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sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 15 10:11 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
quite a lot round here this year,once the wasps have left the building i will be collecting for tanning skins as they are far better than bark.


I've not tried gall tanning on skins, any tips on the best method?

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 15 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dry them so they smash up easily with a hammer

boil them in water with a little lye if the fur is off for leather ,no lye if fluffy is intended,let em cool

leave the bits in the pickle as more tannins are released as the skin absorbs them from the liquor

amounts depend on how big the skin is,about 20 galls will do a medium sized hare so a cow would be a few bucket fulls at a guess

i have tried a vinegar rinse after tanning but it seems to make little difference apart from the niff

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 15 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do they stain the skin, as oak apples used to be used to make ink?

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