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Question about tanning pelts.

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I was thinking about doing some trapping next season, I have looked at many youtube video's, but had a question.

1. living in the harrisburg area, where could i send skins to get tanned?
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you could ship them to any tannery or johnsons furs in enola will take care of it all for you.
charman03 said:
you could ship them to any tannery or johnsons furs in enola will take care of it all for you.
Thanks, i know where that is...
You can tan them yourself with Krowtann2000. I use it and it works great.
Thanks ACE, i'll check out that product as well.
ACEarcher said:
You can tan them yourself with Krowtann2000. I use it and it works great.
i also use this product but if you want a soft supple leather you better get it professionally tanned...
If its wallhangers it doesn't really matter.
buckmasters243 said:
If its wallhangers it doesn't really matter.
may not to you but it does to me, a soft supple wall hanger looks alot better than a home tanned pelt hanging....a home tanned pelt will still have that stretcher look to it somewhat....and when someone comes and looks at it and they touch it or hold it ,it just represents the animal better...IMO
I guess its "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" type thing. I don't mind breaking the hide and working soft.
Callmaker-
Something I really should of pointed out that other members have already. If you use Krowtann 2000 you will have to either break the hide yourself or use a softning cream. If you just plan on hanging the hide on the wall then yeah it prob won't matter to much, but if you want to sleep with it or say maybe drape it over a chair it will need to be worked. I've done a coyote, fox and a bobcat with Krowtann 2000 and the only difficulty in the entire process is breaking the hide. IMO the price of the krowtann, the satisfaction of doing it yourself and the option of tanning it exactly how you want out weigh the price it is to have it sent away to tan ( IMO ).
Thanks ace
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Here is a finished product from using crow tan:
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Only areas is hair pulling are behind the ears. You can see a small spot in the pic. I left it to dry hair out, hair in, then hair out. Well, I left it to dry hair in to long and I had some slight slipping. Learning experience.

Here is a view of what it looks like when you breaking the hide. The darker colors are were the hide needs to be broken more. The white looking areas are the soft, plush leather everybody knows and loves. You can get it, but it just takes some elbow grease.
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The better you flesh it the better it will be.
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Not a problem. Glad to help. If you have anymore questions about how I did it or anymore tips and tricks. Just send me a PM.
ACEarcher said:
Not a problem. Glad to help. If you have anymore questions about how I did it or anymore tips and tricks. Just send me a PM.
will do, thanks again.
Hey ACE have you ever tried Krow-oil for it? I've heard that it makes it softer. I know they sell it at this website
krow oil
No, I haven't, but I will most likely now. Thanks for the tip!
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