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pine wood chips

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by rice194, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Can you use pine wood chips to soak up excess moisture and help my fleshing machine get a better grip when fleshing off heavy meat, fat and membrane before salting or will that mess the ph up when I pickle the cape?
  2. fortman

    fortman Member

    We use fine sawdust sprinkled over the leather when fleshing.This really helps get a grip on it.Also use the sawdust on fresh hides like cow etc.It also helps get a good grip on them.But the larger shaving do dull the blades and also watch for tar in the pine.


  3. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    I wouldn't use pine cause of the pitch and can cause problems latter on. I suggest salt or oak sawdust for this purpose.