Thickness of cow hide

Submitted by Jeff on 9/22/05 at 9:39 PM. ( )

I have some cow hide that Im tanning just to get to know the process. After taking it out of the pickel it seems very thick (yet all the red meat and fat is gone), do cows have a extra thick skin that needs to be shaved several times if i want to make it soft after the tanning?

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Thick Hide

This response submitted by RLW on 9/22/05 at 10:00 PM. ( )

You are correct in seeing the hide swell and look thick. This is good. Shave again and soak, adjust Ph. Shave again, repeat, if plump the 3 or 4th time, repeat. Lots of beaming here for a fine hide.

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