|After all the meat is removed the next job is to remove the hair from
the other side of the hide. Soaking the hide in water for a day or two
loosens the hair and makes it come out easier. You don't want to cut it
off, you want to pull it out by the roots. I am doing this here with the
back of the draw knife.
One deer hide generates an amazing amount of hair. People used to use it to stuff things but I just threw most of it away and saved a bit in case I think of something to do with it.
As well as removing the hair I am also removing the outer layer of skin on the hide that gives commercially tanned hide than shiny look on the outside.
|After the hide was free of meat, hair and gristle, or as good as it
was going to get, I had to soak it in brains. I bought a pound or so of
veal brains at a local meat market for this purpose. The butcher wanted
to give me instructions on cooking them but I explained I was going to
tan a deerhide with them instead and he looked a little baffled.
I cooked the brains a little bit, mashed them up and put them in a pail of water. I also added a capful of fabric softener. Then I put in the hide and left it overnight, swishing it around as often as I could.
Here is am taking the hide out of the pail the next morning, ready to wring it out.
|Using an old paddle and a pole, I'm wringing the hide out to get as
much of the water and brains out as I can.
Are the neighbours watching?
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