Hi all, Very new here! I have been trying to tan two red deer stag hides (about 6ft+ tall and 3-4ft wide). After some internet research I went with the most commonly found method: 1) Flesh 2) Salt 3) Wash/De-grease 4) Stretch on a frame then 50:50 mix of borax and alum woth bit of water to make into a paste and apply four times 5) Sand, wash and trim 6) Loosen it up woth neetsfoot oil. So, I got up to stage 4 of this process, and my hides are not hardening at all, soft as from day one. The skin does not have any dark patches, hair stays on as on fresh deer (I assume one or two loose hairs here or there are normal?) I fleshed the skins as much as possible, any more and you can see the hair follicles although neck is super thick skin. Then I got told that I need to use some Liqui Tan (as its the only thing available where I live at the moment) and that I need to pickle the skins prior to using liqui tan. Can someone please tell me what to do?! Does this borax and alum tan even work? Very confused, determined to get it right though! Thank you in advance for your knowledge and help!