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Hey Everyone.

I'd like to start some discussion about tanning methods.

I'm very interested in learning how to tan a hide, particularly in traditional ways. I want my hides to have that wonderful smell that all of the old hides have...you know, that great smokey smell.

If you're experienced with tanning, I'd love to hear about your techniques and see your results.

I suspect I'm not the only one who wants to learn how to tan, so if you're interested in this vanishing art then make yourself known, and maybe we can get a veteran hide tanner to show us the ropes...hint hint...looking for volunteers.

Cheers
 

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I would be up for learning. I have done it in the past, and it turned out well, but I am sure I could learn to do it better.

I know that the local fur store uses someone in Bathurst to cure the hides they use for clothing.
 

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I braintanned buckskin then smoked the hides for a better part of 2 years a while back, it was hard on the arms but made beautiful buckskin.
Tom, I saw a show on brain tanning awhile back and it does a very nice job. My wife thought it was pretty disgusting.
 

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I braintanned buckskin then smoked the hides for a better part of 2 years a while back, it was hard on the arms but made beautiful buckskin.
Yeah, I'd love to learn more about this braintanning. Do you really have to smoke it for 2 years?? How do you smoke it anyway?
 

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Tom, I saw a show on brain tanning awhile back and it does a very nice job. My wife thought it was pretty disgusting.
The brains can go bad very fast but there mixed with hot water, there is no better buckskin then braintanned and smoked the factories can't make it so its very costly for you to buy, its breathable and soft and very easy to sew with.
 
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