I have tanned some squirrel skins using the alcohol/turpentine pickle. I have been looking for Neatsfoot oil to finish them. Where do I find this stuff? Is there another type of oil that I can use?
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Go to Walmart they should have it near the shoes around the shoe polish.good luck
look in feed stores or leather stores they will have it.
Maybe I've been away from tanning too long to remember, but isn't neats foot oil used to DRESS leather? It's not a finishing or softening oil is it? And on a squirrel? I do remember it's made from the shins and leg bones of cows and I THINK I recall using it when I tooled leather, but certainly not tanning. Somebody let me know if Alzheimers has already set in.
You're right George. Plain ole Neatsfoot oil is meant for the outside of the shoe or boot as simply a dressing. It will not penetrate.
However - if you expose it to an acid and then call it a sulfonated or bisulfited oil - then you get a charge on it and it becomes useful in tanning skins and capes.
However, I dont know how it would react with a "alcohol-turpentine" tan(?).
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