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breaking a hide by hand

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Ed, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. Ed

    Ed Member

    How long would one have to break a hide by hand to get a real supple hide? Thankyou.
  2. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    Depends on what kind of hide, what kind of tan and how well it was prepared..

  3. Ed

    Ed Member

    This would be a typical whitetail hide that has been shaved. Ed
  4. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    Well, since you failed to mention the type of tan...I'll tell you about my method.
    I use formic acid pickle/liquid tan.

    Once the liquid tan is applied to the well drained damp hide, I let it sweat overnight. I then open up the hide to the air and let it start drying.

    If drying too fast I'll put it back in a plastic bag to slow it down.

    I usually work it twice a day for 3 to 4 days before it's acceptable to me.
  5. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Using Lutan F, Slow drying is key and plenty of tanning oil applied when needed. Iuse Protal from Vandykes and works well. The end of your fleshing beam makes (if you have a hard wood one) a great break-in tool. Running the flesh side of the hide over this area with force will do wonders.