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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: has anyone ever Brain Tanned a deer hide
Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of work to brain tan a hide.
-flesh off all meat/fat.etc
-dehair ( can do so by allowing to start rotting in water, the fur will start to slip out with the epidermis)
-stretch out to dry as rawhide
-sand both sides of rawhide which helps absorb the brain mix faster and better
-remove prepped hide from frame and cook brains up in a little bit of water, and then allow to cool
-wet the hide back out with brain mix and keep soaking with more mix in till rehydrated, then wring out as much of this liquid as you can
-work the hide by pulling, rubbing over something, and more pulling, till hide starts drying about 1/2 way
- apply more brain mix, wring, and work the hide again till 1/2 dry
- do it again 2-4 more times, then keep working the hide till it's dry and soft as flannel
- roll hide up and store till you can do the smoking process
I haven't done the smoking part, but I know it involves old dried punky wood, and a frame for the hide so it smokes evenly. You have to flip the hide to the other way to smoke the other side as well.
There are books on how to do this dry scrape, or to do wet scrape, as well as all sorts of stuff online on how to do it different ways.