Tan Your Hide!
By Phyllis Hobson
Our long-time homesteader, Jerreth, wrote the following review. Our beginning homesteader, Flea, has actually tanned a few hides and will be reviewing other books on the subject in the future. If you’re inclined to purchase your own copy of this book, we’d appreciate you using the affiliate link below and helping to support our endeavors.
Ever since I was a kid, I have wanted to learn how to tan hides. Over the years, I have tried a wide variety of things. This is an excellent resource that presents different ways to tan a hide. I learned a lot from this book. The steps are clear cut. However, I didn’t manage to get a hide that was truly soft, and somehow when I tried to leave the fur on one side, the fur ended up coming out in tufts. I probably missed something in the instructions. The book is easy to read and I would highly recommend it if you are interested in tanning hides of any sort of animal. This is a basic primer that explains some of the differences between a cow hide, goat hide, sheepskin, pig skin etc. It tells you where you can get the supplies you need. It mentions leather working. I enjoy leather working. Their treatment of this topic is very basic. It is for the person who has no idea what leather working is. They include pictures of the tools with their names and a short description. The book describes a few simple projects and how a person could do them.
The descriptions of the steps for tanning something are very short. They don’t tell you things like maybe it would be best to learn to tan rabbit skins first because they are smaller etc. This book paints the broad picture of what you are doing when you tan a hide. It doesn’t give you any idea of the time you need for each step or the muscle power that is involved. I found the reading enjoyable and helpful, but the instructions were not detailed enough for me to be successful. I already knew how to skin things, so that was no big deal. However, for someone totally new to skinning, they would probably be confused trying to follow the instructions in the book to skin something. As far as I can tell, everything that is said in this book is absolutely accurate. However, unless you already know, you might have a tough time.
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