Couple of questions,
1) I would like to try my hand at tanning. I have never done so before. I do not currently have a rotary knife; all work would have to be done by hand. I thought a good first project would be a raccoon rug. I trap and I have several, so to mess one up will not end my life as I know it. I've read enough to know you are THE guru of tanning. Everyone praises your products. I thought for the first project I might go with a Rittel pre-fab kit such as one might find at WASCO. My question is: which would you recommend to a beginner? Any thoughts or suggestions?
2) I currently use DP for my deer mounts. I would like to, when I feel competent, switch to tanning. Assuming a rotary knife somewhere down the line, which type of tan would you recommend for cape work. Yes, I know that tanneries are out there. I've always been more of a do it myself type. That way if something goes wrong, I've only got one person I can point the finger of blame to :)
Thanks for your time
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For a first try - get the EZ-2000 Kit. After that if you're comfortable with it, and like the results (I think you will) then you can simply buy the individual chemicals from your favorite Distributor like WASCO. The Kit is good because for this first try - everything is there except Baking Soda and Salt. This Kit will do 2 full WT deer hides. Plus - the EZ-100 is probably the best all-around tan on the market! Its good on anything from Weasels to Bisons! It's washable, produces a white leather, plenty of stretch, and it holds a tight stitch! And - if its price that may concern you, its extremely reasonable.
A Raccoon would be a good first tanning piece. At least until you did get a Shaving machine, the smaller mammels (thinner fleshed than a WT Deer) don't require a lot of shaving and you can get by without one. I've done Foxes, Coyotes, Coons and Bobcats with almost no shaving involved. Although after they are tanned and when I'm preping them for mounting, I may skife knife some areas.
Thanks for the info. There's always product info blurbs to read in the catalogs, but I wanted it narrowed to one. "Straight from the horse's mouth" seemed the way to go. Thanks again.