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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-16-2015, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Tanning question

I have some grey fox and mink hides that I am planning on tanning this winter. They're in the freezer now, skinned and fleshed. If one is going to home tan them, am I better off not drying them on my wood or wire stretchers? I'm thinking a fleshed undried hide might tan better than a rehydrated dried hide.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-17-2015, 09:16 AM
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Re: Tanning question

Flesh, salt, pickle, tan. Some animals need degreased before the tan. I salt my small mammals for a day and then rehydrate if there are some dry spots. Just soak in cold water with some bactericide till rehydrated. It then goes in the pickle till you are ready to tan. Lots of different ways to get a good product. Leave them in the freezer till you decide how to do it. Breaking involved for a mammal not to be mounted. Lots of information at this site. Do some reading first.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-17-2015, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Tanning question

Thanks Joey, I'll give it a go. Good year to play around with tanning, as fur value is in the cellar.
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