tanning or leathering carp/burbot skin

Submitted by rick on 02/22/2003. ( saskeye@hotmail.com )

How do you tan carp and/or burbot(eelpout,lawyer,ling,mariah)skin.
Any info would be much appreciated.Thanks!

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Very much like other leathers!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 02/22/2003. ( rittel@mindspring.com )

Fish skins tan into real leather very much like other skins, including WT Deerskins. First, you remove the scales by pulping the outer epidermal skin - then delime them - then pickle, shave, heavily degrease them - neutralize and tan and oil them. However - unlike other skins you should never expose them to hot solutions as they are very vulnerable to breaking down and it has a gluing effect. This is also true in snakeskin tanning too!

Thanks Bruce!

This response submitted by Richard on 02/23/2003. ( )

Thanks Bruce!
What is pulping?
How do I delime?
What do I use for pickle & how long?
What do you mean by shave?
How do I degrease,neutralize, tan& oil?
Thanks once again!

You need instructions!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 02/23/2003. ( rittel@mindspring.com )

Sorry - but I'd have to write a book to answer all those questions. Why not simply e-mail me at: Rittel@mindspring.com and request I copy and paste an instruction sheet on making leather. It would be much simplier that way.

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