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Tanning a hide- 10 easy steps to a well cured pelt or hide.
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Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 06 7:51 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

there is a dvd produced by matt richards, the writer of deerskins into buckskins...isbn 0-9658672-4-2 which would show everything you need to know.....i don't know if it is playable in this country

i have been seriously thinking about trying to get hold of it because it shows the fleshing and getting the hair off and how far you should go etc.

i got the book off amazon i think, it wasn't all that expensive and certainly goes through the process quite thoroughly and in plain language...it was a very interesting book and there is a web site as well - braintan.com although i only visited it a few times.

soem of the clothing produced by tanners in the us is absolutely superb, incredible work and well beyond me but his tanning book gives you all you need except the time to do it in.....

a lot of his processes could be used on any type of skin

i would really like to get into doing skins a bit more

perhaps i should investigate the dvd a bit .....

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 06 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oak wasp galls are an ace tannin source .
remind me to post recipies please

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 06 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

they are indeed, make ink with them a couple of times a year at least. Not always easy to find round here though.

judetheabstruse



Joined: 10 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello, there. Does anyone have the name of the three day curing chemical that can be ordered from Boots?
Jude

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33691
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've just spent some time in the tanneries in Morocco, and they were doing this, but using cow's urine and pigeon droppings. More environmentally friendly, perhaps, but did it ever stink...

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43953
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When Bermondsey was a big tanning area it used to be done with human urine and dogs crap.

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
When Bermondsey was a big tanning area it used to be done with human urine and dogs crap.


very true

and collecting doggy doos was a job of one of the poorer strata of society according to that prog that tony robinson did all about the worst jobs in history

i personally think i shall stick to salt and alum

i have managed to get hold of a scraper, made for me by a local blacksmith but still can't get hold of a copy of the dvd for our player as it wasn't one of the more expensive ones and won't play all the different zones

still want to do it properly but will have to wait now till we get to wales..........

Pea



Joined: 19 Sep 2005
Posts: 959
Location: Rugby
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 07 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judetheabstruse wrote:
Hello, there. Does anyone have the name of the three day curing chemical that can be ordered from Boots?
Jude


Hi can anyone remember this? I have a skin from my Balwen lamb that I would like to do. Hopefully I can get the potash Alum from boots but, if not I might be able to get the other product.

Cheers Pea

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 09 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The post at the head of this thread has now been articlified here.
A.

unlacedgecko



Joined: 21 Nov 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 09 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have recently been tanning some fox pelts with a battery acid and table salt reicipe i found on the internet. i will publish photos once i finish. so far i have done two pelts, they are a little dry and stiff at the moment tho. but i do have some neats foot oil to massage into them. hopefully this will soften them up and make them more flexible.

kevin.vinke



Joined: 19 Dec 2006
Posts: 1304
Location: Niedersachsen, Germany
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 09 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have two fairly small sheep skins which I want to try. They are very mucky though and itīs freezing outside! Any reason they couldnīt be put through the washing machine? For the first stage.

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
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Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 09 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Might make them a bit cloggy? I have washed sheepskin rugs in the machine though and they come oiut fine.

I am still annoyed that the ill tempered abbatoir owner could not be bothered to keep mine. Even when asked nicely and reminded. We hadn't shorn the lambs with this is in mind and one was a nice Jacob. We shan't be using him again. He might be a good butcher but aside from that he has nothing to recommend him.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 09 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd worry about felting the hair side in the washing machine, but if you felt a 'wool wash' cycle would be gentle enough, aand that the machine could cope with the amount of dirt that might come off, then it could be worth a go.

I might be more tempted to wash in the bath and put through a spin cycle in the machine to get it dry enough to deal with?

kevin.vinke



Joined: 19 Dec 2006
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Location: Niedersachsen, Germany
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 09 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
I'd worry about felting the hair side in the washing machine, but if you felt a 'wool wash' cycle would be gentle enough, aand that the machine could cope with the amount of dirt that might come off, then it could be worth a go.

I might be more tempted to wash in the bath and put through a spin cycle in the machine to get it dry enough to deal with?


Ok will try the smallest first, nothing vetured and if it doesnīt work try the bath method. Thanks Sally.

kevin.vinke



Joined: 19 Dec 2006
Posts: 1304
Location: Niedersachsen, Germany
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 09 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just a quick update. I ended up putting both through the washing machine. On the wool setting 30 degrees extra rinse and 1000 rpm spin. Came out much cleaner, still a few bits of poo but uch better.

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