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How To Get Rugs Flat?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by bowarri, Sep 18, 2023.

  1. bowarri

    bowarri New Member

    Hi, I've been getting into tanning more, for sheep and goat rugs mostly. I'm having trouble getting them flat, especially the rump area. I only use a couple of hand tools, and I've used a number of tanning chemicals but keep coming back to Trubond 1000b

    I've pegged them out after tanning and taken them down just as they are drying to break them. They break fine, but the lump over the rump comes back after breaking, leaving the hide lumpy on the floor.

    What's the trick with that?
  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Lay em on the floor, cover with a sheet of 3/4 plywood, and set bunch of cinder blocks or sacks of quickcrete on it. After a period of time, remove everything and you’ll have a flat skin.
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  3. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    They should be broke before you mount them.
    Hydrate the head area only, then the pit areas, cut and sew. Then stretched out on plywood with a U cut into the wood to accommodate the head. Then a quick damping of the skin, stretch and staple to the ply till dry. If you want you can just do a light coat of oil on the skin till dry.
  4. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I assumed he was referring to flatskins.
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  5. bowarri

    bowarri New Member

    Yes, I am referring to flat skins