Home Tanning

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by mjollner, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. mjollner

    mjollner Member

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    Can anyone suggest a good and simple tanning solution and method. I need something to tan small game pelts. Also, any recommended books on the subject? Thanks.
     
  2. southerngurl

    southerngurl le person Supporter

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    At first I thought, Home Tanning? What do tanning beds have to do with homesteading? :haha:

    Try looking up "brain tanning" on google.
     

  3. kitty32_z8

    kitty32_z8 Well-Known Member

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    If you want hair on, you can use borax. Works very well on small game pelts.

    Kathy
     
  4. Kevin in MD

    Kevin in MD Member

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    I post the following response on another thread but seem relevant for your question as well

    Tannin can be extracted from leaves and bark of most trees(some a lot better than others). I found the following webpage that explains the process if you feel like trying it.

    http://www.braintan.com/barktan/2tannins.htm
     
  5. Nick53

    Nick53 Well-Known Member

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    Go to www.taxidermy.net they have a separate tanning forum with lots of helpful folks and an extensive archive too. You should be able to find lots of good beginner tips there. There also is a link to WASCO, which is a taxidermy/tanning supplier. They have a small mammal tanning kit with everything ya need for $14.95.

    Nick
     
  6. Bob Mc

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    I have a container of Kwik-N-Eze, a commercially available tanning solution. Haven’t tried it yet, but supposed to be plenty to tan several hides. The only other necessary ingredient is a brine solution. Soak the hide in brine, then apply the tanning solution with a brush. Of course the hide must be properly fleshed first.
     
  7. cowboy joe

    cowboy joe Hired Hand

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    I've used wood ash in place of lye or acid with good success on larger hides. The ashes do occasionally stain the hide. I have my first batch of rabbit skins soaking right now so I'm not sure about the results with smaller hides.

    http://www.braintan.com

    As mentioned, the Brain Tan website has bunches of information & their methods work.
     
  8. Jan Doling

    Jan Doling Well-Known Member

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    southerngurl :

    I read it like you did, only I thought "Homesteaders are usually tanner than anyone else I know just from working outside so much" :cool: