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Help on Softening a Dry Tan Bobcat

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by RichMO, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. RichMO

    RichMO Well-Known Member

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    I know "Search" there is literally 12 pages related to this subject but I thought I would still ask. I had a bobcat dry tanned and was to be a wall hanger. There wet tan deer capes are good but this is like a piece of leather that is stiff and rough. Not at all soft like I have seen on others in the past. Now this is a customers hide and he asked me what can be done to soften this up to almost glove like. So this is the question "What can be done"??? I don't have a drum so that is basically out for me. Thanks.
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    What about sending it to a tannery to finish it out? It might be worth a try.
     

  3. zammerak

    zammerak Member

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    Was the hide oiled during the tanning process? have you tried breaking (stretching) the hide to soften it?
     
  4. Rhino

    Rhino Too many irons in the fire will put the fire out!

    Rich, could you please pose a pic of the skin side of that cat? From what I gather here, he already paid someone to tan it correctly. A pic would tell me a bunch!