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Tanning a Hide in Your Free Time

tanning a hideHave a full time life, but want to practice a primitive skill in your free time? Here is a method to for tanning a hide in your free time!

Tanning a Hide

There are few people who know how to tan a hide from start to finish. Tanning used to be essential to a family’s survival, but these days, clothing, rugs and other items made from animal hides are purchased in a store. That doesn't mean there isn't an interest in this skill. Many people still enjoy the old ways of working with leather and would like to know more about it. This video is meant as a guide for folks who are interested in learning how to tan animal hides as a hobby. If the need ever arises, this knowledge could come in handy. This method is designed provide flexibility and allow you to work around the demands of today, not the days of yore when several people had dedicated time to work on a hide. In the video, you will see how to deal with the stuff that clings to an animal hide and a way to preserve the hide, until you have some free time time to get to it, as your schedule allows. her items made from animal hide are typically purchased from a store. However, there are still people who enjoy the old ways and would like to know more about it. This video is a guide for people who are interested tanning as a hobby. The method shown is designed to work around the demands of the way of life today, not the days of yore when there may have been multiple people who had dedicated time to work on a hide. In the video, you will see how to deal with the stuff that clings to the animal hide and way to preserve the hide, until you have some extra time to get to it on your own schedule.
You will need a couple of basic tools before you begin the process of preparing your hide.
  • a couple bricks or rocks.
  • A dull knife or a kitchen spoon
  • 1 to 2 containers of table salt
  • Bucket
Removing the fleshy portions from the hide can be time consuming. You may not have the time needed to get every last bit of fatty tissue off the hide.  The video explains how to preserve the hide so you can work on it as your schedule allows. After you've removed all the flesh, that you are able to. Spread the hide, fur side down. Liberally rub salt all over the flesh side of the hide (lots of salt!).  After the salt is applied, stick a couple bricks or rocks into the bottom of the bucket. Then roll the hide up with the salt inside, and stick in the bucket on top of the rocks. The hide will drain, as it cures, releasing quite a bit of liquid. The rocks or bricks will keep the hide elevated above the liquid, so that it's not soaking in it. When you have time remove the hide and work it some more, then apply more salt, and stick it back in the bucket. This will let you work the hide on your schedule. After the hide is fully cleaned it will need to stretched it for drying. tanning an animal hide This skill may not be necessary today, but if you are a survival-minded person, you probably realize how valuable this knowledge could be if you are thrust into a survival situation.  

2 comments

  1. This was very informative to me. I have just started tanning hides and dont have time to do all tje time so this segment is helpful to me and my family.

    • I need to start tanning some hide myself. I just got a nice bunch of traps so hopefully I’ll get some trapping skills.

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