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CoastieGM
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Basic Hide Tanning Kit (SOFT HIDE, not stiff)


Need a recommendation.

Looking for a basic hide tanning kit for my 11 yr old son who wants to tan some squirrel hides. We want a soft, pliable hide when all is done.

The way I always preserved hides when I was a kid ended up with stiff hides. Want to learn about making soft hides.

What say the OB?







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skidry
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re: Basic Hide Tanning Kit (SOFT HIDE, not stiff)


i may be wrong, but I think you get a soft hide by working the leather over a tool after it is tanned.

Eta: you have to break the fibers in both directions.



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DonChowder
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re: Basic Hide Tanning Kit (SOFT HIDE, not stiff)


I'd like to know myself. Tried a couple if times as a kid with rabbit hides. Stiff as a board.





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DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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Seems to be entirely too much work for some squirrels. And I think you can get a deer done at a taxidermist for like $50. I'd just drop it off for the hassle this looks to be.






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CoastieGM
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re: Basic Hide Tanning Kit (SOFT HIDE, not stiff)


I definitely want the boy to go through the process. Heck, I want to learn. Here are a couple of kits I've found:

LINK

LINK

It's interesting to learn some of the lingo. Apparently "wall hanger" is lingo for "stiff".

Surely there has to be at least one taxidermy hobbyist on the OB. Seems like inquiring minds around here want to know.








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skidry
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re: Basic Hide Tanning Kit (SOFT HIDE, not stiff)


My son does squirrels regularly. He is starting his first deer skin today. What other question do you have?





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CoastieGM
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re: Basic Hide Tanning Kit (SOFT HIDE, not stiff)


quote:

Eta: you have to break the fibers in both directions.

Yeah, I remember doing this, but it was still a bit on the "crunchy" side. Never could get anywhere near the "buckskin" type pliability we're looking for.

I've heard of chemical treatments, brains, mayonnaise, eggs, and all sorts of treatment agents and drying methods from sun, to chemical to salt.

All I know to do from experience is scraping and salting. How do you and your son treat hides?






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skidry
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re: Basic Hide Tanning Kit (SOFT HIDE, not stiff)


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We just started with this set from cabelas and followed the directions as precisely as we could. He also watched YouTube videos nonstop about taxidermy for a month.

Eta: to be honest I don't think we ever got a buckskin type finish either, but my understanding is the longer you work it the softer the finish.



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CoastieGM
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re: Basic Hide Tanning Kit (SOFT HIDE, not stiff)


Ok. That helps out.

From what your saying (as well as many other places around the interwebz), it sounds like we have to keep our expectations measured being do-it-yourselfers.






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jaggedlp
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Use the lutan you posted the link for
You will just need pickling salt which you can get at walmart
As some one else said, to get them soft you have to "break" the hide after to get it soft
I think there are some videos on you tube of people doing that






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skidry
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Keep our expectations measured


I don't think so, just be prepared to put in the time and effort required for a very soft finish.






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