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Thawing Buffalo Hide for soft tan

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by dwimberly, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. dwimberly

    dwimberly Member

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    I have a customer that called about getting a buffalo hide soft tanned. Being I am not a tannery I would have to send this off to my tannery. Typically I would thaw something like this out in a pickle bath before fleshing but I am not sure that is what I would need to do in this case. My tannery thought about maybe thawing it out in a brine solution with a bactericide i.e. Lysol? Any thoughts about how to thaw so that I could flesh and it wouldn't mess with the tannery's process either? I would be scared to let this thaw at room temp, I believe slippage would occur if done that way.
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I thaw them out in a heavy brine solution. I have a clean garbage can for this. I fill half full with water, add a bag of salt, stir up, add hide, then add water if needed. Once thawed, I get help and hang it up and wash all the manure out of hair, rinse well. Let drip dry. Flesh as normal. I salt both sides of hide hang to dry, fold or roll it up before it is dried hard and box, send to tannery, A lot of work and expensive to ship, so charge accordingly. I use Moyle for those, FYI don't promise a quick turn around.
     

  3. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    Don't get lysol anywhere near hides.