that from a local "mountain man", soak the brain of the animal in water (I forgot how long) then rub it in to the hide.

Note : I have never done this, take at your own risk.

Chuck Dye
December 28, 2002, 03:11 AM
G21NE,

I have been told that many tribes of the first immigrants hold that their god or gods, in their wisdom, gave each animal exactly the brain size required to tan the hide. I never pursued it, but tend to trust the source in such matters.

Huck

mete
December 31, 2002, 09:14 PM
The indians did use the brains to treat the hide. If I remember correctly the hide is soaked in water with ashes until the hair comes off then the brains are rubbed into the hide.

Bruz
December 31, 2002, 10:02 PM
I have been told that many tribes of the first immigrants hold that their god or gods, in their wisdom, gave each animal exactly the brain size required to tan the hide.

Not true...met many people that do not have as much brains as it would take to tan a mouse! :scrutiny:

Traveler
December 31, 2002, 10:58 PM
I guess I'm just lazy. My local taxidemist does them for about $40.

Chuck Dye
January 1, 2003, 02:26 PM
;)Ah, Bruz! Just another difference between myth and reality!;)

Carlos Cabeza
January 2, 2003, 05:35 PM
Its a lot of work too. Be careful with the brain material if you live in an area known to have CWD or Jacob-Crutchfeld problem. I would pay a Taxidermist to do the deer and experiment on smaller game until I got appreciative results.

4v50 Gary
January 5, 2003, 09:51 PM
The brains was crushed in rain water (back in those days no chemicals were added to the water) and then the hide was soaked in that water. It would occasionally be pulled out, unravel and refolded for more soaking.

yorec
January 6, 2003, 12:42 AM
Yep and the water was heated some, not enough to cook the brain, just enough to help it break down into a nice goo.

Then comes the effore of stretching and twisting the hide as it dries. Gotta get all the conecting fibers limber befor ethey dry in place and ya gotta start over. Get the squaw to chew on tough sposts...

Tanning a deer hide in this way is a lot of work. those that can do it successfully and a lot have my respect. They also have arms like Popeye.

Done it and and have a couple of buckskins to show for my effort. Also have a few rock hard wads of rawhide to show my failures.

Who's that taxidermist that does it for 40 bucks? :D

thumbtack
January 18, 2003, 11:24 PM
Here is another good website.

http://www.braintan.com

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