Help with tanning process2018-12-11T18:05:24-05:00

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  • Avatarbhilligas
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    So I have a coon hide I just skinned and fleshed last night, at the moment I have it on a wire stretcher with a good layer of salt on both sides. What I’m wanting to know is if it is necessary to give it a salt bath or can I just salt it and let it dry out some, then wash all the dirt and everything out of it, let it drip dry till its damp and then put the tanning solution on. It’s got a few holes in it from fleshing since I’m just starting and am not used to the fleshing knife yet, so it would make a good practice hide if anything

    medicdanomedicdano
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    No need to salt. Just air dry and wipe the grease off it occasionally. Should dry in less than a week. Then you can start the rehydration process with tanning.

    Avatarbhilligas
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    From what I’ve read, salting them helps sets the hairs

    medicdanomedicdano
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    It doesnt make any difference. 98% of all the fur sold across the world never sees salt. It just has to dry before it starts to rot, which depends on drying temp. Ive had some take 10 days to dry and the hair never slipped. Skin and flesh ot with in 24 hours of death and you will be fine.

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