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Have any of you guys tanned any hides or furs? If so, what formula did you use and how did you like the result? I've done a few in past years, but I was never completely happy with how they turned out.

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  • Have any of you guys tanned any hides or furs? If so, what formula did you use and how did you like the result? I've done a few in past years, but I was never completely happy with how they turned out.

    Have any of you guys tanned any hides or furs? If so, what formula did you use and how did you like the result? I've done a few in past years, but I was never completely happy with how they turned out.

  • #2
    I was taught to practice on small animals. I did a few small animals(squirrels, rabbits, etc.) with everything from brain tanning to products I bought online from China. Something I learned is that practicing on a small piece(like a 5"x5" piece) will result in the same product as the full size with much less work. I'd suggest doing the same...practice on the throwaway pieces with different products. I'd even try brain tanning if I were you.

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    • #3
      Had the same result as you so now I take my hides to a professional tannery. Much less work plus better quality than I could do.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JM View Post
        I was taught to practice on small animals. I did a few small animals(squirrels, rabbits, etc.) with everything from brain tanning to products I bought online from China. Something I learned is that practicing on a small piece(like a 5"x5" piece) will result in the same product as the full size with much less work. I'd suggest doing the same...practice on the throwaway pieces with different products. I'd even try brain tanning if I were you.
        Hey JM I just noticed over on the right side of this page you've entered the top 10 users, congratulations.

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        • #5
          There are several products on the market, however, which ever you choose, be prepared to put in some work. After the tanning process itself, there is much to
          do in softening the piece of hide. It needs to be broken down through stretching
          and working it over an edge of a board. The secret to good results of course is
          the product used, but more important is the time you put into the fleshing job in
          the first place. The thinner you can flesh the hide and get it closer to the hair
          roots, the softer the skin will be. The fleshing process can only be done right
          with a sharp draw knife and that will take some knowhow and patience to learn.
          Tanning one's own hides may be satisfying to do, however, I am not sure it is
          worth the effort. After all my years as a taxidermist, I finally learned it was much
          easier to have tanning done at a profesional tannery. Tanning kits or supplies
          can be purchased at VanDykes Taxidermy, Chase Taxidermy and if you bring
          up taxidermy supplies on the internet, you will find many more. Good luck.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JM View Post
            I was taught to practice on small animals. I did a few small animals(squirrels, rabbits, etc.) with everything from brain tanning to products I bought online from China. Something I learned is that practicing on a small piece(like a 5"x5" piece) will result in the same product as the full size with much less work. I'd suggest doing the same...practice on the throwaway pieces with different products. I'd even try brain tanning if I were you.
            I noticed that too. Didn't you used to be like top 5 before that unfortunate incident a few years back when you had to start over from scratch?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
              Had the same result as you so now I take my hides to a professional tannery. Much less work plus better quality than I could do.
              I've considered that option. What tannery do you use? Do the hides need to be stretched-and-dried beforehand?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
                There are several products on the market, however, which ever you choose, be prepared to put in some work. After the tanning process itself, there is much to
                do in softening the piece of hide. It needs to be broken down through stretching
                and working it over an edge of a board. The secret to good results of course is
                the product used, but more important is the time you put into the fleshing job in
                the first place. The thinner you can flesh the hide and get it closer to the hair
                roots, the softer the skin will be. The fleshing process can only be done right
                with a sharp draw knife and that will take some knowhow and patience to learn.
                Tanning one's own hides may be satisfying to do, however, I am not sure it is
                worth the effort. After all my years as a taxidermist, I finally learned it was much
                easier to have tanning done at a profesional tannery. Tanning kits or supplies
                can be purchased at VanDykes Taxidermy, Chase Taxidermy and if you bring
                up taxidermy supplies on the internet, you will find many more. Good luck.
                Thanks for the input. I don't mind putting in the work, as long as the finished product turns out well. My next-door neighbor happens to be a taxidermist, and he said he could flesh the hides for me at a small cost. I'm sure he would do a better job than I could. You mentioned that part of the secret is the product used - is there a specific product you would recommend?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
                  There are several products on the market, however, which ever you choose, be prepared to put in some work. After the tanning process itself, there is much to
                  do in softening the piece of hide. It needs to be broken down through stretching
                  and working it over an edge of a board. The secret to good results of course is
                  the product used, but more important is the time you put into the fleshing job in
                  the first place. The thinner you can flesh the hide and get it closer to the hair
                  roots, the softer the skin will be. The fleshing process can only be done right
                  with a sharp draw knife and that will take some knowhow and patience to learn.
                  Tanning one's own hides may be satisfying to do, however, I am not sure it is
                  worth the effort. After all my years as a taxidermist, I finally learned it was much
                  easier to have tanning done at a profesional tannery. Tanning kits or supplies
                  can be purchased at VanDykes Taxidermy, Chase Taxidermy and if you bring
                  up taxidermy supplies on the internet, you will find many more. Good luck.
                  The above information concerning thinning of the hide pertains only to large animal hides such as deer,
                  bear, elk etc. In as much as most people are more likely to be tanning small mammal skins, the thinning
                  information does not pertain, only that all flesh and fat is removed. The one mammal that might need some
                  thinning is a coon, they are a very fatty skin animal and have to be well scraped of all fat. Small mammals
                  all have thin skins anyway. Hft, it has been too long ago that I did any tanning of my own and I am sure
                  different products are now on the market that I have no knowledge of and I would now hate to make a
                  recomendation for you and possible stear you wrong. Maybe your neighbor would be a better individual to
                  ask about that. In regards to your question concerning what needs to be done to hides prior to sending
                  to a tanner, they need to be well salted (I used cattle sale, it is a coarser salt than table salt) the salt will
                  become wet from the moisture drawn out of the skin. Remove the wet salt and apply dry salt and ship to
                  a tanner when the skins are dry and stiff. I used Yonas Bros. in Minn., but I am not sure if they do work
                  for individuals or just for prof. taxidermists. You might locate them on the internet and inquire. Sorry I could
                  not give you more specific info., too many years gone by I am afraid !

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JM View Post
                    I was taught to practice on small animals. I did a few small animals(squirrels, rabbits, etc.) with everything from brain tanning to products I bought online from China. Something I learned is that practicing on a small piece(like a 5"x5" piece) will result in the same product as the full size with much less work. I'd suggest doing the same...practice on the throwaway pieces with different products. I'd even try brain tanning if I were you.
                    Yeah I was like 4th or 5th before that account got drop-kicked. Wonder how high I would've been by now lol.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JM View Post
                      I was taught to practice on small animals. I did a few small animals(squirrels, rabbits, etc.) with everything from brain tanning to products I bought online from China. Something I learned is that practicing on a small piece(like a 5"x5" piece) will result in the same product as the full size with much less work. I'd suggest doing the same...practice on the throwaway pieces with different products. I'd even try brain tanning if I were you.
                      You'd probably be 2nd, because I don't think anybody's catching charlie. Lol

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                      • #12
                        I use Wolf River Tannery http://wolfrivertannery.com
                        in Shiocton WI

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
                          Had the same result as you so now I take my hides to a professional tannery. Much less work plus better quality than I could do.
                          I use Wolf River Tannery http://wolfrivertannery.com
                          in Shiocton WI Hides should be fleshed and salted, dry but not brittle. They do it all for an extra charge.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
                            Had the same result as you so now I take my hides to a professional tannery. Much less work plus better quality than I could do.
                            Thanks. Will check it out.

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                            • #15
                              I haven't but here's some help...

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