Has anyone tried tanning hides without salting them first? I tried this out on several deer hides and found it to work very well. After the animal was skinned it went right into the pickle (with some alum powder in it) then shaved repickled, nutralized and tanned. I know of a tannery who also does it like this. Also what about using plain laundry detergent and cold water for degreasing?
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Craig,I tried this on two different hides and when I rehydated I had problems with loose hair.This doesn't mean those hides couldn't have had problems before I recieved them,but Iplay it safe and salt before pickleing and I don't have any problems with loose hair when salting.Bruce Rittel has several videos on tanning and he says the importance for salting is it helps to set the epidermis.
If your not going to salt dry your skins first, you need to use 8 to 10 LBS. per 55 U.S. gal or 45 Can gal. ans still 1 lbs of salt per gal water. When you put the skin in the pickel, stir it up really good
THEN DO NOT STIR ANY MORE be sure the skin is submerged and stays that way. The Alum will settal on the skin and will draw the moisture from the fat and meat. The next day remove the skin drain and flesh.
If their are any pink spots just put it back in the pickeling. Then neutralize then tan. You can leave 1/4 " of fat on the skin.And you will see a dry salted skin has to be degreased and a p[ickeled skin with alum, little no no degreassing. And I've tanned thousands of skins from all over the world this way. (705)476-0483 if you have any questions.