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  • Resource Database / Crafts & Indigenous Skills / Leather & Clothing / Hide, Fur & Tanning

    Resources: 9 listings
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    Brain Tanning Photos: work in progress
    Windy-One & Deer Hide Skin-side has been fleshed of meat; now to scrape the hair. The husband using hair clippers to shave hair off. Sped the process up! *L* The hide actually looks pretty neat with the hair cropped close! Was amazed to learn just
    More sites on members.tripod.com
    Caribou Metatarsal Hide Scraper
      Canada - Western
    Simon Fraser University. Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology - To prepare caribou skin for tanning, the hide must be scraped. All fat, meat and connective tissue must be removed before the tanning proceeds. This can be done with a knife made from metal or stone, but these are sharp, and often cut the hide. A better tool is made from the bones of the caribou itself.
    More sites on www.sfu.ca
    Deer Hide Tanning
    A good portion of your deer's live weight is made up by the hide. Having a tanned hide from a deer that you have taken can add to your sense of accomplishment. It is also a good feeling to know that nothing has gone to waste.
    Grain - Tanning Works in Progress
    Small page from bluerose associates with photographs of hide tanning and tools.
    Hide Glue Production
    Yes, from animal hides, almost any animal but primarily from cattle hides. This is simply because of the abundance of cattle hides due to the enormous world wide consumption of beef and subsequent tanning of hides for leather. The trimmed hide pieces (too small or irregular shapes to provide useable leather) are shipped to the hide glue plant.
    Home-tanning deerhide
    Adventures in home-tanning - Last year I decided to try brain-tanning a deerhide. I got a salted and frozen hide from Don Sarrazin in Innisville, Ontario. It came with the fur on it and lots of yucky meaty bits too. The first thing to do was to thaw it and soak all the salt out of the hide so I left it in the laundry tub in the basement for a day or too and changed the water frequently to get rid of the salt. The next step was to remove all the meat and gristle from the inside of the hide (the non-furry side).
    Indian Tanning through Historic Crafts & Skills
    Learn a historical tanning technique that uses only natural materials and produces superior leather
    More sites on www.conservation.state.mo.us
    Tanning a mooshide - Wabash Foundation
    Ojibwe US - Northeast
    These images show the later process of tanning a mooshide. The hair has been removed, and the hide has been soaking in decomposed moose brain solution for several weeks. The solution keeps the hide soft after the drying process.
    Tanning Deer Hides and Small Fur Skins
    Because preserving hides and furs is a very old art, many successful methods have been developed through the years. Native Americans used wood ashes to remove the hair and used deer brains as a tanning agent. Squaws chewed the hides to produce a soft buckskin, but few modern hobby tanners would want to try these methods.

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