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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: home tanning
You need to go all out- rehydrate, rinse, and into a pickle. You need to monitor the PH. Detail flesh and thinning of the thicker areas, back in pickle, next day degrease in a commercial fur dressing degreaser. Back in pickle a few more days, then you need to neutralize the hides, and apply tanning cream, etc. I've been using Headquarter's Supplies tanning stuff. It works great on foxes, and I can get coons to at least be wall hangers- they come out a little bit stiff. Much of the finishing work is breaking the hides to get them as soft as you can. Easy on foxes, but the thicker hide animals are harder. I've tried tanning beavers, very hard to soften them in finishing.