[medieval-leather] Re: Cow hide to Tan
>1. Technically it will work with the hair on. BUT it won't seem like abig piece of fur when you are done. It will pretty much ruin the hair,
and it can be taken off after tanning by rubbing on a nail in a post.
Which works well for shoe strings. (At least that is what the foxfire
books say) If you want a piece of fur I would suggest alum tanning,
which I don't know how to do.
Hmm maybe I'd better try another method I was wanting it to sit on as it is
so big, I Alum tanned a deer hide last year, which worked OK
>2. No you add the hide to the tannin after it has been cooled. If you doit when boiling you will most likely make quick curboilie (sp?) and have
a big chunk of cow plastic that is really brittle. :-) I would suggest
making it in batches. I use a big 5 gallon pressure cooker that washed
up in the flood one year. (Also makes a good dye pot, but you have to
remember not to use the lid.)
That's what I though, but wanted to be sure
>3. Now that is a difficult question to answer. All that I have ever doneis go to the tree with hatchet in hand, and then cut off as much as I can
until my arm gets tired into a paper bag. For one that size it would
depend on the amount of water that you use. But remember this I don't
think that it is possible to have too much so if I were you I would "eye
ball" it, and probably just fill up a big paper grocery bag or the
OK, big paper grocery bag BTW way is lost on me we don't have such a thing
here :) But I get the idea lots !
I might try this with the next cow, if I find a hair tanning methos.