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Old 05-29-2009, 11:03 PM   #101
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oh my goodness! I NEED THE FINAL PICTURES!!! YARGGG!!! lol

PAGE 3 W00T
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:16 PM   #102
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great thread I always wanted to try it this is very helpful keep it coming
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:03 PM   #103
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What about the rest of the story? I hope everything is okay, but we need the see/hear the rest so we can go destroy the hides in our freezer.
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:49 PM   #104
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Still no update?
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:35 AM   #105
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great thread. look forward to seeing the finished result
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:41 AM   #106
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Did I miss a funeral?
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:57 PM   #107
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great idea
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:11 PM   #108
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great idea
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:19 PM   #109
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Guess I missed this first time around. Kevin, only other time I've seen a brine used before skinning was in Africa. I guess it works but like you I have never tried it. Only thing I do different is flesh cape down BEFORE salting. On small thin skinned animals like cats this might work, but on heavier skins with more meat, salt won't penetrate to do the job without fleshing first. Only other difference, I send them off to tannery
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:20 AM   #110
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what happened?
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:56 PM   #111
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Hey everyone. I am back. Sorry for the delay. Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. I have been traveling a lot the last couple of months for work and with the family and just lost my head of steam on this project. The hide is tanned and dried. I need to stretch the skin and break the hide. This part is not tough to do it just takes some time and elbow grease. I'll try to work on it some and get some photos updates up this week.
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Old 07-28-2009, 03:06 PM   #112
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can't wait to try this myself
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:45 PM   #113
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how do you go about stretching and breaking the hide Big Brass as i have a hide i am trying to do this on now, i used the same tan you did.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:40 PM   #114
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I grab the hide with my fist and literally stretch it in sections. The skin has a yellowish color to it and as the fibers break you can see the skin color turn from yellow to white. I just continue working it until the whole thing is stretched. It is tough on the hands. I will also take the hide and work the skin side back and forth over the edge of a board or broom handle in a sho shine motion. After I get the hide stretched so that it is not so stiff anymore I will put it in the clothes dryer (make abolutely sure the heat is OFF on the dryer) with a few tennis balls and let it tumble for a while (usually until my wife finds out what I am doing). After the hide is thoroughly stretched and softened I will use some 120 grit sandpaper on the skin side.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:33 AM   #115
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That's what I'm talking about!!!

Good to see this thread coming back to life. I've got 2 foxes in the freezer that I want to mess with when it cools down......
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:47 AM   #116
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Depending on the size of the hide you can run it over a piece of PVC pipe to help stretch and break fibers, use 4 or 6" for deer size or bigger and 1 1/2 or 2" for smaller. Split both ends of the big one so that I could put a piece of 2x4 in each end with bolts thru to hold in place - then I can put it between two chairs or other like height items to work from while doing the shoe shine motion. Seems to work. I like some of your other ideas too. Good job. Waiting for more pictures.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:46 AM   #117
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Sporty,
Can you throw a pic of your shoe shine idea on here?
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:35 AM   #118
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Cmon!!!! I really wanna see the final product!!!!
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:20 PM   #119
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Awesome! I've been waitin for a thread like this! I have been wanting to tan an axis hide!
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:12 AM   #120
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This is a cool thread.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:08 PM   #121
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Looking foward to the final product.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:27 PM   #122
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What a great lesson and full of good ideas. I did miss if any pro's let on as to how to split the lips and ears. Cant wait to see the final and try this on my own
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:16 PM   #123
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Nice
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:24 PM   #124
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loved this post its been very informational will have to try on next deer
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:57 PM   #125
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thats awsome cant wait to see it
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:22 PM   #126
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thanks for showing, now im going to try it
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:42 AM   #127
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Pics?
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:14 PM   #128
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wow great post. keep em coming
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:35 PM   #129
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BB you're killing me where are the final pics?
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:48 PM   #130
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Last update two weeks ago - wonder what happened?
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Old 08-14-2009, 05:08 AM   #131
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well?
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:04 AM   #132
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Looks like it died on the vine.....
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:34 AM   #133
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Very interesting thread. Always wondered what all went into tanning.
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:15 PM   #134
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what happened? did you finish it?
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:47 PM   #135
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lets see the finished product
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:14 PM   #136
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this is helpful
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:25 AM   #137
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finished project????????????
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:06 PM   #138
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Come on lets see it.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:32 PM   #139
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I have become hooked as well BB! Can't wait to see the finished product for sure! I would love to tan the hide from my second bow kill
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:52 PM   #140
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where did he go? i want some pics
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:11 AM   #141
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Bump bump
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:34 AM   #142
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Wow what a thread. Nice job!!!!
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Old 10-27-2009, 05:07 PM   #143
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bump bumpety bump where's he hidin
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:05 PM   #144
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Go to taxidermy.net. They have all the information you'd ever need or want on different kinds of tanning techniquess. Nice folks, too!

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Old 10-29-2009, 11:16 AM   #145
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Very cool!!!
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:19 PM   #146
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I have a frozen bobcat, ran out of cash and want to tan it myself. Keep the pics coming!
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:49 PM   #147
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:24 PM   #148
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Cool post....I tanned a small bobcat with a van dykes do it yourself kit about 10 years ago....the hide and hair is still in great shape!!!
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:26 PM   #149
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:27 PM   #150
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