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RE: Tanning hides...
When I was working as a Native American at a living history museum (St. Mary's
City), they told us that the way to stretch hides was thus:
-Stretch the hide by putting holes around the edges and pulling it to a frame.
-Scrape off all the fat. Make sure you get it all. We used the edge of a bone,
-Take the deer's brain, put it in a blender (didn't ya know the Native
Americans had those in the 1600s??) with a little water, and rub it into the
hide. Do this really well. Or you can use 2 pig brains, but one deer brain =
enough for one deer hide
-Take your hide and put it in the loft of your home, over a smoky fire til
it's nice and supple. If you don't heat your home with a little smoky fire in
the middle of your floor, well, improvise :)
I must admit, I never did this myself, and I can't bring myself to stop for
roadkill and experiment. But if anyone wants to do a class or demo on this,
please let me know! I do know that my entire outfit for work was made this
way, and it was really comfortable and soft...
In Service (for whatever it's worth *grin*)
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