Friend of mine recieved a fresh buffalo hide today and wants to tan it, leaving the hair on. He currently has it salted, but is not sure where to go from there. And I am not sure what to tell him--I tanned a few much smaller hides/skins years ago, but never anything of this magnitude. I have done some reading on the subject, and have printed some information for him this evening. Any advice, articles, web-links, whatever, would be appreciated. Thank you.
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to a tannery,I am a beginner and have been reading on this site for
about a year now and I know all the Pros are gonna tell you to send it to a tannery.
Better send it to the tannerie iv skinned one this year and roughed fleshed it and that was hard enough
A Buffalo skin must be shaved - at least twice - if you expect a soft supple finished piece! Normally it's shaved thin once - put back in the pickle overnight - then shaved one last time the next day! Sometimes even 3 times.
My advice - if you dont own a Shaving Machine - send it to a reputable Tannery like K&K Tannery or Bucks County fur Products! I can give you Telephone numbers if you need them. Simply e-mail me at the above e-mail address.