I'd loooove to do a cowhide for myself. I'm not new to tanning, I have a fleshing machine... my question is, would a 55 gallon drum be large enough to pickle and tan this thing in? If not, what would? And would soak times for safety acid and Lutan F drastically change from what I normally do for elk?
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Pickle time should still be around 3 days (you can poke a hole through it after 3 days to see if it's pickled through)
Tanning with Lutan F would be around 24hrs. Don't over do it! Again cut a small hole in the neck area to see if it's white all the way through. Have a good one! Joe
BTW, Shave it thin! Real thin!
Your'e gonna really get nice and Buff in the arms and shoulders when you are done with that skin. Shave it really thin. Do you have a tumbler big enough to break it correctly?
No, I don't have a tumbler. I've been meaning to put that thing together. I worked a deer hide to some nice softness this year without one. It was a lot of work, but I think acid bate and some good shaving did it some good prior to breaking it.
Is cowhide drastically thicker than whitetail hide?
Who has time for the gym? I gotta take these workouts when I can get them...