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Dry Tanning

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Micah Howards, Mar 12, 2020.

  1. Micah Howards

    Micah Howards Active Member

    So if I wanted to try to dry tan what would I need? and what would I have to do? Thanks for any help!
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    A fan and a tumbler for softness
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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Big tumbler and 50 or more pounds of tumbling medium.

    If you can't come up with a 6 ft tall 4 ft wide tumbler and 50 to 100 pounds of sawdust, all a dry tan is, is a wet tan that has been broken and dried, so you will need a lot of elbow grease. Meaning you have to manually break the hide.
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  4. Monte

    Monte Missouri fur-Limited hair-tanning

    Hi Mica if you were going to tan furs let’s say the size of a coyote and smaller you can do all of it by hand it’s not that difficult and commercial tanning we use a bench type staking tool and it takes less than five minutes to soften the fox if it is in the proper condition
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  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I used a new clean shovel with the spade head up and the handle in a vise and ran it back and forth over the spade head to break the smaller hides. An axe in a vise works the same way.
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