How to thin a hide

Submitted by gene on 12/29/05 at 9:58 AM. ( )

I'm new at this and have no Idea how to thin a hide or what tool(s)are needed to do it. Any help would be appreciated. thanks

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hi gene

This response submitted by Mr.T on 12/29/05 at 10:51 AM. ( )

Just what are you trying to thin? Small critters do not need thinning. Maybe deer on up should need thinning to get better detail and less shrink. Several ways to thin with knives, buy hand or machine. If you are doing you're first deer or two, you can get buy without thinning. To thin a hide is to cut or shave the excess thick skin off and stopping just before the hair roots. This is not hard to do; the trick is learning were to stop as not to make it to thin. There are videos that teach how to flesh and thin everywhere.
Areas to thin are the neck and face. Brisket and armpit areas are thin skin already. For the face area, a skive knife or scalpel will work. For the neck area, a very sharp knife and fleshing beam is tough sledding but can be done. This is where a fleshing/shaving machine comes in handy. However, a machine is a luxury to a beginner. You may want to look around to find someone with a machine to shave or thin for you, or send the hide/cape out to a tannery that can do that service for you.


This response submitted by John W. on 12/29/05 at 11:28 AM. ( )

Gene,you take all the red meat and fat first,and after this you'll want to take off all the membrane.This can be done with a very sharp knife,but it is a lot of work.A fleshing or beaming knife will take all the big stuff off pretty quick.A fleshing machine is the best way to thin down a cape ,but this takes some dough and a lot of practice.The main thing is to make sure the skin is uniform{not to thick in some areas and thinner in others}.A wire wheel on a bench grinder can work for thinning down hides also,but you'll wanna make sure you cool the skin down as your doing it or you'll slip hair.You have to be careful of not burning through the skin also.


This response submitted by Kevin M. on 12/29/05 at 1:40 PM. ( )

Do yourself a favor buy a video. WASCO, Van Dykes. They all have them.Best $20 you'll ever spend.

thinning hides

This response submitted by gene on 12/30/05 at 5:46 AM. ( )

Thank you Kevin, Tom, and Mr.T. for your help. I'm working with an elk hide and using the salt & alum tanning method. Gene

Washing soda and borax

This response submitted by gene on 12/31/05 at 9:17 AM. ( )

What is the funtion of Washing-Soda and/or Borax in the tanning proces? Can it be used with a Salt & Alum tan? gene

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