flat hide problem

Submitted by martin on 3/28/01. ( martkimp@ktc.com )

I am having a problem getting axis deer hides soft, I am using a formic acid tan.dropping my ph to 2.5 and salt to 40%. I am shaving the hides down till thay are about 1/8 thick. then a kwik rinse with bakeing soda and water. I then oil them with pro oil and role them up for a day or two. I then unrole them and reoil and then let them dry. when dry i put them in mt tumbler for two to three days. then i run then thu my slapper and brake them . after a day thay seem to get stiff again. what am i doing wrong.I have even gone back and reoilled,tumbled,and slapped them two or three times. Anyone know what i am doing wrong.

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What tan

This response submitted by Frank Kotula on 3/29/01. ( basswtrout@aol.com )

What kind of tan are you using? It sounds like your just using a tanning oil. That doesn't tan a hide. You need to tan it first with a quality tan. There are many out there from Knobloch's and Rittel's. Get a hold of them and they can give you much more advice on rug making.

tumble sooner

This response submitted by Cary Troxell on 3/29/01. ( )


The hide will break down better if you tumble before it has completely dried out...........i only tumble for 30 minutes and they are soft as can be............

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