hanging a hide

Submitted by Brenda Bitting on 4/21/05 at 7:18 PM. ( )

Am needing info on options to hang a steer hide appropriately to give best appearance, prevent sagging tearing, etc.

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What have you done to it

This response submitted by Dragon on 4/24/05 at 8:03 PM. ( lorddragon75@icqmail.com )

What have you done to the hide, have you clend it?
If so then all you need to do is let it hang out side for a bit to become Raw hide then it is ready to hang it up with out it sagging or tearing.
Just in case you do not know how to do it here is how that I got from the web:

[[Making rawhide means just what the word says: Raw Hide. This means you don't do anything to it!

Just scrape off every little bit of meat on the flesh side on a fleshing beam or other standard ways.

Then cut off the hair, and when it's short, scrape it off with a sharp scraper. Lots of work, this part. Now you have rawhide.

Bernard Mason, in the book Camping & woodcraft, states that "Salt ruins it for rawhide". Preserve your skin by drying or by freezing. I dry mine by nailing them to the barn walls. Once dry, they last for years, and when I need a piece for rawhide, for example for tying my dogsled uprights to the skis, I just soak a piece, cut it into strips, and use.

You can soak the hide in water, or water and ashes, or water and all sorts of other junk if you want to remove the hair more easily. After a while, the hair will fall out.

Note, however, that when you use the water soak method, even if you use a stream with running water over your skin, you are beginning the rotting process of the skin, which will make it less resistant.

For making really good and strong rawhide, as for making snowshoes, Indians here NEVER soak the skin, because the leather is much weaker.

To thin down the skin to even thickness, Indians here stretch out the wet skin on a stretcher and put it out to freeze at -20 degrees or lower. They then use a scraper which looks a bit like an axe to which is attached a long perpendicular handle, and use it to shave off layers from the flesh side until the skin is the proper thickness.

In warmer climates, you do the same thing, but dry scrape it to thickness. Note that the toughest part of the skin is on the hair side, and you don't usually scrape that side, except what is necessary to remove the hair bristles.

For drums, you will find cowhide too thick, I think!]]

I hope that it helps... :>


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