I finally have had a more or less successful attempt at tanning a deer hide. But, I still have a few hard spots that did not soften.
Here is what I have done so far.
1. Scrapped flesh and soaked in water until all hair scrapped off.
2. Soaked in biz
and water solution stirring every day for one week.
3. Spread out to dry, while pulling on it every now and then.
4. About 50% soft so I tumbled in a dryer with some wood dowels for a few hours.
5. About 90% is really soft and white looking, but what is hard will not easily stretch soft.
Right now I just put some straight biz on some of the bigger spots that are hard and am letting it soak in. I was thinking that maybe I should re-soak the hide into a new solution of water and biz, but I kindof hate to use another container of biz. I was thinking if I totally re-soak it in biz it would be a way of being sure that I miss no hard spots and it also seemed like it was easiest to pull the hide soft when it was drying after it soaked the first time.
What do you guys think? How do you normally get those last few hard spots (if you ever get them