I am tanning a bear hide for a rug, does the whole bear need to be thinned, or mainly the thick areas, like the neck and face so that the hide will come out soft. also at what point is best to degrease? after the second pickle or after degreasing?
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The best time to degrease is definitely after degreasing!
Rough flesh him and get as much of the fat off as you can.
salt him down for about 12 hrs then rough flesh him again.
salt him down again for another 12-24hrs.
pickle that bad boy for a few days. and use an enzyme in the pickle (acid bate)
pull after he is good and plump.
Just scuff most of the skin don't shave too thin (bears art thin enough)
shave the neck and head areas.
Back in the pickle for another day or so.
Then you degrease him (I like "Fat-B-Gone from WTDS)
Tan him on up!
Sorry, You degrease him then buffer. Joe