Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by Stix » 19 Nov 2018, 11:09 pm

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Fleshed out my first goat skin this evening.

For the most part it seemed to flesh out pretty easy & leave a nice smooth finish...much like a squid tube & very similar to the cats ive done so far.

There were a few difficult areas, but thats all down to the wuality of my skinning job--im not too good at it... :oops: ah well.
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Rekon it might turn out ok... but time will tell..fingers crossed...
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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by marksman » 20 Nov 2018, 10:13 am

great work Stix :drinks: :drinks: :drinks: :drinks:
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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by Stix » 13 Jan 2019, 10:06 pm

Well that goat skin above turned out a cracker so im stoked. :clap: i want more goat skins now...!!!

Here is a few of the latest ive been trying to turn out over the last few days...

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Some of my latest furs
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Although the cat looks small in this pic, its your average size moggie & infact the rabbits are quite sizable...!
The top 3 are furry hoppy critters...left is the fur of a milky doe, a bit on the thin side & a bit skanky aa they use all their energy into producing milk...but all in all pretty reasonable result considering.

On the right is a Port Adelaide Hare--a mate ran iver it at 1am one morning & rang me--it squeezed ok & appeared in tact so he bought it over & i dressed it out.

Its the first hare ive done & its pretty thin...you can see the holes ive put in it while fleshing.
Given how thin it is, its turned out pretty soft & supple.

The cat is a really great fur...!! Although ive put too much oil on it so i need to rectify that somehow.

The white one is a domestic bunny... :lol:
A mate helps out an old Italian couple that breed their own rabbits for food.
When he told me they asked him to slaughter them i kicked up a fuss about getting there to skin them out...
My fuss worked...!!
The fur is amazing & the leather is so supple its unbelievable... :thumbsup:
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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by Daddybang » 14 Jan 2019, 8:51 am

They look like they've come up bloody nice Stix!! :thumbsup: :drinks:
We haven't done any for a while now but I've gotta do a killer up in a couple of weeks so I'm going to experiment with making saddle leather to make a saddle for my daughter's sixteenth bday..shes only four so plenty of time if I f@#kup the first couple of attempts!!
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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by Stix » 14 Jan 2019, 9:53 am

Thanks DB... :drinks:
Im slowly getting better at the tanning side...its the skinning i suck at...!!
Shot another fox while away last week & ripped its tail in the skinning process...again... :roll:

Making your own leather & daughters saddle sounds a treat mate...!!
Thats something she'll keep & remember forever... :clap: :thumbsup:

I want to do plain leather as well, but i need to get a few roos for that--plenty of scrubbers down this way that could do with knocking over, but given the ones down here walk on 2 legs, ill have to wait till i knock some roos over with tags...!! :lol:
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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by Stix » 28 Jul 2019, 1:07 pm

Anyone tanned fallow hide before...?

Im having trouble getting them to sit in the pickle...

They want to float up & on the surface despite squeezing them out in the pickle.

Do these hairs all have little air pockets in them or something...??

Anyone experienced this...,?
What to do..?...just sit a couple bricks on them...?
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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by Oldbloke » 28 Jul 2019, 1:20 pm

Lol. Most deer hair is hollow, like a fibreglass rishing rod. Put a brick on it.
Hunt safe, look after the bush & plug more pests. :thumbsup: Better to load on the mild side. :o The greatest invention in the history of man is beer. :drinks: "Often the written message doesn't convey all of the information"
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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by marksman » 28 Jul 2019, 5:54 pm

Oldbloke wrote:Lol. Most deer hair is hollow, like a fibreglass rishing rod. Put a brick on it.


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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by Stix » 28 Jul 2019, 6:01 pm

Yep cheers...
Already put a bucket lid on them (slightly smaller than the bucket theyre in) & a big rock on that...

So if the hair is hollow & floaty...they would make good hairs for trout fishing flies wouldnt they...?...
(Not that im a fly fisherman)...

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Re: Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by Oldbloke » 28 Jul 2019, 6:49 pm

Stix wrote:So if the hair is hollow & floaty...they would make good hairs for trout fishing flies wouldnt they...?...
(Not that im a fly fisherman)...

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Yep, they do get use for that purpose. But dont ask me the details
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