Hoping someone can help me out here. I’ve been tanning hides and such for a few years now and I’ve gotten into a good working system for the majority of the process and I’m very happy with the end results of the hides on work on. My question lies in smoking hides and or the process to stop them from stiffening back up if they were to get wet or be washed. The bucksins that I tan I smoke as a final step and that does the trick very well but is there another way without smoking to do this? I feel like professional tanneries (which I am not) don’t go and smoke all the hides people send them, so is there a chemical bath or process I don’t know about to achieve this? I have furs (coyote, fox etc) that I want to make into some hats and mittens and want to protect them from stiffening if they were to get wet. Thanks.