tanning hides

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by quackkillsduxs, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. quackkillsduxs

    quackkillsduxs New Member

    madison mississippi
    Im gonna try to tan a hide i already got half the meat off, is there an easier way to get the rest off. And what do you need to tan it?
  2. Chrisingeorgia

    Chrisingeorgia New Member

    Make a frame from 2" x 4" lumber. The frame should be a foot larger than the hide on each side. Lace the hide to the frame by running nylon cord through holes spaced 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm) apart along the edges. Use a knife point or awl to make the holes. Begin lacing at the head end and lace loosely at first. At the end of each side, tie the cord off with half-hitches. After the lacing is completed, go back and tighten it until the hide is taut. Now you're ready to scrape the hide by using a sharp knife or scraper blade to remove all the tissues from the stretched hide. Allow the hide to air dry where there is good ventilation. The dried hide is rawhide which will keep indefinitely. To turn the rawhide into a tanned hide you'll need to soak it in brains. Two pork brains should be sufficient for a deer hide. Neat's-foot oil may be substituted for brains since it is a natural oil extracted from marrow. Boil the brains, then cool in a cup of water for about 15 minutes. Let them cool until they are just slightly warm and squeeze them between your fingers to remove the membranes. Rub the brains onto both sides of the hide as if they were a bar of soap (flesh side only if hair is left on). When all portions of the hide are covered with the paste, use a large brush to apply the broth in which the brains were cooked. Leave the hide in a shaded place for half a day. You can also make a solution of brains and water (cream consistency) and soak hides, squeezing solution through the hides. Soak again by first dampening the hide with warm water (use a paintbrush). When the hide is pliable, unlace it from the frame and soak it in lukewarm water for 24 hours. If tanning with the hair on, do not unlace the hide. Instead, cover the flesh side with warm wet rags and allow the hide to soften. To re-stretch, remove the soaked hide from the water and lace it to the frame again. Use a 5- to 6-inch (12 to 15 cm) blade of wood or metal to squeegee water from the hide. While the hide is drying, continue to remove water using the scraper. Keep the hide stretched by applying pressure on the scraper as you scrape. Keeping the hide stretched while it dries is essential to getting a soft tan. After this step you're ready to move the hide into the sun or turn a fan on it to dry. Continue to scrape or knead the hide with your hands until the hide feels warm and slightly damp. Cut the hide from the frame with a knife, leaving an inch margin that includes the lacing holes attached to the frame. Rubbing is done by tying one end of a rope (l/2-inch diameter) to a tree limb that branches at 6 or 7 feet (2 m) from the ground. Tie the other end of the rope at the tree's base. Make the rope tight. Pass the hide around the rope and grasp the ends on both sides, beginning at the top. Pull back and forth, causing the hide to stretch over the rope. Re-grip the ends slightly lower and repeat. Continue until you reach the bottom of the hide. Rotate the hide 90 degrees (so the edges are now the ends) and repeat the stretching. Now repeat the procedure until the hide is dry and soft. Remove and store the hide for several hours. If it begins to feel moist again (a result of water coming to the surface from within the hide), rub it over the rope. The finished hide should be dry, fluffy and white. This is the same process Indians used for tanning hides and it really does work if you put in the effort.

  3. Big Country01

    Big Country01 New Member

    thta's allot of work, i tried doing a squirrel hide once till the cat pulled it of the board i had it tacked to(stupid :cursing: cat)...

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

    on the deer head im doing ya first salt entire hide with salt for 24 hrs to set the hair, then use an acid pickle to pickle the hide. pickling crystals and salt in water. 1 # of salt pre gallon. then use tan oil available online from many taxidermists.