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Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: North central,Pa.-but not home !
Re: tanning a bear hide.............
Bear skin = one really greasey beast!!!!!!! Degreasing it is top of the things to do. Next,i would put,thinning it down,after pickling it,prior to tanning. If you get this far,breaking the hide,to soften it,by hand,you will look like the Hulk!!!!!
There are books,on tanning,at your library.
Also,your salted deer hide,watch it for bugs and slippage?
It is truly worth the price a tannery wants,to do a bear.