Hey has anyone tried to tan the velvet from caribou shovels or such? I skinned out a whole pile of shovels one fall with the grand idea of attempting some sort of tan - never got one of those "round tuits" and tossed them.
The shovel hide looks kinda neat when skinned out and flattened - looks sorta like a fuzzy Rorschach ink blot test.
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There's no reason it shouldnt be able to be tanned just like any other protein! However - like you pointed out - the yield in usable material would be of little commercial value.
I thought someone might have tried it. Granted most people don't have access to fresh velvet since the bou antlers can be pretty funky by the time they show up.
A lot of my hunters thought the stuff looked really neat and at the time I was useing a flat sharpened shiv to remove the velvet leaving the stuff relatively intact. Thought I might get some bonus dollars out of the stuff.
By the time I got home to my studio our local season was in full swing and I didn't have much play time that year - tossed the stuff somewhere down the line. I've always been curious though.