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So I think I'm going to tan some friends doe hides this year to make a rug. Do these last long? Id like to have it on the floor but dont want hair ripped out... I think i could hang it on my wall but i think it would look goofy! Suggestions? Thanks!
 

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The hairs would definitely begin to break off from wear and tear.
 

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i had my first flintlock BB hide tanned...

i couldnt figure out what to do with it..but it fit nicely ontop of my TV stand...yes the TV covers a good bit of it..but it looks good and worked..

i wouldnt put it on the floor if you want it to stay nice...my buddy tried using tanned hides as seat covers...didnt take long for the hair to break and pull out...
 

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you would have to make sure everything is done perfect or you will fill your room with hair, it takes a lot of time and you need some equipment to do it right.

it would be much cheaper and easier to just have a tannery do it. or just buy a hide ready.
 

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Well i'd like to experiement! Are you sure it would be cheaper? Taxidermists charge way more then supplies!
 

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dont take it to a taxi...send it straight to a tannery yourself...

with deer hides, i dont get the head tanned so you dont have to worry about turning eyes lips and ears...and fleshing is minimal on a deer hide...

i think i paid like 35$ to get a deer hide tanned..coon hides were 10-15 and a fox that i had the lips, eyes and ears turned on and feet still in was like 25...i had all 4 done for right about 100$...(2 coon hides..fleshed myself..eyes lips and ears not turned on them)


to get the same quality and nice soft leather as a tannery, your going to do A LOT of work...i hear its pretty intensive to do it yourself...

shipping is a bit pricey...but mine were shipped pretty far..i think the 4 cost me like 20$ each way...

prior to shipping, i used pickling salt on them for like 2 days to get them dry for shipping...salted them heavy and let it run off for a day then added fresh salt the next day...the salting was after fleshing..though the coon hides were the only ones that really needed fleshed
 

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How do I send it? With all the fat and stuff still on it lol? I thought you just needed salt and alum or whatever and then two buckets of something. I'll have to google around and see what I can find. Where did you send yours?
 
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