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#479681 - 11/04/07 11:09 AM Tanning Hides

Registered: 04/02/07
Posts: 46
Loc: Sooner Country

As Hubby got a deer the other day, and as I've been thinkin' about it anyways................Can anyone give some good information on tannin' hides?

I would love to get into doin' that. Gives me a "role" in the whole process. Plus, it just seems like a great thing to do!
Go ahead, Gimme a reason!

#480450 - 11/05/07 02:05 AM Re: Tanning Hides [Re: cdtac2]
Trapper John
TnDeer Old Timer
16 Point

Registered: 03/13/99
Posts: 11828
Loc: La Vergne,TN/Decaturville, TN

I did a deer hide a few years ago and it turned out ok. I'm a major amateur at it so I just bought a kit from Van Dyke's taxidermy. I believe it was the Curatan kit. It came with everything you need and instructions. The hardest part was "breaking" the hide to make it soft after tanning was complete. Eventually I had to break out the power sander to get it done. Google Van Dyke's taxidermy and take a look around. They have all kinds of stuff.
#481492 - 11/05/07 07:20 PM Re: Tanning Hides [Re: Trapper John]
LA man
18 Point

Registered: 05/31/03
Posts: 20457
Loc: spencer, tn/houma, la.

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i bought a kit from cabelas. it has enough stuff in it to do 2 hides. i did 1 so far and it came out ok. i did learn not to do one in winter unless u do it in a heated room or it will never dry.

#482293 - 11/06/07 10:23 AM Re: Tanning Hides [Re: LA man]

Registered: 04/02/07
Posts: 46
Loc: Sooner Country

Thanks for the info! I got a book on Brain tanning. Thought I might try that out too. Doesn't really seem hard, but I haven't started yet either! HA
Go ahead, Gimme a reason!

#493140 - 11/14/07 10:28 AM Re: Tanning Hides [Re: cdtac2]

Registered: 09/28/03
Posts: 25883
Loc: Spring Hill, TN

Some hunt for racks, some hunt for roasts. I hunt for sheer joy; the aforementioned items are merely fringe benefits.

#674273 - 03/23/08 11:32 PM Re: Tanning Hides [Re: ]
Anonymous TnDeer Old Timer

i did three bobcat hide a month ago with the van dikes kit turned out great. the best way to breah the hide is a dryer with no heat setting. it dose take a week or two for the last step to dry if its cold out.
#687594 - 04/02/08 06:46 PM Re: Tanning Hides [Re: ]
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Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 998
Loc: Middle Tennessee

Sawdust tumblers sure are nice and take care of that little job. Wonder if there are any successful "homade" tumblers out there.
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