Step 1 flesh the hide fleshing the hide is the process of scraping off the flesh and fat which prevents the hide from rotting place the hide on a fleshing beam a beam designed to hold the hide in place as you work or on a tarp on the ground use a fleshing blade to scrape off all visible traces of flesh and fat using quick strong strokes flesh the hide immediately after cutting the hide from step 2 wash the hide use clean water and soap made from natural substances to wash away . How to tan hides and make leather home tanning and leather making guide return to the arts and crafts our ancestors new so well as they lived off the land in a self sufficient life survival meant knowing how to skin an animal and use every piece of it a wealth of information is presented to be able to choose your hide skin the animal and . After 5 more days remove another 5 gallons of mixture and replace with 5 gallons of the fresh mixture no more vinegar needed take hide out of the water get another 40 pounds of bark and moisten with water and then add moistened bark directly to the water put hide back into water. The first step of tanning is to make the hide ready for tanning use a plywood or frame as a support while performing the steps of tanning remove the skin carefully from the dead animal take care that only a bit of meat and the fleshy part remains on the skin. Step 4 prepare the tanning solution we use the leder tanning kit it includes the tanning chemical leather oil and a fleshing knife the 500ml bottle of tanning chemical will tan approx 6kg of skins between 4 6 deer hides depending on their size there are a number of different brands and options for tanning chemicals
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