what kind of oils to use?

Submitted by Angela on 12/18/1998. ( troublegg2 )

I am doing a deer skin for the first time . I am almost ready to pickle, I know after that step i oil. But what kind of oils do i use? Is there any household oils i can use, if not what and where can i purchase the oils i need? I would really be greatfull for any advice anyone can give me. This has been a good learning experiance for and lots of fun. I cant wait for the finished hide.
thanks a mill.

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This response submitted by Wes Murphy on 12/19/1998. ( w_murphy@hotmail.com )

Look up McKenzie Taxidermy supply I think they are in Granit Quarry N.C. dont have there phone # handy, Im sure you can get it thru information or maybe here on the net. If you call ask for Mike Gillis or Phil Helms, they are good guys to ask for any support or questions you may have.

angela, your next step...

This response submitted by Bill on 12/19/1998. ( yoxtax@aol.com )

oiling comes after tanning. Once tanned, you rehydrate with an oil. THEN take Wes' good advice.

Household Oils don't do it!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 12/19/1998. ( rittel@ici.net )

Unfortunately, household oils arent intended to penetrate and bond to the fibers. They are usually only for lubricating the outer layer of leather. So ---- you need a tanning oil that has been treated so that it will penetrate and its charge will help it bond to the skin. Try WASCO or any of the large Taxidermy Suppliers. They all offer good oils. DONT try using Mink Oil, or Common Neatsfoot oils, the ones that are offered for shoes. Merry Christmas!

Thanks for all your help

This response submitted by Angela on 12/20/1998. ( Troublegg2 )

Thanks for your responces. they will be a great help. I will give Mike or Phil a call. If I have any more questons I know were to turn.

Rittel's Pro Plus Oil

This response submitted by Ang on 1/27/1999. ( )

I am glad you are trying your own deer hide. Take it from me...I am
rather new at all of this also but, I have been doing my own "game
animals" for about 1 1/2 years. Nothing comes easy but, learning can be
great fun!
As for your deer hide, I would recommend a kit the first time. I have
used several different brands of tanning kits and Rittel's E-Z 100
tanning kit has produced the finest results. The name "E-Z" doesn't
mean that it is not a difficult procedure...most of the work comes
before the tanning process even starts but, I do believe that if you
have prepared your cape properly it is "E-Z" to get fantastic results
from The E-Z 100 products. I must also say...and I just might "yell"
I HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF USING!!! :) Really, my husband has
commented on the pleasant fragrance of the hides that I have tanned
using the EZ-100 kit. It smells like a fine leather coat. I am
very sorry for being so "windy" I think I need to get out of the house.
Well, I am going to go goose hunting now, it's a lovely day today...

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