I recently recieved some deer hides which need much softening for preparations to be made into moccosins. I have heard that two ways to do this is to tumble with sawdust and blocks of wood. The other includes using sand. Please tell me if any of these work. The hides just need to be softened some. The sides are wrinkled and seem to be poory tanned.
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Don't know where the sand came form, but I doubt you have a tumbler large enough to work. I think Bruce Rittel mentioned that the hide needs to drop 8 feet to work well.
If the hides have been tanned, you need to oil the leather and "break" it. It's hard, brutal work. Check the archives to see how you can do it.