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Date:10/25/2014 8:43:08 PM
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Deer hide
This is my first deer hide I'm working on. My wife has tanned a sheep hide when she was young for 4H. There are many different ways to do it. Two differences are wether you use chemicals or natural recipes. For braining a hide the common process from my research is.
-Soak hide in wood-ash water solution. (egg should float)Untill everything scrapes easily. Then rinse.
-Scrape hide with semi sharp object. (Back of hack saw blade) untill upper layer of skin is removed. It'll look really clean.
-Dry hide. Then moisten hide a little.
-Make brain solution. Recipes are on internet. Dont get it on hair.
Let sit untill well absorbed. then use flat object and press out brain gew thats left over.
Stretch on a frame
Let dry. and work hide till soft.
(Usually over a wood beam.)
Then smoke hide over pot of coals. Keep hide cool. when lightly browned on both sides, its done. This makes the hide stay soft after moistening and redrying in the elements. Ill keep you up to date with how it works for me. Im getting redy to brain my buckskin.
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