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Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by ilikefathorses, Aug 21, 2005.
With butcher rabbits, can you tan the hides (and how), and what do you make with them?
Mother Earth News has some good articles on how to tan and use the hides.
Howdy...yes ya can tan them...MammaJohnson from this board is coming to pick up goats she bought from me and is going to teach me how to tan out some rabbit hides...as to what to make well thats up to you...I myself am going to tan and collect enough tanned hides so i can make a white rabbit skin blanket for my guest room...maybe make some and sell them also .....ummm rabbit hand muffs...rabbit scarfs...what ever ya can think of...dale anne
i make alot of native american crafts, like dream catchers, mandellas, etc. i use rabbit fur on alot of my crafts like that, and also sell them to people who tie flies for fishing.
Don't the rabbits have to be mature to have good hides for tanning? I heard that at fryer age their fur does not stay attached to the hide like it does when they are mature.
yes it is better to use pelts from mature rabbits. the leather is thicker, and the fur is more uniform.
I have not ever tanned anything, but did run across this site that might give you a place to start:
http://www.nwtrappers.com/catalog/other/tanningkits.asp here is a link to a place to order tanning kits. for a beginer i would suggest the dixie tan paste, or trappers hide tanning formula. both work pretty well, and cant mess up with them.