Tanning in Shop With Limited Space

Submitted by ChrisB on 12/10/1998. ( cbrower@parker.com )

Okay, you've all convinced me not to use dry preservative, and I'm tired of problems with commercial tanneries, so now my problem is limited space. For a small hobby shop, what is the best container to pickle in? Would you recommend neutralizing in the same container or keeping them separate? Not having a caging drum, what is the best way of getting sawdust out of damp hides other than compressed air? If dry preservative is rubbed into a raw hide to aid in fleshing and drying up some of the wetness of the cape, will the dry preservative affect the tanning process? What are the disadvantages of a paint on tan vice full tan? I've seen where someone mentioned drying. If paint on is comparable otherwise, why go through the extra steps for full tanning? Seems to me full tanning is better, but requires a couple extra steps. If anyone has ideas for a very small shop, please advise. I can swap several ideas I have come up with that have helped me. I work in a small shop with three storage/work buildings. Thanks!

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This response submitted by Keith Daniels on 12/11/1998. ( arlcape@bright.net )

Chris, to be brief, use a 55 gallon drum, neutralize in separate container, ( pickle can be used more than once ) drum with corn cob grit (it comes out of hair easier), and use a paint on tan, for what you're doing it's the most efficient way. Keith

Use a dryer

This response submitted by Cary on 12/12/1998. ( Doctrox@hotmail.com )

A good way to dry your capes is to get an old clothes
dryer and unhook the heating element. then fill the holes
in the back with bondo throw in your sawdust -- tumble
for awhile and the sawdust will shake out easily. Look
in the want ads for a dryer--usually when one goes bad it's
the heating element and they buy a new dryer and just want
to get rid of their old one for just about nothing. Cary

What was I thinking?

This response submitted by Cary on 12/13/1998. ( )

I must have been reading one thing and thinking another. You already have a tumbler right? Sounds to me like you need to tumble a little longer so the hair isn't so wet. Get it a little dryer and the sawdust shakes out much easier. Cary


This response submitted by TIM on 2/15/1999. ( taccs@bright.net )

Thanks Cary for the tip on using bondo in the holes of a dryer! Sounds so simple. To coin an old phrase "Why didn't I think of that? Thanks again!

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