Goat pelts

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Michael W. Smith, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. Michael W. Smith

    Michael W. Smith Well-Known Member

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    Since I'm going to have 2 goats butchered in a few days, is there somewhere I can have the pelts sent to and made into something?
     
  2. Have you thought about tanning them yourself?
     

  3. AndreaNZ

    AndreaNZ Well-Known Member

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    We're having 4 4-month old bucks going to the butcher next weekend... I'd love to be able to tan them myself, but I find the info I've read so far (mostly from the internet) is just confusing me. Any sage advice from this forum?

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    chaplain robert Well-Known Member

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  5. AndreaNZ

    AndreaNZ Well-Known Member

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    THANKS, MamaJ! That method sounds cheap and easy and just the thing I will try! I've got a rabbit skin from a bun that I did a couple of days ago (but I tacked it in the woodshed for drying... is that ok to start with that?) to "experiment" with. Same amount of washing soda as alum?

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  6. posifour11

    posifour11 Well-Known Member

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    where do you find alum at a reasonable price? the only place i have found it was at walmart in the spice section. there has to be a better place to get it.
     
  7. Try looking for aluminum sulfate soil acidifier in the gardening section- That's what I use.
     
  8. shelbynteg

    shelbynteg Well-Known Member

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    Great info here, my best working gloves have been goatskin, that soft, wonderful leather is very appealing. MJ, is your recipe adaptable if you don't want the hair on?
     
  9. I buy large 50# bags of alum, salt, or lime at my local co-op feed store? I can't remember which one cost more the alum or the lime but one of them cost around $6.00 per bag and the other cost around $9.00 per bag. If your just doing one hide you could just buy several boxes of salt from your local grocers. But if you are doing more than one you can buy 25# sacks of salt from some grocers also or buy from a feed store.

    For tanning with hair on you will use both salt and alum, for hair off you will use the builders lime.

    If you want to learn how to tan with hair off (making leather) a good book to get is called "Deerskins into Buckskins" by Matt Richards. This book simplifies how to make leather and it will take you step by step on how to do it. I've been making buckskin for a couple of years now and it is not hard to do once you've done your first one.
     
  10. mamajohnson

    mamajohnson Knitting Rocks! Supporter

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    Andrea, you should still be able to tan that hide, if it isnt too dry. Soak it for a few days in the brine first, and then go from there..

    A good place to order allum is through Vandykes Taxidermy Supply in South Dakota. 1-800-843-3320. I havent done buckskin yet, but it is on my list! :)
    When I used the feed store salt I found it was a little too course. Pickling salt works real well. (There have been times when that was all I had!)
    It has been awhile since I did a search, but I think I did find alum online somewhere..... try potasium alum or ammonium alum, they both work.
    Glad I had some useful info! :D